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A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth if certain statutory requirements are met. If it is determined that the child acquired U.S. citizenship at birth the Department of State will issue a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), also called a Form FS-240, in the child’s name. According to U.S. law, a CRBA is proof of U.S. citizenship and may be used to obtain a U.S. passport, among other purposes.
Where to Apply: To apply, your child must have been born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and you must first complete the online application and payment and then we will schedule an appointment for you at U.S. Embassy Sarajevo for the in-person interview.
How to Apply
All CRBA applications are filed electronically prior to a in-person interview at U.S. Embassy Sarajevo. U.S. citizen parents complete a CRBA application online, upload all required documents, and submit payment prior to the in-person interview.
When to Apply: Parents of a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen or citizens should apply for a CRBA as soon as possible. Failure to promptly document a child who meets the statutory requirements for acquiring U.S. citizenship at birth may make it more difficult to establish the child’s U.S. citizenship. CRBA applications must be made before the child’s eighteenth (18th) birthday.
The Interview: On the day of the CRBA appointment, the child and at least one parent must appear. This can be either the transmitting U.S. citizen parent or a non-citizen parent, though having both parents present is preferred. In many cases, the approval for the CRBA can occur during the course of that interview and the parent(s) may wish to then apply for a U.S. passport for the child at the same time that they apply for a CRBA. Both parents must be present or the absent parent must give written consent to apply for the U.S. passport.
Requirements for the Interview: In order to apply for a CRBA please upload following and bring the originals to the interview:
Please note: the consular officer may ask for additional documents at the time of application.
For each application, you are required to upload clear scans of all the documents you will be submitting with the application (applicant’s/parents’ passports or IDs, birth and marriage certificates, etc.)
Other Important Information
Passport applications and 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 at https://ba.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/
To apply for the child’s first passport: Additional documents required for a U.S. passport are listed below.
The first step is to schedule an interview with a U.S. Consular Officer.
Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview.
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