Citizenship Services

The U.S. Embassy in Israel wants to remind U.S. citizens of the following ongoing programs to meet increased demand for consular services:

  • Video Consular Report of Birth Abroad Interviews: No in-person appointment needed for the child under the age of three, if a) both parents are U.S. citizens, and b) one member of your family already has had a passport/Consular Report of Birth/visa processed by Embassy Jerusalem or Branch Office Tel Aviv in the past.  Secure video interviews are available with staff from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and only one parent will need to come to that consular section to submit the required forms.
  • Online Inquiry Form: Click here to send inquiries directly to the American Citizen Services (ACS) Units in either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.  Non-urgent emails will be re-directed to this new system.
  • Online System to Request Urgent Appointments. Urgent appointments cannot be requested by email or by phone.
  • Weekly Release of Passport, CRBA, and notary appointments every Wednesday between 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Drop box in Jerusalem for adult passport renewals and replacements of emergency passports with full validity passports

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Place of Birth for Applicants born in Jerusalem

Applicants born in Jerusalem are able to request either “Jerusalem” or “Israel” as their place of birth (POB) on U.S. passports and “Jerusalem” or “Jerusalem, Israel” on Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  If you write “Jerusalem” as the POB on the passport and/or CRBA application, the POB listed on the passport and CRBA will be “Jerusalem.”  If you write “Israel” as the POB on the passport and/or CRBA application, the POB listed on the passport will be “Israel” and “Jerusalem, Israel” on the CRBA.  If you write “Jerusalem, Israel” as the POB on the passport and/or CRBA application, consular staff will ask you whether you prefer the U.S. passport to be printed with a POB of either “Jerusalem” or “Israel” and/or whether the CRBA should be printed with a POB of “Jerusalem” or “Jerusalem, Israel.”  For applicants renewing their passports by mail or by drop box using the DS-82 (adult passport renewal) or DS-5504 (replacing limited validity passport), if you write “Jerusalem, Israel” as your place of birth, you can indicate your place of birth choice by circling either “Jerusalem” or “Israel” on the application form.