Birth Abroad

As U.S. citizen parent(s), you should report your child’s birth abroad as soon as possible to the U.S. Consulate to establish an official record of the child’s claim to U.S. citizenship at birth. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA, also known as Form FS-240) is official evidence of U.S. citizenship issued to a child under age 18 who was born abroad to United States citizen parent(s) and acquired citizenship at birth. Because a child’s unabridged foreign birth certificate is insufficient to prove U.S. citizenship, the Consular Report of Birth Abroad is primary evidence to show how and when a child acquires U.S. citizenship. The CRBA, which will function as a U.S. birth certificate, can be used for school registration, passport and identity document applications, citizenship benefits, etc. An original of this document will be given to you at the time registration is approved.

To receive this document, the child’s parent(s) will need to complete an “Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad,” Form DS-2029 (PDF 52K) Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad must be made before the child’s 18th birthday. We encourage parents to document their child’s citizenship as soon as possible after the birth. Delay in doing so could cause inconvenience and possibly deprive your child of this valuable document.

Please note: Even if you have registered other children at the same Consulate, your child’s application should be filled out completely, including the parents’ physical presence in the United States, if applicable.

How Do I Register My Child’s Birth?

Please consult the “Report of Birth Abroad Checklist” (below) for detailed instructions on completing a Consular Report of Birth Abroad application and submitting it to the U.S. Consulate.  For applicants registering a birth in Johannesburg, this checklist is required, and should be stapled to the top of your application package on your appointment day. 

Only once you have completed the checklist should you book an appointment at the Consulate.  Unprepared applicants will be asked to reschedule.

DOWNLOAD the  Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) Application Checklist (MSWord 30 KB)