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Birth Abroad

General Information (PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE PAGE PRIOR TO SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION)

When a child is born to an American citizen parent or parents overseas (i.e. Bermuda or any other foreign country) certain documentation is required in order for the child to be registered as an American citizen. You may not be aware of the fact that even if your child holds a nationality of a country other than the U.S., if your child has a claim to U.S. citizenship, he or she must be in possession of a valid U.S. passport to enter the United States.  Also, you may register your child with the U.S. Consulate in Bermuda even if your child was born in another foreign country.  We strongly recommend that the birth of your child be reported to the consulate as soon as possible after the birth.  It can take up to one month to process the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) and passport and three months to process the SSN card.

 

A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), Form FS-240 is evidence of United States citizenship, issued to a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents who meet the requirements for transmitting citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

CRBA applications must be made before the child’s 18th birthday, and we recommend that the parents apply for the CRBA as soon as possible after the child’s birth. For applicants older than age 18 who have never been issued a CRBA, please refer to Possible Derivative Claim to U.S. Citizenship.  You may also email hamiltonconsulate@state.gov for information on transmission of citizenship after age 18. Anyone who has a claim to U.S. citizenship must be in possession of a valid U.S passport to enter and exit the United States, even if they have citizenship of another country, as well.

HOW TO APPLY: please email hamiltonconsulate@state.gov as we navigate ongoing challenges with the eCRBA portal

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 for the in-person interview.

 

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).  Email hamiltonconsulate@state.gov for information on submitting a paper application.

 

How to Apply

[The online report of birth application process has been delayed.  Please email hamiltonconsulate@state.gov for current processing steps.]

You can now apply for a CRBA electronically!  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.

 

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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 checklist (see below)

 

  • 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 NOT make another (or duplicate) payment for a CRBA ($100) at the Embassy.

 

  • Attend your scheduled in-person interview with your child and original documents. Original documents will be returned to you after reviewing your application. You must provide English translations for all foreign language documents. The child must be present at the time of application. Generally, both parents also attend the interview.

 

 

 

Additional Information – Supporting documents

Supporting documents to be uploaded to eCRBA:

    1. The child’s birth certificate.
    2. Both parents’ passports.  If you are a dual national, we only need to see your U.S. passport.  The name on your document must match the name you wish to be reflected on the report of birth certificate.
    3. If the parents are married, the state or government issued marriage certificate.   The document issued by the church is not acceptable.  A state or government issued marriage certificate will state that the marriage was registered at the Department of Vital Records, the Registry General, etc.  This document is usually signed by the County Clerk, the Registrar General, the Clerk of Court, etc.  The marriage license issued by the state/government is not a marriage certificate and cannot be accepted as proof that a legal marriage occurred.
    4. If either parent was married previously please submit the divorce decree, annulment or death certificate establishing the termination of this marriage.

THE ABOVE DOCUMENTS WILL NOT GUARANTEE APPROVAL OF YOUR APPLICATION.  ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE REQUIRED AT THE CONSUL’S DISCRETION.

If you have any questions or concerns e-mail hamiltonconsulate@state.gov or call (441) 705-0424 between 1:30pm and 3:30pm weekdays.

Transmitting Citizenship

Transmission of U.S. citizenship depends on:

  1. At least one parent having the nationality of the United States at the time of the child’s birth;
  2. The existence of a blood relationship between the child and U.S. citizen parent(s);
  3. Documentary evidence demonstrating the U.S. citizen parent(s)’ presence in the United States prior to the child’s birth, as specified in the information below.

Examples of Documentation 

Some examples of documentary evidence which may be considered to demonstrate that physical presence requirements have been met may include (but are not limited to):

  • Wage and tax statements (W-2)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Employment records
  • Rental receipts
  • Records of honorable U.S. military service, employment with U.S. Government or certain intergovernmental international organizations; or as a dependent, unmarried child and member of the household of a parent in such service or employment (except where indicated).
  • U.S. passport stamps may be considered a part of the evidence submitted, but should not be the sole documentary evidence. Drivers’ licenses do not constitute evidence of physical presence.

If you have other children who have been issued with a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, this may be considered as supplemental evidence.

Consular Report of Birth or Death

The U.S Consulate in Bermuda is able to prepare two types of consular documents.

  1. Consular Report of Birth Abroad: A document issued by the U.S. Consulate reflecting the facts of a birth abroad of a child acquiring U.S. citizenship at birth through one or both parents. This record, also known as an FS-240, along with the Certification of Birth, DS-1350, are acceptable as proof of birth and U.S. citizenship for all legal purposes. Please go to Reports of Birth for more information.
  2. Report of the Death of an American Citizen: A document issued by the U.S.  Consulate reflecting the facts of a death abroad of an American citizen. The document is based upon the local death certificate. For more information regarding deaths of American citizens please go to Deaths of Americans Abroad or contact the consulate.

How to Apply for a Certified Copy of One of These Reports:
Since the consulate does not keep copies of reports of birth or death in office for very long, applicants must submit a signed, written request including all pertinent facts of the occasion along with requester’s return address and telephone number. Only the subject, parent, or legal guardian may request a birth record. If the request is for a Consular Report of Birth or FS-240, the original FS-240 or a notarized affidavit attesting to its disposition must be included with the request. If a birth record is to be amended or corrected, appropriate certified documents supporting the request must be included.

Where to write:

U.S. Department of State
Office of Law Enforcement Liaison
44132 Mercure Circle
P.O. Box 1227
Sterling, VA 20166

Fees: $50.00 for a replacement copy of the Consular Report of Birth (FS-240) and the Certification of Birth (DS-1350); $20.00 for first copy and $10.00 for each additional copy. There is a $30 fee for a certified copy of a Report of Death, and a $20 fee for each additional copy provided as part of the same request. Make check or bank draft drawn on a bank in the United States, or money order, payable to the “Department of State.”

Turnaround time: Unlike passport agencies, which have received all of the documentation needed from the applicant, most consular vital records must be retrieved from off-site repositories, including the National Archives. Since the time required to retrieve these records varies significantly based up the type of record and date of occurrence, it is impossible to give an exact estimate of the turnaround time. However, most cases can be completed within eight to twelve weeks.

Expedited Service: Overnight delivery can save processing time, but there is no way to reduce the retrieval time. Overnight return via Federal Express is available for an additional  $10.00, or the requester may provide a prepaid air bill for the courier of choice.

Additional Information: Please contact the consulate or call the Passport Correspondence Office in Washington DC at (202) 955-0307.