Eligibility for a CRBA

A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) documents that a child born outside the United States is a U.S. citizen.  Parents should apply for the CRBA in the country where the child was born, and we encourage them to do so as soon as possible after the birth. For children born in Ukraine, parents may apply for a CRBA in either Poland or Ukraine.

The Embassy accepts CRBA applications by appointment only. In order to schedule an appointment, please send your appointment request to kyivacs@state.gov.

If you seek to be accompanied by a third party, please see more information here.

You will need to have the original of each document, along with a photocopy and a certified translation if it is not in English.  All application forms must be fully and accurately completed before you arrive for your appointment.  Applicants who arrive at the Embassy without complete application forms may be turned away.

Apply Online for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)

U.S. law says that in addition to being a U.S. citizen, a parent must have been physically present in the United States before the child’s birth in order to transmit citizenship to a child born abroad. The required length of physical presence depends on several factors, including whether or not both parents are U.S. citizens and whether the child is born in or out of wedlock. Please see Transmitting Citizenship to help identify the requirements that apply to each case. Both parents should come to the Embassy together with the child and the required documents.

In surrogate and other cases involving Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) additional documents are needed. Please collect all required documents and submit an online application.

Parents are encouraged to apply for a U.S. passport and CRBA simultaneously.  Please see our information on first time passport applications.

When the CRBA and the first U.S. passport are ready, one of the parents will need to come to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy to pick it up.

If required, the U.S. Embassy can send your child’s CRBA to your address in the United States.  In order to do so, you will need to provide a prepaid DHL shipping label to go from the U.S. Embassy, 4 Ihor Sikorsky St., Kyiv, 04112, Ukraine to your U.S. address. The weight of the envelope is approximately 10 ounces (280 grams).  Send the shipping label by email to kyivacs@state.gov and we will send the CRBA once it is printed. Expect delivery to take about three weeks from the date we receive your shipping label.

Please note that the U.S. passport cannot be shipped.

For more information on CRBAs, including how to get a replacement copy, please see the Department of State’s webpage on Birth of U.S. Citizens Abroad.

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