The American Citizen Services (ACS) Sections in Saudi Arabia operate by appointment only for all customers needing non-emergency services.
Scheduling appointments allows us to provide better, more efficient service to the public.
Public hours: Routine services are available by appointment only from Sunday through Thursday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Services requiring on-line appointments:
- U.S. Passports Services (for new passports or renewals)
- Notary and Other Services (evidence of marital status, requests for police letters, Social Security issues, questions about voting, or Federal Benefits)
Appointments for the following services in Riyadh must be scheduled by email to RiyadhACS@state.gov:
- U.S. Citizenship & Report of Birth Abroad – CRBA (for reporting the birth abroad of child of a U.S. citizen and/or applying for the child’s first passport)
- All renunciation of U.S. citizenship appointments
Tips for the Online Appointment System:
- The on-line scheduling system below only allows appointment for one service. If you need multiple services, check only one box for the first service to make the appointment for all services.
- Please submit copies of all original documents, along with the originals that are appropriate for your case (for example: Saudi passport, birth certificate, U.S. passport, Saudi drivers’ license, certificate of naturalization, school records, etc).
- Please arrive in the section 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.
- If you need to cancel your appointment, you can do so directly via the same appointment link.
Select the nearest embassy or consulate general to schedule an appointment:
All personal electronic devices including cell phones and laptops are prohibited and are not allowed in the Embassy or Consulate. We strongly recommend that you leave your personal cell phones in your car or a safe place before arriving at the Embassy or Consulate as there is limited ability to store cell phones. Only bags that can be carried by hand will be permitted. Sealed envelopes or packages as well as cigarettes, lighters, sharp objects such as scissors, and weapons or explosive materials of any kind are prohibited. This list is not exhaustive and other items may be prohibited at the discretion of security staff.
Telephone Inquiries: You can reach the American Citizen Services (ACS) units Sunday through Thursday, from 9:00am to 11:00am by calling the nearest embassy or consulate general and asking to speak with the ACS unit.
Email Inquiries: You can also contact the ACS units via E-mail.
The American Embassy and Consulates General in Saudi Arabia are closed on Saudi and U.S. Holidays.
What Service Do You Require?
The concept of dual nationality means that a person is a citizen of two countries at the same time. Each country has its own citizenship laws based on its own policy. Persons may have dual nationality by automatic operation of different laws rather than by choice. For example, a child born in a foreign country to U.S. citizen parents may be both a U.S. citizen and a citizen of the country of birth.
A U.S. citizen may acquire foreign citizenship by marriage, or a person naturalized as a U.S. citizen may not lose the citizenship of the country of birth. U.S. law does not mention dual nationality or require a person to choose one citizenship or another. Also, a person who is automatically granted another citizenship does not risk losing U.S. citizenship. However, a person who acquires a foreign citizenship by applying for it may lose U.S. citizenship. In order to lose U.S. citizenship, the law requires that the person must apply for the foreign citizenship voluntarily, by free choice, and with the intention to give up U.S. citizenship.
Intent can be shown by the person’s statements or conduct. The U.S. Government recognizes that dual nationality exists but does not encourage it as a matter of policy because of the problems it may cause. Claims of other countries on dual national U.S. citizens may conflict with U.S. law, and dual nationality may limit U.S. Government efforts to assist citizens abroad. The country where a dual national is located generally has a stronger claim to that person’s allegiance.
However, dual nationals owe allegiance to both the United States and the foreign country. They are required to obey the laws of both countries. Either country has the right to enforce its laws, particularly if the person later travels there. Most U.S. citizens, including dual nationals, must use a U.S. passport to enter and leave the United States. Dual nationals may also be required by the foreign country to use its passport to enter and leave that country. Use of the foreign passport does not endanger U.S. citizenship. Most countries permit a person to renounce or otherwise lose citizenship.
Information on losing foreign citizenship can be obtained from the foreign country’s embassy and consulates in the United States. Americans can renounce U.S. citizenship in the proper form at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.