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Reporting a Birth Abroad

Children born abroad to U.S. citizen parents may have a claim to U.S. citizenship. If the parents meet the legal requirements to transmit citizenship to their child, the Consular Section will issue a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). The parents may also obtain a U.S. passport and social security number for the child. Follow the link for details on the requirements for transmitting citizenship.  At least one parent must have been a U.S. citizen at the time of your child’s birth in order to pass citizenship to your child. 

We strongly recommend that you complete the CRBA application as soon as possible after the birth of your child. It is not possible to issue a CRBA for a child who is over the age of 18, but the child may still be documented as a U.S. citizen and issued a passport. 

Please Note: If your child already has a “Certificate of Citizenship” or “Certificate of Naturalization” you do NOT need to apply for a CRBA. You only need to apply for a passport through the first-time minor passport application process.

Follow the link to replace or amend a Consular Record of Birth Abroad. 

Before Scheduling an Appointment

Prior to sending us an email to schedule an appointment, you must:

  • Review eligibility requirements.
  • Download, print, and complete the CRBA Checklist
  • Complete a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Form DS-2029. Do not sign.
  • Gather supporting evidence (marriage certificate, birth certificate, physical presence documents, etc.), which can be found in the CRBA Checklist.
  • (If also applying for a passport) complete a passport application, Form DS-11. Do not sign. 

 

Scheduling an Appointment

Once complete, please send an email to TelAvivCRBA@state.gov with the subject line: “Request for CRBA appointment – [NAME OF YOUR CHILD]”. Each child requiring a CRBA will need a separate appointment, though you may send all the information and documentation in one email. 

In your email, please include

  • Scanned copies of:
    • completed, but unsigned DS-2029 form
    • marriage certificate, if parents are married
    • the child’s Israeli birth certificate
    • parents’ passports (biographical data page) 
  • Two preferences for an appointment date (M-F, 8am-845am, except scheduled closures)
  • If you would like to renew the passport applications of your other children at this appointment, we will accommodate this request. You must include the full name (first, middle, last name) and Date of Birth of each additional child who will apply for a passport at this appointment.  You will need to complete form DS-11 and provide all accompanying documentation in order to qualify at the time of the interview. Please review the minor passport renewal requirements. If you come unprepared, you may be asked to reschedule your appointment.

We will review your forms quickly to determine if they are complete. If so, we will schedule an expedited appointment for you.

 

Day of Your Appointment

  • Review our security procedures before your visit.
  • Please arrive at the Embassy at least 15 minutes before your appointment time. If you are more than 30 minutes late to your appointment, you will be required to schedule another appointment.
  • Please bring:
    • Unsigned DS-2029, original documentation, and any supplemental information.
    • Passport Application Form DS-11 (if applying for a passport.)
    • Correct fees.
    • Photos – we do not have a photographer at the embassy.
    • A completed application for a Social Security number and card, Form SS-5, which we will send on your behalf after the CRBA has been processed.
    • Select a delivery option.

 

Options for Parents Unable to Transmit U.S. Citizenship to Child

A consular officer will inform you of the decision regarding your child’s application.  If a parent has not accrued sufficient physical presence in the U.S. to transmit his or her U.S. citizenship to the child, the child will be denied a Consular Report of Birth Abroad.  However, there are still options for obtaining U.S. citizenship:

  • Under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (INA section 320), a 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 INA section 322, U.S. citizen grandparents may transmit U.S. citizenship to their grandchildren, provided the grandparents satisfy the statutory requirements. 

 

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