- 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). In order to transmit U.S. citizenship to a child, the U.S. citizen parent(s) must have been a U.S. citizen at the time of the child’s birth and must have accrued sufficient physical presence in the United States to transmit citizenship.
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 Sri Lanka and you and your child must travel to the U.S. Embassy Colombo for the in-person interview. Generally, both parents must attend the interview as well.
To be eligible to apply for a CRBA online, you MUST answer all the following criteria with YES.
- Was the child born in the Sri Lanka or the Maldives?
- 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?
If you answered YES to all the above questions, please proceed with eCRBA. If you answered NO to any of the above questions, you MUST apply be completing a paper application (DS-2029).
HOW TO APPLY (online application process and payment)
You can now apply for a CRBA electronically (eCRBA) via a process that allows U.S. citizen parents to complete the application online, upload all required documents, have your application reviewed for accuracy, and pay online prior to the in-person interview at the U.S. Embassy in Colombo.
**Please do not pay or submit your application. Use the ACS Navigator to contact us once you complete your application and we will complete a review for accuracy and completeness.**
- Create a MyTravelGov account or sign-in to your existing account. MyTravelGov is a secured, encrypted portal. (Watch this video to learn more about creating your account.)
- Complete your eCRBA application, using the CRBA checklist. Review the CRBA checklist for all required documents. Scan and upload documents as you go, make sure you sign the CRBA Appointment Page and upload it into the system. DO NOT PAY OR SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.
- Use the ACS Navigator or email ColomboACS@state.gov with as much of the following information as possible:
- USE THIS SUBJECT LINE: E18 NAME OF U.S. CITIZEN – APPLICATION FOR CRBA PRECHECK
- Application number
- Full name of the U.S. citizen
- Full name of the child
We will check whether the application is complete and then you can proceed with the payment. The ACS unit will review your application within 5 business days of your submission.
- Complete necessary corrections through the online application and submit payment online ($100).
- Secure your appointment: EMAIL US at ColomboACS@state.gov with the following information and attachments:
- USE THIS SUBJECT LINE: E19 – CHILD’S FULL NAME – Additional CRBA Info Submitted
- Child’s full name
- Child’s date of birth
- List of documents you have already uploaded in the eCRBA system
- Proof of your CRBA submission
The ACS unit will review your full application within 5 business days of your submission. An interview date will be granted only if your online application was submitted accurately and completely.
- Attend your in-person interview with your child, original documents and their single-sided photocopies. You MUST bring all original documents to your appointment. Original documents will be returned to you. The child (and both parents) must be present at the interview appointment.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Applying for a U.S. passport: If desired, you may also apply for a U.S. passport for your child during your in-person CRBA interview. For information on the required passport documents and fees, please visit our passport page. Please make sure you complete the required DS-11 application form (filled out electronically) and bring it with you to your CRBA interview.
Applying for social security number: 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.
If you have any questions, please review the following resources:
- You can review the CRBA Checklist for detailed guidance on all required documents here.
- You can access eCRBA 2.0 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here.
- You can access an online tutorial here.
- You can view an application how-to-guide here.
For questions or concerns, please contact the U.S. Embassy Colombo through the ACS Navigator.
CRBA Paper Application
Children born abroad to U.S. citizen parents may have a claim to U.S. citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) if the child’s parent(s) meet the applicable requirements for transmission of citizenship prior to the child’s birth. At least one parent must have been a U.S. citizen at the time of your child’s birth in order to pass citizenship to your child.
Detailed information on the requirements for transmitting citizenship can be found here.
If the parent(s) meet the legal requirements to transmit citizenship to their child, the Consular Section will issue a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). The parents may also obtain a U.S. passport and information on how to apply for a social security number for the child at that time.
We strongly recommend that you complete the CRBA application as soon as possible after the birth of your child. It is not possible to issue a CRBA for a child who is over the age of 18. However, the child may still be documented as a U.S. citizen and eligible for a passport.
To request a CRBA appointment, you first must complete the following instructions:
- Determine your child’s eligibility for U.S. citizenship.
- Review the CRBA checklist and collect all required information/documents.
- Complete the CRBA application (DS-2029) and appointment confirmation form.
- Email ColomboACS@state.gov with a scanned copy of the completed CRBA Appointment Confirmation Form, CRBA Checklist, and all the relevant documents and photocopies.
- If granted an appointment, remember to bring all your original documents and photocopies. Both parents and the child must be present at the interview.
NOTE: Failure to complete the CRBA checklist and not collect all the necessary documents will result in delays in scheduling an appointment!
U.S. Embassy Colombo
210 Galle Road
Appointments for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) are by appointment only. Only after you collect all necessary documents and your application had been reviewed for completeness, will you be granted an appointment.
**The U.S. Embassy Colombo is closed on Sri Lankan and American Holidays.**
Missed Appointments: We have a full schedule of appointments every day and are unable to accommodate late arrivals. If you missed your appointment (date or time) you must reschedule a new appointment.
Day of Appointment Instructions:
- Bring all necessary original documents and photocopies.
- Bring two forms of government-issued identification (your Passport and one other ID, if available).
Wait Time at the Embassy: Wait times vary depending on the service(s) you and those ahead of you require. In general applicants for a CRBA or a minor passport renewal may take the longest (up to an hour) as they require considerable data entry and an interview with a consular officer. We strive to provide services as promptly as possible and appreciate your patience. Your wait time will be much longer if you are unprepared at the time of your appointment.