Reporting a U.S. Citizen Birth Abroad
Children born abroad to U.S. citizen parents may have a claim to U.S. citizenship. If the parent(s) meets the transmission requirement, the birth should be reported at the Embassy, and a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and a U.S. passport will be issued.
We strongly recommend that the birth be reported to the Embassy as soon as possible. Even if your child holds nationality of a country other than the U.S., he or she must be in possession of a valid U.S. passport to enter and exit the United States.
Applying For a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and Passport for Your Child
In all cases, both parents must appear in person with the child upon the submission of the application. If one parent is outside of Chad and unable to appear, a signed written consent (Form DS-3053) notarized by a U.S. Notary Public or U.S. Consular officer must be provided by that parent in addition to a copy of his/her passport. All documents must be submitted in the original. Where originals cannot be submitted, notarized copies are acceptable.
What You Need to Bring
- The child's official birth certificate issued by the Chadian authorities.
- Parents' official marriage certificate.
- Official divorce decree if either parent was previously married. If one parent is deceased, please provide an official death certificate.
- Naturalization certificate for a naturalized parent(s) and U.S. passport(s).
- Parents who have previously documented children born abroad should bring the other Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.
- One photograph 2” x 2”, showing a full front view of the child's face with a white background.
- Passport application Form DS-11; Consular Report of Birth Abroad application (Form DS-2029); and Affidavit of Parentage and Physical Presence(filled out by the American citizen parent, if the parents are unmarried)
Fees are paid in cash upon submission of the application in either USD or CFA.
- Registration of birth of American citizen abroad: USD 100.00
- U.S. passport fee: USD 105.00
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