Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (December 28, 2023)
Location: Israel, the West Bank
Subject: eCRBA suggested for all new CRBA appointments in 2024
We continue to release consular appointments at Embassy Jerusalem and Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv through our online scheduling system. Appointments for passports (including monthly appointments in Haifa), Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs), and notarial services are released every Wednesday at 3:00 PM for the following week. Emergency CRBA appointments are released daily. When you make an appointment, you should receive an email that your appointment has been scheduled. Inside that email is a link to confirm the appointment. Please confirm your appointment the same day the appointment is made, or it may be canceled the following workday.
If you are resident of the West Bank and cannot make it to the Embassy in Jerusalem or Branch Office in Tel Aviv, please fill out the online form (https://forms.office.com/g/XJLxMjJi5S) so that we can see if you are eligible for an appointment in our upcoming outreach visits. Filling out this form does not confirm an appointment for West Bank outreach. Selected applicants will be emailed with a confirmation of services to be provided.
Beginning January 2024, you are advised to complete your eCRBA application online before you schedule or reschedule a CRBA appointment at Embassy Jerusalem or Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv.This online service allows U.S. citizen parents to complete a CRBA application online, upload all required documents, and submit payment prior to the in-person interview. We encourage all U.S. citizens to submit their CRBA applications online. To learn more, please visit https://il.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/child-family-matters/birth/. Beginning on January 1, 2024, the scheduling system will automatically direct you to the eCRBA application before you can choose a date and time for an appointment.
Please make sure that you fill out the application completely including entering all dates of physical presence in the United States and uploading scans of the official marriage and birth certificates. Failure to do so could result in significant delays in processing. Applicants with substantially incomplete applications may need to reschedule their appointments. You are advised to bring all original documents and photocopies when you arrive for your interview. If you already have an appointment scheduled, you can still choose to bring in the DS-2029 paper application or apply electronically at your discretion.
The CRBA is not a required document. You may apply for a Social Security Number with a U.S. passport and Israeli/Palestinian Authority birth certificate. As such, you may choose to apply for a U.S. passport without applying for a CRBA even for a newborn who has never been documented as a U.S. citizen. If you would prefer that option, please schedule a passport appointment and contact us through our ACS Online Inquiry System to give us a heads up.
Actions to Take:
- All U.S. citizens should enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and ensure you can be contacted in an emergency.
- Refer to our website for the latest Alerts and Messages for U.S. citizens.