U.S. Citizen Services
Report of Birth
A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth if certain statutory requirements are met. The child’s parents should apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America (CRBA) to document that the child is a U.S. citizen. A CRBA is only issued to a child who acquired U.S. citizenship at birth and who is under the age of 18 at the time of the application.
According to U.S. law, a CRBA is proof of U.S. citizenship and may be used to obtain a U.S. passport and register for school, among other purposes. The U.S. Embassy strongly recommends that you establish your children’s citizenship and apply for a CRBA as soon as possible after the birth of your child.
Note: If your child has a certificate of citizenship, certificate of naturalization, CRBA, or prior passport – you do NOT need to apply for a CRBA. Please visit this page.
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Other common CRBA requests:
Are you 18 or older and never established U.S. citizenship? Click here.
Have you lost your child’s CRBA? Click here.
Does your child’s CRBA have an error? Click here.
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U.S. Citizenship Eligibility + Parental Physical Presence Requirements
U.S. parents must meet physical presence/residency requirements to transmit citizenship; we recommend reviewing those requirements prior to your appointment. For those who do not meet the statutory requirements to transmit citizenship, please see the below section, Options for Parent Not Able to Transmit U.S. Citizenship to Child.
A U.S. citizen mother may transmit U.S. citizenship to children with whom she has a genetic or gestational relationship. A U.S. citizen father may transmit U.S. citizenship to children with whom he has a genetic relationship. (Depending on the circumstances of your case, the Embassy may request medical records in addition to the child’s birth certificate.) Please follow the link to read more about citizenship determination in cases involving children born to U.S. citizens abroad using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).
Before Scheduling an Appointment
Before scheduling an appointment, you must:
- Review eligibility requirements, above.
- Download, print, and complete the CRBA Checklist
- Complete a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Form DS-2029. Do not sign.
- Complete a passport application, Form DS-11. Do not sign.
- Gather all supporting evidence (marriage certificate, birth certificate, physical presence documents, etc.), which you will find in the CRBA Checklist.
Appointments – Two Options
You have two options to schedule an appointment:
1) You may book the appointment through our online appointment system at a location of your choice.
Schedule appointments in Tel Aviv.
Schedule appointments in Jerusalem.
Schedule appointments in Haifa.
Avoid common mistakes:
- Select "Report the birth abroad of a child of a U.S. citizen and/or apply for the child’s first passport, Report of Birth and Social Security Number" in the appointment system.
- Make one (and only one) appointment for each child. A large family’s children may be scheduled on the same date as long as each child has his/her own slot and a confirmation of an individual appointment.
- The appointment website generates a password that permits you to change or cancel appointments. The program does not permit users to retrieve lost passwords, so please make a note of your password. (As there are many people seeking appointments, we ask you to cancel your appointment if you will be unable to come to the Embassy.)
- Make sure you provide an accurate e-mail address and contact number.
- Print your appointment confirmation.
2) If you would like an expedited appointment, you must submit to us scanned copies of each of the below documents:
- completed, but unsigned DS-2029
- marriage certificate, if parents are married
- the child’s Israeli birth certificate
- parents’ passports (biographical data page)
Send an email with all the above attachments to AMCTelAviv@state.gov with the subject line: “Request for CRBA appointment – NAME OF CHILD”. We will review your forms quickly to determine if they are complete. If so, we will schedule an expedited appointment for you. Once you have a confirmed appointment, you must bring all of the original documents you have scanned, as well as the completed CRBA checklist, Form DS-11, and any other supplemental documentation (see Before Scheduling an Appointment, above).
Day of Appointment
- Review our security procedures before your visit.
- Please arrive at the Embassy at least 30 minutes before your appointment time. If you are late to your appointment, you may be required to schedule another appointment.
- Bring the CRBA checklist, original documents, and any supplemental information.
- Bring Passport Application Form DS-11.
- Bring the correct fees.
- Bring passport photos – we do not have a photographer at the embassy.
- During check-in, you will be asked to fill out an application for a Social Security card, Form SS-5, which we will send on your behalf after the CRBA has been processed.
- Select a delivery option.
Commonly Asked Questions
1. How long will I have to wait for the CRBA?
The U.S. Embassy electronically transmits CRBAs and U.S. passport applications to a production facility in the United States. The facility mails the documents to U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv. Therefore, processing times can vary throughout the year. While we usually receive CRBAs and passports together after two weeks, during peak season (e.g., summer, December), you may receive your documentation up to four weeks after your interview. Please plan your travels accordingly.
2. Can my child travel to the United States while waiting for the CRBA and U.S. passport?
Unfortunately, no. Your child needs to present a U.S. passport to enter the United States.
Options for Parent Not Able to Transmit U.S. Citizenship to Child
A consular officer will inform you, verbally and in writing, of the decision regarding your child’s application. If a parent has not accrued sufficient physical presence in the U.S. to transmit his/her U.S. citizenship to the child, the child will be denied a Consular Report of Birth Abroad. Options to still obtain U.S. citizenship for the child then include:
- The U.S. citizen parent may file an immigrant visa petition for the child (IR2, biological child of a U.S. citizen). If the child is approved an immigrant visa and enters the U.S. on this visa before turning 18 years old, he/she will automatically become a U.S. citizen upon residing in the United States (under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000).
- Under certain circumstances U.S. citizen grandparents of the child may add their time in the United States to the time of the U.S. citizen biological parent so the child may naturalize. This is under Section 322 of the Immigration and Naturalization Act and is adjudicated by a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in the United States. For more information on transmission requirements for a U.S. citizen grandparent, click here.
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