A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth if certain statutory requirements are met. The child’s parents should apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America (CRBA) to document that the child is a U.S. citizen. If a consular officer determines that the child acquired U.S. citizenship at birth they will approve the CRBA application and the Department of State will issue a CRBA, also called a Form FS-240, in the child’s name.
Failure to promptly document a child who meets the statutory requirements for acquiring U.S. citizenship at birth may cause problems for the parents and the child when attempting to establish the child’s U.S. citizenship and eligibility for the rights and benefits of U.S. citizenship, including entry into the United States.
Please review the instructions and required documentation listed on the links below to prepare a CRBA application and schedule the required interview appointment.