How to Apply for a CRBA

Note: The information below applies to children under 18.  If you are over 18 and attempting to document citizenship acquired through your U.S. citizen parent(s), please see instructions on our “Citizenship Claim” web page.

Visit the Department of State’s web page “Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship by a Child Born Abroad” to confirm your child qualifies.  Depending on the circumstances of the birth, the parent(s) must meet certain U.S. physical presence requirements.  Note that application fees are non-refundable if your child is found not to qualify.

Print and fully complete our CRBA Checklist (PDF 398 KB).  Please check the appropriate box in front of each document that you will be submitting.  Note that for some required documents, you will need to submit both the original and a photocopy.  The documents should be placed in the same order as listed in our checklist, with the original on top of the copy.

After you gather all required documents and complete the checklist, schedule an appointment through our Online Calendar. We cannot accept walk-in CRBA applications.  The child must be present for the appointment.

Most parents choose to apply for their child’s first U.S. passport at the same time they apply for the CRBA. Please note that both parents must be present in order to apply for the passport (or the non-present parent must complete Form DS-3053 Statement of Consent (PDF 52 KB).  See the checklist above or our web page on applying for a passport for a minor for forms and instructions.

Currently, CRBA applications are only accepted Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12:30.  Expect at least 20-30 minutes of paperwork submission and about 15-20 minutes of interview with an officer.  If the application is approved, it will be send electronically to the Department of State for processing.  A Form FS-240 certification will be printed in the United States and express mailed to our office in about 10 business days.  We will email you a notification email to appear and pick it up, or if you requested courier service, we will notify that the certificate was mailed via private courier.  (Please ask about the courier service when you appear for the interview.)

If you have a question that is not answered on our website, please contact us at ACSTirana@state.gov.