Note: Effective Monday, July 19, 2010 an appointment will be required for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA).
Appointments can be scheduled through our website for any business day with the exception of American and Salvadoran holidays and the first Friday of each month as an administrative closure. To schedule an appointment click here.
To process the social security number of the minor, it is necessary to apply through The Regional Federal Benefits Unit located in the United States Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica. Through the following link.
After scheduling your appointment please locate and complete the necessary forms at the following link:
The child and both parents must be present at the appointment. The fee for this service is USD 205. This fee includes the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)and a U.S. passport for the child.
Effective November 13, 2017, the American Citizen Services Unit (ACS) requires all applicants to bring legible photocopies of original identification documents to all passport appointments. If your application requires any of the following documents, please bring a photocopy of the document, along with the original, with you:
- The biometrics page (i.e. photo page) of your current or expired passport.
- Birth Certificate (if passport is for a minor child)
- Identification of the parents or legal guardian of a minor (Passport, Driver’s License, State ID, DUI, or any other foreign national ID)
- Documents regarding civil status if required (i.e. Marriage or Divorce Certificate)
- Death certificate of a parent
- Social Security Card
Submitting photocopies within your application will save you time and money. The ACS unit will make photocopies for a fee of $1.00 per page.
How do I know if my child is eligible for this process?
Your biological child has a claim to U.S. citizenship if he/she meets ONE of the following conditions. These conditions must have been met prior to the birth of the child:
- BOTH of the child’s biological parents are U.S. citizens and one of the parents has resided in the United States at some point.
- Only ONE of the child’s biological parents is a U.S. citizen, the child’s parents are MARRIED, and the U.S. citizen parent has been physically present in the U.S. for a period of at least five years, two of which must have been after the age of 14.
- The child was born to an UNMARRIED, MALE U.S. citizen who has been physically present in the U.S. for a period of at least five years, two of which must have been after the age of 14. In this case, the U.S. father must agree in writing to support his child until the child reaches the age of 18 years.
- The child was born before June 11th, 2017 to an UNMARRIED, FEMALE U.S. citizen who has been physically present for a period of one year continuous in the U.S.
If the child was born after June 12th, 2017 to an UMARRIED, FEMALE U.S. citizen who has been present for five years in the U.S.
All the proof of physical presence must be before the child was born.
- Form DS 2029 for CRBA Please read the instructions carefully before completing. You can either fill it out online, or write legibly in block letters.
- Form DS-11 Application for U.S. Passport.
- Original Salvadoran birth certificate.
- S. passport(s) for U.S. citizen parent(s).
- Foreign passport or ID card for non-U.S. citizen parent.
- Parent’s marriage certificate, if applicable.
- Proof of termination of prior marriages for parents, if applicable (divorce decree, annulment, death certificate)
- Documents of the U.S. citizen parent showing proof of physical presence in the United States 5 years prior child’s birth.
If the child was born before June 11th, 2017 to and the mother is single and is the one transmitting the citizenship, she must bring proof of one year continuous physical presence in U.S.
- Two Photographs for passport application. 5 cm x 5 cm, in color with white background.
All evidence of physical presence must be before the child is born. Documents that can be submitted: Tax returns, Medical records, Social security certifications, University notes.
Please be mindful that it is your own responsibility to prove that you meet the physical presence requirement to transmit citizenship to your child, and you must be able to demonstrate that you do with enough evidence that a Consular Officer will have to review and approve. The burden of proof rests on you as applicants.
Schedule an appointment
Once you have obtained the documents need. You can schedule your appointment here
Each applicant for a CRBA requires an individual appointment. You don’t need to schedule a separate appointment for the passport application because you are applying for CRBA and passport at the same time.
Take into account that if the spaces for appointments of consular reports of birth abroad are closed you cannot do it in the space for passport. If that happens, you will not be seen at the embassy.
The presence of both parents and the child at the appointment is mandatory.
- Both parents must be present at the embassy on the day of the appointment. The cost of the service per passport and consular report of birth is $ 205.
- Never assume that, because you successfully applied for US citizenship of another child, you do not need to bring any evidence to the interviews for subsequent children. You should bring all supporting documents with you for each application.
- In some cases, consular officers may request DNA testing to test the biological relationship. If DNA evidence is requested, written instructions will be given. You must follow Embassy procedures, including DNA sample collection is attested by an employee of the American Embassy and use of a laboratory accredited by the AABB.
CRBA and passport delivery
The consular report of birth abroad will be delivered together with the passport two weeks after the approval of the process. You can come to the consular section at the American citizen Unit to pick up both documents.