Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)!
A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is a formal document certifying the acquisition of United States citizenship at birth for a person born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents who meet the requirements for transmitting citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). United States non-citizen nationals are also eligible for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad using the non-citizen option.
CRBA applications must be made before the child’s 18th birthday. We recommend that parents apply for the CRBA as soon as possible after the child’s birth.
To apply, your child must have been born in the Philippines and you must travel to U.S. Embassy in Manila or U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu for the in-person interview.
To be eligible to apply for a CRBA online, you MUST answer all the following criteria with YES. If you answer “no” to one or more of these questions, but believe you or your child may be a U.S. citizen, please write to ACSInfoManila@state.gov for further instructions.
- Was the child born in the Philippines?
- Is the child under the age of 18?
- Was at least one parent a U.S. citizen or U.S. non-citizen national when the child was born?
- Can you use an internationally accepted credit/debit card or a direct payment method from a U.S. dollar denominated bank account (also known as “ACH”) to pay online for your Consular Report of Birth Abroad application?
- Are you a biological parent of a child born abroad who is applying for that child?
How to Apply
1.) To apply for a CRBA online, you need to create a MyTravelGov account or sign-in to your existing account. MyTravelGov is a secured, encrypted portal that you can use to start an eCRBA application or access an existing eCRBA application.
2.) Once you sign in or create a MyTravelGov account you can access eCRBA and submit your application online. The easy-to-use online process provides applicants with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application. You may review the necessary documents for the CRBA application in advance by reviewing this checklist.
3.) Once you complete the online application and submit payment, you may schedule your appointment at U.S. Embassy in Manila or U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu. Please schedule your appointment at least 72 hours after payment submission. This provides time for your payment to be processed prior to your CRBA interview. Please note: do NOT make another (or duplicate) payment for a CRBA ($100) at the Embassy.
- To request an appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, please send an email request to ManilaCRBAappt@state.gov.
- To request an appointment at the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu, use our Appointment Scheduling System.
4.) Attend your scheduled in-person interview with your child, original documents, and their photocopies (single-sided). Original documents will be returned to you after reviewing your application. You must provide English translations for all foreign language documents. The child must be present at the time of application. Generally, both parents also attend the interview.
Other Important Information
Note: If you are not eligible or are not able to submit your CRBA application electronically, please click here for instructions.
Social Security Card applications must be completed and submitted separately. Please note that an application for a Social Security Number can only be submitted after receiving the original Consular Report of Birth Abroad and Passport. To obtain a Social Security Number for your child, see further details.
Renounce U.S. Citizenship
If you intend to renounce your U.S. citizenship, please let us know of your intent by emailing ACSInfoManila@state.gov. We will then email you with your next steps, to first set up a phone interview, and later, an in-person appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Manila.
The fee for renunciation of U.S. Citizenship is $2,350.00 USD and it is non-refundable. Please prepare to pay your fee during your in-person appointment, either in cash (U.S. dollars or Philippine pesos) or by major credit card.