Please read all information on this page to understand the application process, including preparing documents for the interview and making an appointment. If you do not bring the required documentation, we will suspend processing of the application and you may be required to schedule another appointment.
This page is designed for parents who are applying for only a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and for parents who are applying for both a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) and a U.S. passport for a child under 18 years old. The following links apply to other CRBA categories:
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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Is my child a U.S. citizen?
Children born outside of the United States, who have a genetic relationship to a U.S. citizen parent, may have a claim to U.S. citizenship according to the criteria below. Review our transmission via U.S. citizen parents before making an appointment at U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv. [If a U.S. citizen parent does not meet residency requirements for transmission, review our transmission via U.S. citizen grandparents page].
Application Requirements for a CRBA, U.S. Passport and Social Security Number
Click the CRBA Checklist here for the list of the required fees, forms and supporting documents for a CRBA application.
At the time of your CRBA interview, you will be asked to present the fees and documents listed on the CRBA checklist. To assist with your preparation, please download, printout, and complete the CRBA checklist. You must bring the CRBA checklist with you to your interview appointment along with the required fees and forms and supporting documents.
Please note: If you do not bring the required documentation, we will be obliged to suspend processing of the application and you will be required to schedule another appointment.
Upon approval of the CRBA, you are encouraged to apply at once for the child's first passport. Parents interested in taking advantage of this convenient opportunity should bring the appropriate forms and fees as listed on the CRBA checklist.
Special Tips for Your Appointment
- On the day of your appointment, 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. When you arrive at the American Citizens Services area, take a seat, and listen for your name to be called. Please be ready with your appointment confirmation printout, the CRBA checklist, and supporting documents and fee.
- Be prepared to pay delivery charges and other fees for appropriate procedures.
- Artificial Reproductive Technology — The U.S. Department of State interprets the Immigration and Nationality Act to require a U.S. citizen parent to have a genetic connection to a child in order to transmit U.S. citizenship to the child at birth. In other words, the U.S. citizen parent must be the sperm or the egg donor in order to transmit U.S. citizenship to a child conceived through ART. Review a detailed discussion of the implications of ART in the context of transmitting U.S. citizenship.
- Proving that a child is eligible for U.S. citizenship is the responsibility of a child’s parents/legal guardians, not an interviewing consular officer;
- Never assume that, because you successfully applied for other children’s U.S. citizenship, you do not need to bring any evidence to your interview. Bring all of the supporting documents you can, whether you are applying for your first child or your seventh.
- In a few cases, consular officers are unable to verify the identity of a child’s biological parents. You may be asked for medical records or DNA evidence of paternity.
- Because of the important rights and privileges of all U.S. citizens, we strongly recommend that you establish your children’s citizenship and apply for a CRBA as soon as possible after the birth of your child. The child must be present for the interview. Both parents are strongly encouraged to accompany the child.
Book An Appointment
U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv has an online appointment system for applications for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and claims to U.S. citizenship. After gathering and completing all required documentation, you may schedule an appointment for an in-person interview. You must have all of the documents listed on the CRBA Checklist with you at the appointment.
- Please be aware that you must have a separate appointment slot for each of the children for whom you are applying. Please make only one appointment for each child. The children may be scheduled on the same date as long as each child has his/her own slot and individual appointment confirmations. As there are many people seeking appointments, we ask you to please cancel your appointment if you will be unable to come to the Embassy.
- Use a valid e-mail address and contact number and print your appointment confirmation.
- 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.
- Reminder: On the day of your appointment, 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.
- Schedule U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv appointments.
- Schedule U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem appointments.
- Schedule Haifa Consular Agency appointments.
Commonly Asked Questions
How long will I have to wait for the CRBA and passport?
The U.S. government prints CRBAs and U.S. passports at a production facility in the United States and mails them to U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv. Therefore, processing times can vary throughout the year. At peak times (e.g., summer, late December), you may receive your passport four weeks after your interview. Please plan your travels accordingly.
Can my child travel to the United States while waiting for the CRBA and U.S. passport?
Unfortunately, no. Your child needs to be able to present a U.S. passport to enter the United States.
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