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Register a Birth Abroad

If you have a child that has been born abroad then you can register the child or children at the local US embassy. Each embassy has it own procedure however this is what would be needed when you do approach the embassy.

The Consular Section issues a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) to U.S. citizens born overseas. This is the equivalent of a US birth certificate. Reports of birth are done by appointment only and require the child’s presence.

Documentation of Child Born in Wedlock

  • two official extracts of the local birth certificate from the local authorities; (Please note: the hospital birth registration form is not acceptable.
  • current U.S. passport and a photocopy of the passport. If you are a naturalized citizen please also bring your U.S. Certificate of Naturalization.
  • original marriage certificate as well as proof of the termination of any previous marriages that either parent may have had (original divorce or death certificates), along with copies for the files.
  • if only one of the parents is a U.S. citizen, proof of physical presence in the United States of that parent is required. The easiest way to prove this is with original school or employment records but you may also use old passports with entry and exit stamps, photographs, records of doctor visits or any other official record that shows that you were in the United States.
  • if both parents are U.S. citizens, proof that at least one parent established a residence in the U.S. is required. The easiest way to prove this is with original school or employment records but you may also use other official records that demonstrate you resided in the United States before the birth of your child. Upon examination of the application, additional information may be required.
  • parents’ Social Security numbers
  • completed form DS-2029 (Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad)
  • completed form SS-5 (Application for a Social Security Card for children)
  • All foreign language documents presented must be accompanied by a simple English translation that does NOT have to be certified.

 

Documentation of Children out of Wedlock (Unmarried US Citizen Mother)

  • two official extracts of the local birth certificate from the local authorities; (Please note: the hospital birth registration form is not acceptable.
  • current U.S. passport and a photocopy of the passport. If you are a naturalized citizen please also bring your U.S. Certificate of Naturalization.
  • proof of one year continuous physical presence in the U.S. The easiest way to prove this is with original school or employment records but you may also use old passports with entry and exit stamps, photographs, records of doctor visits or any other official record that shows that you were in the United States.
  • Social Security number
  • completed form DS-2029 (Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad)
  • completed form SS-5 (Application for a Social Security Card for children)
  • All foreign language documents presented must be accompanied by a simple English translation that does NOT have to be certified.

Documentation of Children out of Wedlock (Unmarried US Citizen Father)

  • child must have been recognized in accordance with the local laws
  • father must have been physically present in the United States for five years (two of which after the age of 14) prior to the birth of the child (for children born before Nov. 14, 1986, the required period of physical presence in the United States is longer)
  • father must sign an affidavit of paternity and a statement of his firm intention to financially support the child until he/she reaches age 18.
  • two official extracts of the local birth certificate from the local authorities; (Please note: the hospital birth registration form is not acceptable.
  • current U.S. passport and a photocopy of the passport. If you are a naturalized citizen please also bring your U.S. Certificate of Naturalization.
  • proof of one year continuous physical presence in the U.S. The easiest way to prove this is with original school or employment records but you may also use old passports with entry and exit stamps, photographs, records of doctor visits or any other official record that shows that you were in the United States.
  • Social Security number
  • completed form DS-2029 (Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad)
  • completed form SS-5 (Application for a Social Security Card for children)
  • All foreign language documents presented must be accompanied by a simple English translation that does NOT have to be certified.
  • two official extracts of the local birth certificate from the local authorities; (Please note: the hospital birth registration form is not acceptable.
  • current U.S. passport and a photocopy of the passport. If you are a naturalized citizen please also bring your U.S. Certificate of Naturalization.
  • proof of one year continuous physical presence in the U.S. The easiest way to prove this is with original school or employment records but you may also use old passports with entry and exit stamps, photographs, records of doctor visits or any other official record that shows that you were in the United States.
  • Social Security number
  • completed form DS-2029 (Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad)
  • completed form SS-5 (Application for a Social Security Card for children)
  • All foreign language documents presented must be accompanied by a simple English translation that does NOT have to be certified.

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