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:

  • Combined Appointment System:  As of February 6, there is now one appointment system for both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv for passport (both regular and emergency), Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notary services.
  • 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.
  • Daily release of emergency appointmentsfor those who have immediate travel to the United States and need an in-person appointment for an emergency, limited-validity passport.  The appointments will be for the following business day.  Those who take these appointments will not be issued a full-validity passport under any circumstance.  There is no longer an online system to request urgent appointments.
  • Weekly Releaseof Passport, CRBA, and notary appointments every Wednesday between 3:00pm-4:00pm.  These appointments are for the following week.
  • Drop box in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv for adult passport renewals and replacements of emergency passports with full validity passports
  • Video Consular Report of Birth Abroad Program No Longer Available: The Department of State has suspended the video CRBA program pilot worldwide, and we are no longer able to offer this service.

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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.