Reporting a birth abroad
As U.S. citizen parent(s), you should report your child’s birth abroad as soon as possible to the U.S. Embassy to establish an official record of the child’s claim to U.S. citizenship at birth. The official record will be the Consular Report of Birth Abroad Form FS-240 which is a United States citizenship document. In order to register your child (under age 18) as a U.S. citizen, the U.S. citizen parent(s) must meet certain physical presence in the United States requirements. Physical presence is counted as the time the U.S. citizen parent(s) was physically within the borders of the United States or its outlying possessions prior to the birth of the child.Consular Report of Birth Abroad Eligibility for a CRBA Transmitting Citizenship
A Consular Report of Birth (CRBA) 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).
All applications for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad must be completed in full, including passport and social security forms.
A child born outside the United States to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may be eligible for U.S. citizenship if the parent(s) meets the requirements for transmitting U.S. citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act. U.S. citizens eligible to transmit citizenship are required to file for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).
Expeditious NaturalizationExpeditious Naturalization
Under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, a child under age 18 who has a U.S. citizen grandparent who meets the physical presence requirements may qualify for expeditious naturalization under the Immigration and Nationality Act.