Children Born in the UK to U.S. Parents
Children Born Abroad to U.S. Citizen Parents
The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is official evidence of U.S. citizenship issued to a person under the age of 18 who was born abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s) and acquired U.S citizenship at birth.
Once you have reviewed the information, if you believe that your child has a claim to U.S. Citizenship, you must apply for the CRBA in person at the Embassy through a pre-arranged appointment. It is essential that the child appear in person at the appointment.
You will need to bring the following:
- Birth certificate showing the parent(s)’s names;
- Evidence of parent(s)'s identity and U.S citizenship;
- If married, your original civil marriage certificate. If the document is in a language other than English, a certified translation must be provided;
- If previously married, the original divorce decree, annulment or death certificate of your former spouse(s). If the document is in a language other than English, a certified translation must be provided;
- Proof that the U.S. Citizen parent has lived in the United States long enough to transmit citizenship to their child. Examples of acceptable evidence include, but are not limited to: current/previous passports showing entry/exit stamps, school/college transcripts, military records or wage statements. There is no set list of required documents. Further information about the physical presence requirements is available by clicking on this link;
- Form DS-2029 (Click to download the form, pdf 352Kb). Complete the form on-line and submit to the U.K.
- The non-refundable application fee for a CRBA is $100. You will pay the fee in person to the Cashier at the time you appear at the Embassy. Fee information is available here.
When reporting the birth of a U.S. citizen abroad, the presence of the child and parent(s) listed on the birth certificate is normally required. If only one parent is a U.S. Citizen and that parent is not presently in the country, please click here for information about how to contact us.
If also applying for your child's first passport, you will need the following:
- One passport sized (2x2 inch) photograph - see photo requirements for information or check our SlideShare presentation. Photos which do not meet the requirements will be rejected;
- Government issued photo I.D. of parents. If the child is 16/17, they will also need photo I.D. (such as foreign passport or driving licence);
- The non-refundable application fee for a first passport is $105.00 (for under 16s) or $135.00 (for over 16s). Fee information is available here;
- Form DS-11 (Click here to be taken to the form). Complete the form online, then print and submit in the UK. Before you begin, see our YouTube video for instructions on completing the form. Do not mail this form to the United States and DO NOT sign it until requested to do so by a Consular Officer.
When applying for a passport for a child under 16, the presence of the child and both parents is normally required. If one parent is unable to attend please click here for additional information.
Applying for your child's Social Security Number
If your child is under the age of five, and you are applying for both a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and a first U.S. passport you may also submit form SS-5 to apply for a Social Security Number Card for your child. You should bring the form with you to the Embassy and hand it to the Consular Officer at the time of your application. Please do not mail the form to the United States, as this may delay the application.
The Federal Benefits Unit of the Embassy in London will process the application. It will generally take 6-8 weeks for the card to be mailed directly to you from the United States.
Scheduling the Appointment
You are required to report the birth of your child in person through a pre-arranged appointment. Please note that if you also wish to apply for your child's first U.S. passport, it is not necessary to book separate appointments for these services.
If you reside in England or Wales and will be applying for a passport service at the U.S. Embassy in London, please follow this link for further detailed information.
If you reside in Northern Ireland and will be applying for a passport service at the U.S. Consulate General in Belfast, please follow this link for further detailed information
If you reside in Scotland and will be applying for a passport service at the U.S. Consulate General in Edinburgh, please follow this link for further detailed information.
Applying for a Report of Birth
If your child has a claim to U.S. citizenship, you will need to come to the Embassy to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad. This video will help you prepare for your appointment. Click here to play the video.
Attending the Embassy in London
Electronic devices such as laptops are not allowed within the Embassy grounds. For a list of prohibited items and storage facilities within the vicinity of the Embassy, please click here.
Large bags, such as backpacks, suitcases or packages classed above cabin-size allowance are also not allowed within the Embassy grounds. Please see this PDF file for a list of Left Luggage storage facilities (PDF - 36kb).
Visitors who do not follow these instructions will experience considerable delays at the security check point, which could result in the interview being cancelled.