Just a Friendly Reminder
For CRBA and first-time passport applications, the name of the applicant should match their birth document(s). Material changes to the applicant’s name must be supported by an amended document or other name change evidence. An affidavit from the parents is not sufficient to establish a material name change. The only exception to this, as outlined in the FAM, is when obtaining an amended birth certificate would present substantial hardship, or if local vital records offices will not amend a birth certificate.
Eligibility for a CRBA
In order to determine whether or not the U.S. citizen parent(s) is/are able to transmit citizenship, please refer to Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship By a Child Born Abroad.
- Adopted children are not eligible for a CRBA
- Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
Transmission of U.S. citizenship at birth to a child born abroad is governed by Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Sections 301 and/or 309. The Department of State interprets the INA to require a U.S. citizen parent to have a biological connection to a child in order to transmit U.S. citizenship to the child at birth. In other words, in order to transmit U.S. citizenship to a child conceived through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), a U.S. citizen father must be the genetic parent or a U.S. citizen mother must be either the genetic or the gestational and legal mother of the child at the time and place of the child’s birth. (A gestational mother is the woman who carries and gives birth to the child.) If you used/are considering the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) please refer to Important Information for U.S. Citizens Considering the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Abroad.
If you believe transmission requirements have been met, please schedule an appointment here. The day of the appointment you must submit originals and copies of the following:
- Evidence of Parents’ Citizenship and Identity (2 copies): A current passport is the preferred form of proof.
- Child’s Birth certificate (2 copies)
- Evidence of parents’ marriage, if applicable (1 copy)
- Evidence of termination of all prior marriages of parents, if applicable (1 copy): divorce decree(s) or death certificate(s)
- English translation: All supporting documents in a foreign language must be translated into English
- Completed application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad: Form DS-2029 (PDF 61 KB)
- Completed application for a U.S. passport: Form DS-11 (PDF 101KB)
- One (1) passport photo that meet the requirements: 2″ x 2″ with white background showing the child’s full face with the eyes open. If the child is being held up in front of a camera, please ensure that no part of the child’s head or face is obstructed.
There is a US$100 fee for the Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and a US$115 fee for the passport application for a total of US$215.
This Embassy accepts major credit cards for all U.S. citizen services. We also accept currency from Brunei, Singapore, or the United States. In response to a local bank policy, we cannot accept USD older than the year 2000, or bills that are ripped or damaged.