Consular Report of Birth Abroad

If you are a U.S. citizen and your child was born in El Salvador, they might be eligible to obtain U.S citizenship. If you comply with the requirements established by the Immigration and Nationality Act of the United States, you can apply for your child’s Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). To submit a successful application, the applicant must:

• Prove the existence of a biological relationship to a parent who, at the time of the child’s birth, either was a U.S. Citizen OR was legally married to a U.S. citizen at the time of the child’s birth.  Court orders or adoptions establishing a legal relationship completed after the child was born do not qualify as a biological relationship.

• Present evidence of physical presence of the U.S. citizen parent in the United States prior to the child’s birth.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Scan and save as a single file in PDF format all documents mentioned in the list.
  3. 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 you haven’t received a replied phone call within the stipulated time.• You will be contacted by phone if documents submitted are complete, and an appointment will be scheduled.• You will be contacted through email if documents submitted are incomplete, or discrepancies have been found for your review.

WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT IF THE DOCUMENTATION IS INCOMPLETE


Additional resources:
• Photo Requirements• Please see U.S. Citizenship Laws & Policy for more information• Please see Child Citizenship Act of 2000 for more information