Eligibility for a CRBA

In order to determine whether or not the U.S. citizen parent(s) is/are able to transmit citizenship, please refer to Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship By a Child Born Abroad.

  • Adopted children are not eligible for a CRBA

If you believe transmission requirements have been met, please schedule an appointment.  The day of the appointment you must submit originals and copies of the following:

  • Evidence of Parents’ Citizenship and Identity (2 copies): A current passport is the preferred form of proof.  A naturalization certificate, or official U.S. birth certificate is acceptable, but you must also present photo identification.
  • Child’s Birth certificate (2 copies)
  • Evidence of parents’ marriage, if applicable (1 copy)
  • Evidence of termination of all prior marriages of parents, if applicable (1 copy): divorce decree(s) or death certificate(s).
  • English translation: All supporting documents in a foreign language must be translated into English.
  • Completed application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad:  Form DS-2029 (PDF 62 KB)
  • Application for a U.S. passport: Form DS-11
  • One U.S. passport-sized photo:  2″ X 2″ with a white background showing the child’s full face with the eyes open. If the child is being held up in front of a camera, please ensure that no part of the child’s head or face is obstructed.
  • Social Security Card Application: Form SS-5-FS (PDF 56.5 KB)

For Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) and first-time passport applications, the name of the applicant should match their birth document(s). Material changes to the applicant’s name must be supported by an amended document or other name change evidence. An affidavit from the parents is not sufficient to establish a material name change. The only exception to this, as outlined in the FAM, is when obtaining an amended birth certificate would present substantial hardship, or if local vital records offices will not amend a birth certificate.

In some cases the following information may be required

  • Evidence of U.S. citizen parents’ physical presence in the U.S.(1 copy): This is required when only one parent is a U.S. citizen even if that parent was born in the U.S. Merely maintaining a residence in the U.S. (i.e. having a home in the U.S., maintaining voter registration, etc.) is insufficient.  The law requires that you must actually be in the U.S. for a total of five years, with 2 of these years being after the age of 14.  Examples of documents that can help demonstrate your presence in the U.S. include, but are not limited to, a combination of some of the following: property rental leases and payment receipts, deeds, utility bills, property tax records, automobile registrations, professional licenses, employment records or information, income tax records, stamped school transcripts, military records, income records, including W-2 salary forms, and vaccination and medical records.
  • Insufficient Evidence of Relationship.  If the documents provided do not clearly establish a biological connection between the child and the parents, DNA testing may be recommended.
  • Affidavit of parentage: required for a child conceived out of wedlock.
  • Evidence of parents’ physical presence together at time of conception (1 copy): required if the child was conceived out of wedlock, e.g. passports, leases, etc.