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Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)

A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is a formal document certifying the acquisition of United States citizenship at birth for a person born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents who meet the requirements for transmitting citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). United States non-citizen nationals are also eligible for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, using the non-citizen option.

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 recommend that you submit an application for your child’s U.S. passport at the same time.  Both applications may be submitted together at your scheduled appointment.  Even if your child holds another nationality, he or she must enter and exit the United States on a U.S. passport.

How to Apply (online application and payment for eCRBA)

Complete the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (eCRBA) online.

Please note: both parents, regardless of nationality, must complete the information about precise periods of time in the United States.  The dates should be enough as it will affect the eligibility of your child to become a U.S. citizen.  You need to provide evidence of sufficient physical presence in the U.S.


If you are unable to complete your CRBA application and payment online, please contact us for further guidance.