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Physical Presence – CRBA Application
May 15, 2023

The definition

Physical presence is the time the transmitting parent has physically spent in U.S. prior to the birth of the child.  Please keep in mind that residence is not the same as physical presence.  Any time you spent in the United States counts towards physical presence.  You should be prepared to provide supporting evidence of the transmitting parent’s claimed physical presence, such as the examples below.

Examples of proof of physical presence

Examples of what you may submit as proof of physical presence in the U.S., may include but are not limited to the below list.  If you have other documents, you feel would support your time spent physically in the U.S., you should upload these in the ECRBA system and bring them to your appointment.

School Transcripts: Middle, High School and University transcripts can be submitted.  In general, you can request this information from your alumni, and they will email you a copy of your transcripts. These do not need to be original documents.

Social Security Earning Statement: you can find out how to request this by emailing acsdublin@state.gov.

Tax Forms: W2 forms covering the time you were physically present in the U.S. prior to your child’s birth.

Employment Records: 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)

Previous U.S. Passports

Immunization records in the U.S. 

A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) issued to another child may be considered as supplemental evidence.