Consular report of birth abroad

Welcome to the Consular Report of Birth Abroad information page

Acquisition of U.S. citizenship is not automatic. A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent, or parents, may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth if certain statutory requirements are met.

You must schedule an appointment for this service
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Please do not use a Passport Services or Notarial slot appointment for this service.

Before scheduling an appointment, you must review all of the below information, plus the additional resources, to evaluate whether you or your child are eligible to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad.

The following 3 facts must be established in order to transmit U.S. citizenship:

(1) At least one parent was a U.S citizen at the time of a child’s birth
(2) There is a blood/biological relationship between the child and U.S citizen parent.
(3) The U.S citizen parent had spent the required amount of time (physical presence) in the United States prior to the child’s birth

Note on physical presence

At least 5 years prior to the birth of your son/daughter if your son/daughter was born on or after November 14, 1986,and two of those five years must be after the parent’s 14th birthday; or

At least 10 years if your son/daughter was born between December 24, 1952 and November 14, 1986, and five of those ten years must be after the parent’s 14th birthday.

If both parents are U.S. citizens, at least one of them must prove residence in the United States at some point in their lives. No specific time period, just need to prove residency.

If the mother is the U.S. citizen, and the child was born out of wedlock before June 11th 2017, the mother must prove one year of continuous physical presence in the United States.

If the mother is the U.S. citizen, and if the child was born on or after June 12th 2017,in or out of wedlock, the mother must prove five years of physical presence in the United States, (two of those five years must be after the mother’s 14th birthday, and the physical presence does not need to be continuous.)

Note Regarding Blood Relationship

• If the father is the transmitting U.S. citizen, the biological relationship of the minor will need to be clearly established with supporting documents such as: El Salvador Migratory Report of the U.S. citizen father, current and previous passports showing exit and entry stamps, photographs of the familial relationship, among other documents. The interviewing officer may request a DNA test to establish parentage after the interview; however, any test taken on your own prior to the interview will not be accepted.

For additional information on transmission requirements, please visit Travel.State.Gov

The burden is on the transmitting U.S. citizen parent(s) to prove, with original and strong supportive documents, the above premises.

In addition to above premises, ALL applicants are required to submit the following documents:

• Form DS-2029 Version 2016 (Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad) completed but not signed.
• Form DS-11 Version 2016 (Application for Passport) completed but not signed.
• 1 Passport Photo size 2 x 2 inches, in color with white background. (See photo requirements on the additional resource tab). Please note: the Embassy does not take photos for passport applicants.
• Child’s original Salvadoran birth certificate with one photocopy.
• Parents must provide:
o If parents are married, marriage certificate (original and copy).
o If applicable, previous divorce decree(s) (original and copy).
o Most recent passport of the U.S. citizen parent (original and copy).
o If applicable, Naturalization Certificate (original and Copy).
o Proof of identity for both parents, such as ID, driver’s license, or passports (Original and copy).
• Proof of physical presence or residence of the transmitting U.S. citizen parent (see explanation above). Examples of acceptable documentation include:Income Tax Declarations, Social Security Statement, School Transcripts, Medical Records, Military Service Records, etc.
• Migratory Report of the transmitting U.S. citizen parent (Obtain report from Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) of El Salvador)

• Both parents and the minor child must be present at the interview.
• If one parent is not able to attend the interview, the absent parent must fill out Form DS-2029 Version 2016 and Form DS-3053 Version 2016, have both forms notarized by a U.S. Notary or at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, and attach a photocopy of the ID with visible signature of the absent parent that was presented at time of notarization; submit it with all the paperwork the day of the interview.
• Parents must bring all required and supporting documentation to the interview for each child, including the interview for a subsequent child.
• The consular officer may request DNA testing to confirm the biological relationship. If DNA evidence is requested, written instructions will be given at the time of your interview. Do not provide the results of a DNA test prior to the interview as it will not be accepted by the consular officer.

Consular Report of Birth Abroad $100
U.S. Passport for Minor 15 years old or under $115
U.S. Passport for adult 16 years old or more $145
Passport Card (optional) $15 (minors) $30 (adult)

FEES ARE PAYABLE THE DATE OF YOUR APPOINTMENT AT THE EMBASSY
IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED, BUT NOT REQUIRED, TO PAY FOR BOTH THE CONSULAR REPORT OF BIRTH ABROAD AND THE U.S PASSPORT AT THE SAME TIME.
FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE IF THE APPLICATION IS DENIED

Delivery time is 2 weeks and passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad must be picked up at the ACS Unit of the U.S. Embassy. Pick up time is between 10:30am to 12:00pm Monday to Thursday with valid ID and paper receipt confirmation. Please note that delivery via Cargo Expresso is not an option.

Additional resources:
Photo Requirements
• Please see U.S. Citizenship Laws & Policy for more information
• Please see Child Citizenship Act of 2000 for more information
• You can also contact us with your citizenship inquiries at: ACSSanSal@state.gov