Applying For a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)
If you are a U.S. citizen and the parent of a child born out of the United States, you will need to document your child’s U.S. citizenship with a Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) and a first time passport for your child will be processed at the same time. Instructions for the CRBA application are below. Instructions for how to apply for your minor child’s passport are available separately here.
Personal Appearance by Your Child
Your child, even a newborn, must appear in person with both parents at our office at the time you make the application. There are no exceptions possible for this requirement.
How long does it take?
Once we have everything we need, processing time is normally about two to three weeks.
Step 1: Application Forms
You will need to complete the following application forms:
- Application for Consular Report of Birth form DS-2029 (PDF 62 KB): The U.S. citizen parent should sign this affidavit in the presence of the U.S. Consular Officer.
- Passport Wizard: Fill out and print your application form for a new passport using the online Passport Wizard. The Passport Wizard will automatically direct you to the appropriate application form. When the Passport Wizard directs you to the “Next Steps” page, simply click “Create Form” at the bottom and print out the form it generates. DO NOT SIGN THE APPLICATION FORM YET.
After you receive your child’s CRBA and passport, you need to get in touch with Athens Federal Benefits Unit to apply for an SSN for your child. Detailed information can be found at our Social Security page.
Step 2: Supporting Documents
You will need all of the following:
- The child’s original hospital report of birth.
- A photo of your child (photo requirements).
- Parent(s) Passports: The American Citizen parent must present his/her original U.S. passportand two copies. Non American citizen parents must present his/her original passport or original Turkish ID card and two copies.
- Proof of Parents’ Marriage
- You need to bring your original marriage certificate and a copy. Translation is not necessary for Turkish marriage books. If the marriage certificate is in another language, English translation is necessary.
- Children born out of Wedlock: Detailed information and requirements for children born out of wedlock can be found here.
- Proof of Termination of All Prior Marriages of Parents (Divorce Decrees/Death Certificates)
- If you have prior marriages, we need to see proof of how those marriages ended. Please bring the original and one copy of each document. A translation is needed if the certificate is not in English.
- Evidence of U.S. Citizen Parent’s Physical Presence in the U.S.
- If only one parent is a U.S. citizen at the time of the child’s birth, the U.S. citizen parent can transmit U.S. citizenship to the child if he/she was a U.S. citizen when the child was born and if he/she can prove that he/she has been physically present in the U.S. for five years (two of which were after age 14) before the child was born. Acceptable evidence of physical presence can include proof of registration in U.S. public or private schools (such as transcripts), court records, military records, U.S. employment and income records, medical records, W2 forms with SSA statement or other similar documents.
- If both parents are U.S. citizens at the time of the child’s birth, both parents must prove that they have each resided in the U.S. prior to the birth of the child. Both parents’ original U.S. birth certificates are enough to prove residence in the U.S. If a parent cannot submit an original U.S. birth certificate, other acceptable evidence of residence can include proof of registration in U.S. public or private schools (such as transcripts), court records, military records, U.S. employment and income records, medical records, W2 forms (over $10,000) with SSA statement or other similar documents.
University degrees/diplomas will not be accepted – proof of registration or transcripts are required.
Step 3: Applicable Fee
- The application fee for Consular Report of Birth is $100.
- The application fee for first time passport is $115.
- You may pay by cash or credit card at the Embassy/Consulate
Step 4: Make a Report of Birth Abroad Appointment
Third Party Attendance at Passport and CRBA Appointment Interviews
Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview. Attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant is subject to the following parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application(s):
- Given space limitations in the consular section, not more than one attendee at a time will be allowed to accompany an applicant (or the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is a minor).
- Attendance by an attorney does not excuse the applicant and/or the minor applicant’s parent or guardian from attending the appointment interview in person.
- The manner in which a passport or CRBA appointment interview is conducted, and the scope and nature of the inquiry, shall at all times be at the discretion of the consular officer, following applicable Departmental guidance.
- It is expected that attorneys will provide their clients with relevant legal advice prior to, rather than at, the appointment interview, and will advise their clients prior to the appointment interview that the client will participate in the appointment interview with minimal assistance.
- Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.
- Attendees other than a parent or guardian accompanying a minor child may not answer a consular officer’s question on behalf or in lieu of an applicant, nor may they summarize, correct, or attempt to clarify an applicant’s response, or interrupt or interfere with an applicant’s responses to a consular officer’s questions.
- To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.
- The consular officer has sole discretion to determine the appropriate language(s) for communication with the applicant, based on the facility of both officer and applicant and the manner and form that best facilitate communication between the consular officer and the applicant. Attendees may not demand that communications take place in a particular language solely for the benefit of the attendee. Nor may attendees object to or insist on the participation of an interpreter in the appointment interview, to the qualifications of any interpreter, or to the manner or substance of any translation.
- No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.
- Attendees may not object to a consular officer’s question on any ground (including that the attendee regards the question to be inappropriate, irrelevant, or adversarial), or instruct the applicant not to answer a consular officer’s question. Attendees may not interfere in any manner with the consular officer’s ability to conduct all inquiries and fact-finding necessary to exercise his or her responsibilities to adjudicate the application.
- During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.
- Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.
- Attendees may not engage in any other conduct that materially disrupts the appointment interview. For example, they may not yell at or otherwise attempt to intimidate or abuse a consular officer or staff, and they may not engage in any conduct that threatens U.S. national security or the security of the embassy or its personnel. Attendees must follow all security policies of the Department of State and the U.S. embassy or consulate where the appointment interview takes place.
Attendees may not engage in any conduct that violates this policy and/or otherwise materially disrupts the appointment interview. Failure to observe these parameters will result in a warning to the attendee and, if ignored, the attendee may be asked to leave the appointment interview and/or the premises, as appropriate. It would then be the applicant’s choice whether to continue the appointment interview without the attendee present, subject to the consular officer’s discretion to terminate the appointment interview. The safety and privacy of all applicants awaiting consular services, as well as of consular and embassy personnel, is of paramount consideration.