Children born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent may have a claim to U.S. citizenship. As U.S. citizen parent(s), you should report your child’s birth abroad as soon as possible to the U.S. Embassy to obtain an official record of the child’s U.S. citizenship. Applications submitted later may take significant time to resolve. It is not possible to obtain a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) for a child over the age of 18.
Even if your child holds nationality of a country other than the U.S., if your child has a claim to U.S. citizenship, he or she must use a valid U.S. passport to enter and exit the United States. U.S. citizenship must be determined before the child can obtain a U.S. passport. It is highly recommended that parents apply for their child’s first U.S. Passport at the same time as applying for their CRBA.
To verify whether your child qualifies for U.S. citizenship, please see our Eligibility Requirements.
Applicants who do not provide photocopies of their documents will be charged U.S. $1.00 per photocopy.
Once you have completed all appropriate application forms and gathered all required supporting documentation, the application will need to be signed in the presence of a U.S. Consular Officer. To submit the application in person at a U.S. Consulate, you will need to schedule an appointment. Parents are encouraged to apply for their child’s first U.S. Passport at the same time as applying for their CRBA.