Birth

A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (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.

Most, but not all, children born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent, are eligible to be documented as U.S. citizens through issuance of a CRBA and U.S. passport.

Parents of a newborn U.S. citizen child should apply for a CRBA at the nearest Consular Section at their earliest convenience. Instructions on making an appointment are provided below.

Making an Appointment at Embassy Riyadh

Appointments in Riyadh for a CRBA can be scheduled by emailing a completed application form (DS-2029) (PDF 104 KB) and a completed CRBA checklist to RiyadhACS@state.gov. Please include the child’s name in the subject line, and contact information for the parents. Note: CRBA appointments are only available on Tuesdays from 1.00 – 3.00 pm.

Once a review of the documents has been completed, you will receive an email notification of the date of your appointment and of any additional required documentation. Both parents and child must appear in person for the appointment. Please bring all original documents with you; they will be returned immediately after the appointment. Fees of $100 (SAR 380) can be paid by cash (U.S. dollars or Saudi Arabian Riyals) or by U.S. credit card. The Consular Section cannot accept checks.

Making an Appointment at Consulate General Jeddah

Appointments in Jeddah for a CRBA can be scheduled by emailing a completed application form (DS-2029) (PDF 104 KB) and a completed CRBA checklist to JeddahACS@state.gov. Please include the child’s name in the subject line, and contact information for the parents and preferred appointment days (all appointments are from 1.00 – 3.00 pm) in your email.

Once a review of the documents has been completed, you will receive an email notification of the date of your appointment and of any additional required documentation. Both parents and child must appear in person for the appointment. Please bring all original documents with you; they will be returned immediately after the appointment. Fees of $100 (SAR 380) can be paid by cash (U.S. dollars or Saudi Arabian Riyals) or by U.S. credit card. The Consular Section cannot accept checks.

Making an Appointment at Consulate General Dhahran

Click here to make an appointment in Dhahran.

Application Requirements

 

The DS-2029, Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad (PDF 104 KB) should be completed online by the parent. Please print your application upon completion and bring the required documents, listed below. We require originals for all documentation – these should either be in the English language, or be accompanied by a certified English-language translation if they are in another language.

  • Child’s Birth Certificate If the child is also a Saudi citizen, please provide the birth certificate issued by the Saudi Ministry of Interior. If the child is not also a Saudi citizen, please provide the birth certificate issued by the Saudi Ministry of Interior, Civil Affairs Office. (Note: The child’s hospital birth certificate is not acceptable.)
  • Evidence of American Citizenship of the Parent(s) US Passport(s), Naturalization Certificate(s), and/or US Birth Certificate(s)
  • Both Parents’ Photo Identification Valid, government-issued form of identification in English (such as U.S or foreign passport or U.S. driver’s license).
  • Parents’ official marriage certificate Note: Religious marriage records are not acceptable
  • If applicable, proof of termination of previous marriages Divorce Decree, Death Certificate
  • Out of Wedlock: In the case of a child born out of wedlock, the U.S. citizen father must complete the acknowledgement of paternity and agreement to provide financial support located on page three of the DS-2029 (PDF 344 KB) form.
  • For children born to one U.S. citizen and one foreign national, the U.S. citizen parent should provide evidence that s/he has been physically present in the United States for at least five years prior to the child’s birth, two of which must have been over the age of 14. Examples of such evidence are: school transcripts, income tax returns with Form W-2, Social Security earnings history, pay receipts, passport entry/exit stamps in current and previous passports, etc.

If you wish to apply for a US passport for your child at the same time as the CRBA, please also bring:

If you wish to replace or amend a CRBA that has already been issued, click here.