Birth

Congratulations on your new child! After you review the information on this page, you are welcome to make an online appointment to report the birth abroad of a child of a U.S. citizen. By understanding the requirements below, you can be better prepared for your interview and avoid delays or unnecessary trips to the embassy.

Most children born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent are eligible to be documented as a U.S. citizen. The start of the process is a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) application, a formal determination that results in a certificate stating that the child is a U.S. citizen from birth. Learn more about Transmitting Citizenship and Claiming U.S. Citizenship.

Most CRBA applicants also submit applications for a U.S. passport for a minor at the same time. We have copies of all required forms at the Embassy, but using the links below, you can complete the forms in the comfort of your own home and bring a print-out to your appointment. Passports are generally ready for pick-up from the Embassy in two weeks. The CRBA certificate is generally ready in the same amount of time, but periodically takes longer.

After you have received your child’s passport and CRBA certificate, you can apply for a Social Security card. This process is most easily completed in the United States, but you can also forward certified copies of the application form (SS-5-FS) and required documentation to the nearest regional office in Manila, Philippines. Please note that the SS-5 must be signed and fully completed, including a U.S. mailing address on line 16. To learn more, visit the SSA’s Office of International Programs home page or email fbu.manila@ssa.gov.

Please note that the child and both parents must appear in person for the interview. You must email consktm@state.gov in advance if one or both parents are unable to appear for the interview, as additional documentation may be required.

You must bring the following items to your appointment:

Completed (but unsigned) Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad form (DS-2029)

  • If only one parent is a U.S. citizen, the U.S. citizen parent must describe on the DS-2029 the precise periods of physical presence in the United States. We may request evidence or proof supporting the claimed time period of physical presence in the United States.
  • If a U.S. citizen parent is not able to attend the appointment in person, he or she should complete all relevant sections of a DS-5507 Affidavit of Physical Presence or Residence, Parentage and Support and sign it in front of a public notary, and send the original document and a photocopy of the relevant photo identification to be presented at the interview.
  • The application must be signed in the presence of a consular officer.

Completed (but unsigned) Application for a U.S. Passport DS-11 form (DS-11)

  • If a parent is not available to attend the appointment in person, he or she must complete a DS-3053 Statement of Consent, sign it in front of a notary, and send the original document and a photocopy of the relevant photo identification used in front of the notary to be presented at the interview.
  • The application must be signed in the presence of a consular officer.

One recent color photograph (2 inches by 2 inches)

Child’s original hospital-issued birth certificate

  • In Nepal, this document oftentimes does not include the child’s name.

Child’s original Schedule 12 birth registration certificate issued by the local registrar office in each ward office in the Municipality or in the Village Development Committee

  • This document must include the child’s name.
  • This document is almost always in both English and Nepali. If your local jurisdiction only produces a Nepali certificate, you must also provide an English translation.

Parents’ photo identification as proof of identity and citizenship (preferably passports)

Parents’ original marriage certificate (if applicable)

Divorce decree/death certificates for any previous marriages (if applicable)

 $100 Consular Report of Birth Abroad application fee and $115 passport application fee (payable by U.S. credit card, U.S. cash, or Nepalese rupees)

If you were previously issued a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, you can request a replacement copy.

Please email consktm@state.gov if you have any additional questions.

(Updated April 2, 2018)