If you are a U.S. citizen, your child was born in El Salvador, he/she is under 18 years old, and you comply with the requirements established by the Immigration and Nationality Act of the United States, you are able to transmit U.S. citizenship to your child by submitting a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) application.
To submit a successful CRBA application, the U.S citizen parent(s) must:
• Be a U.S. citizen at the time the child was born and prove the existence of a biological relationship between them, or be legally married with the non U.S. citizen mother at the time of the child’s birth,
• Submit evidence of physical presence* of the U.S. citizen parent(s) in the United States prior to the child’s birth. *Check Law time requirements on requirement list below.
HOW CAN YOU APPLY FOR A CONSULAR REPORT OF BIRTH ABROAD?
If you meet the requirements, you can request your appointment for a consular interview as follows:
- Complete the forms and gather all documents detailed in this requirement list. Please read instructions carefully. Note: The name of the applicant should match their birth document(s). Changes to the applicant’s name must be supported by an amended document or other name change evidence. An affidavit from the parents is not sufficient to establish a name change.
- The presence of the U.S. citizen parent at the interview is not obligatory but it is highly recommended. If the U.S. citizen parent is not present, form DS-5507 must be submitted signed and notarized in original.
- If any of the parents cannot attend the interview, you must present the DS-3053 form signed and notarized in original.
- Scan and save as a single file in PDF format all documents mentioned in the list.
- Send the PDF file as an attachment to the following email: SanSalvadorCRBA@state.gov .
Note: Documents that come from links, photo images, drives, clouds, or in another format will not be accepted.
IMPORTANT: Please use your child’s complete name as the subject on the email, and add a local, or U.S. telephone number, as body content.
WHAT TO DO AFTER SENDING THE EMAIL WITH THE ATTACHED PDF FILE?
The estimated time to receive a response to your appointment request for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad is from 3 to 5 business days. Please do not send your email again. If the documents you send in your email are incomplete or incorrect, we will respond to your email requesting the missing or pertinent correction.
WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT IF THE DOCUMENTATION IS INCOMPLETE
If your case is approved, it takes two weeks to deliver the Consular Report of Birth Abroad and passport.
Additional resources: • Photo Requirements• Please see U.S. Citizenship Laws & Policy for more information • Please see Child Citizenship Act of 2000 for more information