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Birth Abroad And Eligibility for U.S. Citizenship

Consular Report of Birth Abroad

NOTE: Applicants must have a Login.gov account to access eCRBA services on the MyTravelGov portal. Instructions for creating a Login.gov account are available at MyTravel.state.gov. If you already have an eCRBA application in progress, use the same email address previously used to access the MyTravelGov website to create and account. This ensures a streamlined linkage between your existing profile and the new authentication system.

 

Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)

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.

CRBA applications must be made before the child’s 18th birthday. We recommend that parents apply for the CRBA as soon as possible after the child’s birth.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply, your child must have been born abroad (outside the U.S. or its outlying possessions) and your child must accompany you to Mexico for the in-person interview at the embassy or one of the consulates.

To be eligible to apply for a CRBA online, you MUST answer all the following criteria with YES.

  1. Was the child born abroad (outside the U.S. or its outlying possessions)?
  2. Is the child under the age of 18?
  3. Was at least one parent a U.S. citizen or U.S. non-citizen national when the child was born?
  4. Can you use an internationally accepted credit/debit card or a direct payment method from a U.S. dollar denominated bank account (also known as “ACH”) to pay online for your Consular Report of Birth Abroad application?
  5. Are you a biological parent of a child born abroad who is applying for that child?

If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you MUST apply by completing a paper application (DS-2029).

How to Apply

You can now apply for a CRBA electronically in Mexico. This new online feature allows U.S. citizen parents to complete a CRBA application online, upload all required documents, and submit payment prior to the in-person interview.

  1. To apply for a CRBA online, you need to create a MyTravelGov account or sign-in to your existing account. MyTravelGov is a secured, encrypted portal that you can use to start an eCRBA application or access an existing eCRBA application.
  2. Once you sign in or create a MyTravelGov account you can access eCRBA and submit your application online. The easy-to-use online process provides applicants with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application. You may review the necessary documents for the CRBA application in advance by reviewing this.
  3. Once you complete the online application and submit payment, you will then be directed to schedule your appointment. Please schedule your appointment at least 72 hours after payment submission. This provides time for your payment to be processed prior to your CRBA interview. Please Note: Do NOTmake another (or duplicate) payment for a CRBA ($100) at the Embassy.
  4. Attend your scheduled in-person interview with your child, original documents, and their photocopies (single-sided). Original documents will be returned to you after reviewing your application. The child must be present at the time of application. Generally, both parents also attend the interview.

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Other Important Information

Note:  If not eligible to complete your CRBA application and payment online, complete and submit this form.

Passport applications and Social Security Card applications must be completed and submitted separately.

A Social Security Number application can be submitted after receiving the original Consular Report of Birth Abroad and U.S. passport. To obtain a Social Security Number for your child, consult our Federal Benefits Unit page.