U.S. Citizen Services
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. All applications for Reports of Birth Abroad and first-time passports require an appointment. For details on the requirements for transmitting citizenship, please click here. 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 report the birth of your child as soon as possible after birth. It is not possible to issue a Consular Report of Birth Abroad 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.
To replace or amend a Consular Record of Birth click here.
Before Scheduling an Appointment
Before scheduling 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 all supporting evidence (marriage certificate, birth certificate, physical presence documents, etc.), which you will find in the CRBA Checklist.
- (If also applying for a passport) complete a passport application, Form DS-11. Do not sign.
Appointments: Two Options
You have two options for scheduling an appointment. Please note that each child requesting a CRBA will require his or her own appointment.
1) 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 to email@example.com with the subject line: “Request for CRBA appointment – NAME OF CHILD”. In your email, please include:
- Scanned versions of the completed DS-2029, marriage certificate, Israeli birth certificate, and biographical data pages of the parents’ passports.
- Two preferences for an appointment date and time (M-F, 8am-10am)
- 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 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.
2) 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.
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 note your password.
As there are many people seeking appointments, we ask that you cancel your appointment through the appointment system if you are unable to come to the Embassy. ACS staff cannot reschedule your appointment.
Day of Your 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.
- Please bring:
- 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.
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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