Birth

A child born outside the United States to a U.S. citizen parent or parents is eligible for U.S. citizenship if the parent(s) meets the requirements for transmitting U.S. citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act.  U.S. citizens eligible to transmit citizenship are required to file for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).

The CRBA application must be made before the child’s 18th birthday, and we strongly recommend that parents apply for the CRBA as soon as possible after the child’s birth.

A CRBA is not a travel document.  We recommended that you submit an application for your child’s U.S. passport and social security number at the same time.  Both applications may be submitted together at your scheduled appointment.  Even if your child holds another nationality, U.S. law requires that he or she enter and exit the United States on a U.S. passport.

Click here for additional information regarding various scenarios for acquisition of citizenship depending on the citizenship of the parents and their marital status at the time of birth.