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A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is an official document certifying the acquisition of U.S. citizenship at birth of a person born overseas to a U.S. citizen parent(s). If you are a U.S. citizen and the parent of a child born outside of the United States, you should document your child’s U.S. citizenship with a CRBA.
Please go through the steps below to first determine if your child is eligible for a CRBA, and if applicable, to apply. We recommend that you report the birth of your child as soon as possible after birth. It is not normally possible to issue a Consular Report of Birth Abroad for a child who is over the age of 18, but the child may still be documented as a U.S. citizen and issued a passport.
DETERMINE IF THE APPLICANT QUALIFIES TO ACQUIRE U.S. CITIZENSHIP
Your child has a claim to U.S. citizenship if he/she meets ONE of the following five conditions. One of these conditions must have been met prior to the birth of the child:
1. Child born abroad to two U.S. Citizens
BOTH parents of the child are U.S. citizens, one of the parents has resided in the United States at some point, and one parent has a biological or gestational relationship to the child.
2. Child born abroad to one U.S. Citizen parent and one non U.S. Citizen
a. Only ONE of the child’s parents is a U.S. citizen, the child’s parents are MARRIED at the time of birth, the U.S. citizen parent has been physically present in the U.S. for a period of at least 5 years, 2 of which must have been after the age of 14, and one parent has a biological or gestational relationship to the child.
b. The child was born to an UNMARRIED MALE U.S. citizen who has been physically present in the U.S. for a period of at least 5 years, 2 of which must have been after the age of 14. In this case, the U.S. father must agree in writing to support his child until the child reaches the age of 18 years and demonstrate a biological relationship to the child.
c. The child was born on or before June 11, 2017, to an UNMARRIED FEMALE U.S. citizen who has spent at least 365 days of uninterrupted physical presence in the U.S. at any time prior to birth. The mother must also demonstrate a biological or gestational relationship to the child.
d. The child was born after June 11, 2017, to an UNMARRIED FEMALE U.S. citizen who has been physically present in the U.S. for a period of at least 5 years, 2 of which must have been after the age of 14. The mother must also demonstrate a biological or gestational relationship to the child.
e. The child was born between December 24, 1952, and November 13, 1986. The U.S. Citizen PARENT had been physically present in the United States for a period of 10 years, at least 5 years of which were after he/she reached the age of 14 prior to the birth of the child.
IMPORTANT: NEW APPLICATION PROCESS ONLINE!
By fully completing the new electronical Consular Report of Birth Abroad (eCRBA) your application will receive faster processing.
To be eligible to apply for an eCRBA, you MUST answer all the following criteria with YES:
- Was the child born in Argentina?
- Is the child under the age of 18?
- Was at least one parent a U.S. citizen when the child was born?
- Are you a biological or gestational parent of a child born abroad who is applying for that child?
If you answer “YES” to all of the previous statements, please, check the eCBRA instructions.
If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you MUST send an email to BuenosAires-ACS@state.gov to receive specific instructions.
Both parents and the child should come to the Consular Section to apply for a CRBA. Take into consideration that, if approved, the CRBA and passport application process takes approximately 15 to 20 business days, so plan your travel accordingly.