-HOW TO APPLY
Parents may download the Application DS-2029 (PDF 110 KB). Be sure to answer all questions accurately. Do not leave any of the items blank. Enter N/A if not applicable. The Report of Birth Abroad is the child’s proof of U.S. citizenship and can be used to acquire a U.S. passport. Parents are encouraged to contact the Embassy as soon as possible after the birth of the child. In addition to the completed Form 2029, you are asked to submit the original and one photocopy of the following documents at your in-person appointment:
- Child’s Birth Certificate – This document must show the name(s) of the parent or parents. Short-form birth certificates generally are not acceptable for documenting your child as a U.S. citizen. Original and one photocopy
- Evidence of U.S. Citizenship and Identity – The U.S. citizen parent or parents must submit proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. An unexpired, full validity U.S. passport is the preferred form of proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. We also accept as proof of U.S. citizenship a U.S. birth certificate or a Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security if you also present a valid U.S. government or U.S. state government-issued photo identification document. Original and one photocopy. (If submitting a U.S. passport, submit two photocopies of the photo/biographical page only instead of copying the entire passport).
- Passport/Identification Document for Non-U.S. Citizen Parent – A non-U.S. citizen parent must bring his/her/their unexpired foreign passport or other valid government-issued photo identification document. Original and two photocopies. (If submitting a foreign passport, submit one photocopy of the photo/biographical page only instead of copying the entire passport).
- Parents’ Current Marriage Certificate (If Applicable) – If the marriage certificate is in a language other than English or the local language, you must provide a certified translation. Original and one photocopy of the Certificate.
- Marriage Dissolution Documentation (If Applicable) – For parents with prior marriages, we require divorce decrees, annulments, or death certificates showing that the marriages have ended, and when they ended. If your document is in a language other than English or the local language, you must provide a certified translation. Original and one photocopy of the divorce decree or death certificate.
- Proof of U.S. Citizen Parent’s Physical Presence or Residence in the United States Before the Child’s Birth
- Primary evidence of physical presence in the United States or abroad while employed by the U.S. government or other qualifying organization or as the dependent child of a person so employed includes: Original school transcripts, records of military service (DD-214) showing nature of discharge (if any), Social Security income statements, and employment records. Original and one photocopy.
- Secondary evidence might include: U.S. school/college transcripts, mortgage bills, utility bills, medical records, former/current passports with stamps, airline ticket stubs, credit card bills, or notarized affidavits from former/current employers, income tax returns filed in the United States. Original and one photocopy.
- Affidavit of Physical Presence or Residence, Parentage and Support (If Applicable) – A U.S. citizen father of a child born abroad out of wedlock and/or a non-applying U.S. citizen parent may complete and submit the DS-5507 Affidavit of Physical Presence or Residence, Parentage and Support (pdf). The form must be signed and notarized, and should be submitted to the embassy, consulate, or office providing consular services where the CRBA application (DS-2029) is submitted, along with a copy of the same government-issued identity document presented to the person who notarizes the form DS-5507. If the U.S. citizen parent who is transmitting citizenship to the child is not present when applying for a CRBA, that parent should complete Form DS-5507 as supporting evidence, which can be used to list the periods of time they spent in the United States. Original notarized document and one photocopy of photo identification document.
NOTE: If the child was born out-of-wedlock (see Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship travel.state.gov/…ile-abroad/birth-abroadp by a Child Born Abroad for clarification) to a U.S. citizen father, Affidavit of Parentage, Physical Presence and Support (PDF 113 KB) is a required document to submit. Completing this form prior to the visit to the Consular Section to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad will save our customers time and is therefore, recommended.
- If you have other children who have been issued with a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, this may be considered as supplemental evidence. Please also read important information regarding Supporting Documents.
FEES (PRICES IN U.S. DOLLARS)
The Consular Report of Birth Abroad fee is $100 USD.
THE CHILD CITIZENSHIP ACT
The Child Citizenship Act of 2000, Immigration and Nationality Act Sections 321 and 322, provides for expedited acquisition of U.S. citizenship at some point after birth for foreign-born children of U.S. citizens, including adopted children, provided all statutory conditions are fulfilled. Children born abroad who did not acquire U.S. citizenship at birth (because the parents did not meet the transmission requirements) are not eligible for a CRBA. Learn more here .