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.

The Embassy accepts CRBA applications by appointment only. 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 below, 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.

  • A Ukrainian birth certificate for the child (the “medical record of birth” issued by maternity hospital is not sufficient).
  • Proof of parents’ citizenship and identity (a valid U.S. or foreign passport works best).
  • Parents’ original marriage certificate (if applicable) and proof of how any previous marriages ended.
  • Evidence of the U.S. citizen parent’s physical presence in the United States before the child’s birth (see below for more on physical presence requirements).  Please submit old passports with U.S. entry / exit stamps if available.  Other evidence that can be submitted includes documents such as school transcripts; employment, tax, bank and medical records; utility bills; rent receipts; or other official documents.
  • A completed application form DS-2029 for the Consular Report of Birth Abroad. The form can be found at https://eforms.state.gov/.  Please do not sign the application until a Consular Officer requests that you do so.
  • TheUSD100 application fee. Accepted payment method is credit card, U.S. dollars, or the equivalent in Ukrainian hryvnyas.
  • In surrogate and other cases involving Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) additional documents are needed. For more information please click here.

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.

The following table will help parents identify the requirement that applies to their case:

Child born abroad in wedlock:

Type of Claim Applicable Physical Presence
or Residence Requirement for Parent Transmitting Citizenship
One U.S. citizen parent and one alien parent 5 years of physical presence in the U.S. or possession, 2 after the age of 14
Both parents are U.S. citizens Residence of either parent in U.S. or possession

Applicant born abroad out of wedlock on or before June 11, 2017:

Type of Claim Applicable Physical Presence
or Residence Requirement for Parent Transmitting Citizenship
U.S. citizen mother and alien father 1 year continuous physical presence in U.S. or possession
U.S. citizen father and alien mother 5 years of physical presence in the U.S. or possession, 2 after the age of 14
U.S. citizen father and U.S. citizen mother; claim through the father Residence of either parent in U.S. or possession
U.S. citizen father and U.S. citizen mother; claim through the mother 1 year continuous physical presence in U.S. or possession

Applicant born abroad out of wedlock on or after June 12, 2017:

Type of Claim Applicable Physical Presence
or Residence Requirement for Parent Transmitting Citizenship
U.S. citizen mother and alien father 5 years of physical presence in the U.S. or possession, 2 after the age of 14
U.S. citizen father and alien mother 5 years of physical presence in the U.S. or possession, 2 after the age of 14
U.S. citizen father and U.S. citizen mother; claim through the father Residence of either parent in U.S. or possession
U.S. citizen father and U.S. citizen mother; claim through the mother because father has not fulfilled requirements under INA 309(a) Refer case KyivACS@state.gov before your submit the documents

 

For more detailed information please see the Department of State’s webpage on Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship by a Child Born Abroad.

In certain cases it may be necessary to submit additional documents, including an Affidavit of Parentage and Physical Presence, evidence of pre-natal care, or photographs.  A DNA test may also be suggested if there is no clear evidence of a biological relationship between the child and the U.S. citizen parent.

Both parents should come to the embassy together with the child and the required documents.  If only one parent can come to the embassy, and the non-appearing parent is a U.S. citizen, in addition to the required documents, the U.S. parent who is unable to appear in person should submit form  DS-5507 (original) signed in front of  a U.S. notary public, passport specialist, designated acceptance agent, or at the Consular Section of a U.S. Embassy, along with a photocopy of the front and back side of the non-applying parent’s ID (valid U.S. passport, driver’s license, military ID, U.S. government ID) that was presented to the notary public when form DS-5507 was signed and notarized.

Parents are encouraged to apply for a U.S. passport for their child at the same time that they apply for a CRBA.  Please see our information on first time passport applications.

If you wish to have your child’s CRBA and first U.S. passport sent to you by courier (as opposed to collecting them at the embassy), please inform consular staff at the U.S. Embassy of this when submitting your application.  You will need to complete a delivery form.  Please note that the passport can only be sent to an address in Ukraine.

If required, the U.S. Embassy can send your child’s CRBA to your address in the U.S.  The embassy will arrange for shipping to the State Department mailing facility in Washington DC, but you will be responsible for onward mailing via USPS to your address in the U.S.  You will need to register at www.usps.com and pay for the shipping label to your U.S. address, using sending address 5850 Kyiv Place, Washington, DC 20521-6860.  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 six weeks from the date we receive your shipping label.

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.