WE JUST HAD A BABY! Since we live overseas, how do I ensure my baby is recognized as a U.S. citizen?

new bornIf you or your spouse is a United States citizen, you should get a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) for your baby.  The CRBA is an official record of U.S. citizenship issued to a person under age 18 who was born abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s) and acquired citizenship at birth. This document is used in the United States like a certified copy of a birth certificate, and it is acceptable evidence of citizenship for obtaining a passport and entering school. The Embassy strongly encourages all U.S. citizens with children born in Korea to apply for a CRBA as soon as possible after the birth of the child.  For more information see: https://kr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/birth/

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2 responses to “WE JUST HAD A BABY! Since we live overseas, how do I ensure my baby is recognized as a U.S. citizen?

  1. I was wondering based on the words “as soon as possible” how much time I really have in order to apply for the CRBA. My child was born only a week ago, but in the back of my head I only see the words “as soon as possible”.

    Obviously, my child at a week old, isn’t probably the best idea to go out an about where alot of people are, as well as taking passport photos, when he can barely open his eyes.

    Therefor I am wondering can I wait a month or so if no other pressing matters are evident (i.e. not traveling anytime soon, etc.)?

    • Thank you for your inquiry. As stated on our website, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. citizen is only issued to a child who acquired U.S. citizenship at birth and who is under the age of 18 at the time of the application. It is acceptable if an infant’s eyes, particularly a newborn’s, are not, or are not entirely, open. We recommend that you submit your baby’s consular report of birth abroad application to us before your baby reaches one year of age.
      Thank you

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