Birth

WHAT IS A 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). U.S. non-citizen nationals are also eligible for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, using the non-citizen option.

Your biological child has a claim to U.S. citizenship if he/she meets ONE of the following conditions.  These conditions must have been met prior to the birth of the child:

  1. BOTH of the child’s biological parents are U.S. citizens and one of the parents has resided in the United States at some point.
  2. Only ONE of the child’s biological parents is a U.S. citizen, the child’s parents are MARRIED, and the U.S. citizen parent has been physically present in the U.S. for a period of at least five years, two of which must have been after the age of 14.
  3. The child was born to an UNMARRIED, MALE U.S. citizen who has been physically present in the U.S. for a period of at least five years, two of which must have been after the age of 14.  In this case, the U.S. father must agree in writing to support his child until the child reaches the age of 18 years.
  4. The child was born on or before June 11, 2017 to an UNMARRIED, FEMALE U.S. citizen who has spent at least 365 days of uninterrupted physical presence in the U.S. at any time.
  5. The child was born on or after June 12, 2017 to an UNMARRIED, FEMALE U.S. citizen who has been physically present in the U.S. for a period of at least five years, two of which must have been after the age of 14.

How to apply 

  1. Apply Online:  If you plan to apply at U.S. Embassy Santiago, you may be eligible to apply for your child’s CRBA through eCRBA.

You can now apply for a CRBA electronically at U.S. Embassy Santiago. This new online feature allows U.S. citizen parents to complete a CRBA application online, upload all required documents, and submit payment prior to the in-person interview

OR 

      2. Paper Application: Complete and download Form DS-2029. 

If you are not eligible or do not wish to apply for an eCRBA, you will still be able to complete a CRBA paper application (DS-2029).

Starting October 2023, you can apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) electronically.

  • After completing your application, you must travel to the U.S. Embassy in Santiago for the in-person interview.
  • 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. Passport applications must be completed and submitted separately.

This new online process (eCRBA) allows U.S. citizen parents to complete a Consular Report of Birth Abroad application online, upload all required documents, and submit payment prior to the in-person interview.

To apply for a CRBA online, you MUST meet all the following criteria:

  • The child was born in Chile
  • The child is under the age of 18
  • At least one parent a U.S. citizen or U.S. non-citizen national when the child was born.
  • You must be able to use an internationally accepted credit/debit card or a direct payment method to pay online at U.S. Government’s official payment site Pay.Gov
  • You are a biological parent of the child for whom you are applying for a CRBA

To begin the online application, you need to create a MyTravelGov account. MyTravelGov is a secure, encrypted portal.

Complete your eCRBA application. Scan and upload your documents as you go.

Documents: The eCRBA application will guide you through the process and will allow you to scan and upload documents as you go. You can scan, save, and upload documents in each section of the eCRBA application as a .JPG file. You must bring the original documents to the in-person interview where a consular officer will verify them.

  • Child’s Birth Certificate – Chilean Birth Certificate (Certificado de nacimiento para todo trámite) issued online by Registro Civil.
  • Chilean picture ID document for your child, if you have already obtained it plus a photocopy
  • S. passport(s) for U.S. citizen parent(s) plus a photocopy.
  • Foreign passport or ID card for non-U.S. citizen parent plus a photocopy.
  • Parent’s marriage certificate, if applicable. (If you were married in Chile, please submit the marriage certificate “para todo tramite” issued online and free of charge by the Registro Civil) plus a photocopy
  • Proof of termination of prior marriages for parents, if applicable (divorce decree, annulment, death certificate) plus a photocopy
  • Documentary evidence of the U.S. citizen parent’s required physical presence in the United States prior to the birth of the child.  Examples of evidence include high school and university transcripts, employment records, contracts, Social Security Earnings statements, dental or medical records, etc.

Pay the eCRBA fee ($100) by internationally accepted credit/debit card or a direct payment method to pay online at U.S. Government’s official payment site Pay.Gov.

Please note that there are additional fees for the passport application that will be paid at the time of the appointment in person at the embassy.

Please schedule your appointment using our online appointment system.  Each applicant requiring a service must have a separate appointment. If applying through eCRBA please allow a minimum of 5 to 7 working days between payment submission and CRBA scheduled interview appointment. This provides time for your payment to be processed.  If you schedule your appointment before this time, your application will not be available, and you will have to fill out the paper form at the embassy and pay the fee again.

  • Choose ‘Report the birth abroad of a child of a U.S. citizen and/or apply for the child’s first passport.’
  • Print or write down the appointment date and time, confirmation number and password (you will not receive booking confirmation or appointment reminders by email).

Attend you scheduled in-person interview with your original documents and their photocopies (single-sided). Original documents will be returned to you after reviewing your application. The child must be present at the time of the interview.

We strongly recommend that you apply for your child’s U.S. passport for travel purposes. Please visit our website for further information on passport application for minors. You can submit the passport application at your in-person eCRBA appointment. Please note that an additional set of photocopies of some documents are necessary with the DS 11 passport application (birth certificate, passports, id card).

If you are unable to apply through the eCRBA, and you are eligible to transmit citizenship to your child, you can always apply directly at the Embassy submitting the form DS-2029.

If you have determined that your child is eligible for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) you must gather the documents listed below.

You must submit all documents in original form and one photocopy of each (except the form DS2029- only one copy is needed).  All original documents will be returned to you at the end of your appointment.  Please note that if you are also applying for the child’s passport, you will have to bring additional photocopies of the documents listed in the requirements for passport applications for minors

 

  1. Form DS-2029. You can print the form from the Department’s public facing e-Forms webpage to ensure you are using the latest version. Search the form number in the search box at the top of the main page (DS-2029).  The form is accessible online using Google Chrome (not Internet Explorer) to open the link. You can either fill it out online, or write legibly in block letters. Application must be filled out in black ink. Please print onesided.
  2. Child’s Birth Certificate – Please provide the Chilean Birth Certificate (Certificado de nacimiento para todo trámite) issued online and free of charge by Registro Civil.
  3. Chilean picture ID document for your child, if you have already obtained it plus a photocopy –  (See important notice regarding this at the end of this page.)
  4. U.S. passport(s) for U.S. citizen parent(s) plus a photocopy.
  5. Foreign passport or ID card for non-U.S. citizen parent, if applicable plus a photocopy.
  6. Parent’s marriage certificate, if applicable. (If you were married in Chile, please submit the marriage certificate “para todo tramite” issued online and free of charge by the Registro Civil) plus a photocopy.
  7. Proof of termination of prior marriages for parents, if applicable (divorce decree, annulment, death certificate) plus a photocopy
  8. Documentary evidence of the U.S. citizen parent’s required physical presence in the United States prior to the birth of the child.  Examples of evidence include high school and university transcripts, employment records, contracts, Social Security Earnings statements, dental or medical records, etc.

We strongly recommend that your child apply for a U.S. passport for travel purposes. See the following link for further information on passport renewal for minors.

You can apply for the passport at the same time. Please note that an additional set of photocopies of some documents listed above must be submitted along with the DS 11 passport application (birth certificate, passports, id card)

Form DS-11. You can print the form from the Department’s public facing e-Forms webpage to ensure you are using the latest version. Search the form number in the search box at the top of the main page (DS-0011).  The form is accessible online using Google Chrome (not Internet Explorer) to open the link. You can either fill it out online or write legibly in block letters using only black ink. Please print one-sided pages

Schedule your appointment using our online appointment system. You must schedule an appointment for each applicant. Please schedule your appointment at least 5 business days after the payment. This will allow time for payment to be processed prior to your interview.

  • Select ‘Report of Birth Abroad of a child of a U.S. citizen and/or apply for the child’s first passport.’
  • Print your appointment information which will appear as soon as you confirm your appointment. You will not receive an email or reminders.

Both parents and the child MUST be physically present before a consular officer the day of the appointment.

You will need to be at the embassy for an estimated 60-90 minutes.

Take into consideration that the CRBA+passport application process takes approximately 5-7 weeks, so plan your travel accordingly.

When we deliver your child’s Consular Report of Birth and passport, we will also enclose written instructions on how to apply for your child’s social security number.

  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad:  US$100
  • S. Passport for minor under age 16: US$135
  • S. Passport Card for minor under age 16: US$15
  • S. Passport for applicant age 16+: US$165
  • S. Passport Card for applicant age 16+: US$30

Payment methods:

  • Cash (U.S. dollars or Chilean pesos) or credit card. The credit card holder must be present with identification to use a credit card.
  • We do not take debit cards (Redcompra) or personal checks.

Important, the person whose name is on the credit/debit card must be present. Some debit cards, such as from Banco del Estado, cannot be processed because these cards may not accept payments in U.S. dollars.

We can send the documents by DHL. You will need to purchase an airway bill at a DHL office or  by email. you will find the instructions here.

How can my adopted child acquire US citizenship or if he or she does not meet the requirements to transmit citizenship to a biological child?

If your child is adopted or you do not meet the requirements  transmit US citizenship to your child, your child may automatically become a citizen under the Child Citizenship Act (CCA) of 2000 by meeting the requirements established by this law. The CCA allows certain foreign-born, biological, and adopted children of American citizens to automatically become U.S. citizens. These children are not granted US citizenship at birth but upon entering the United States as a legal permanent resident.

Important notice to dual national citizens

Please note that it is likely that your child acquired Chilean citizenship by birth in Chile.  If so, your child will need to have a valid Chilean passport at the time of travel in addition to the U.S. passport.  Chilean passports are issued by the Chilean Civil Registry and Identification Service.

Be mindful that if one of the parents is planning on travelling outside of Chile with the minor, Chilean law mandates that the non-travelling parent must provide a notarized travel authorization, which must be presented before Chilean International Police (PDI) with the child’s birth certificate and passports (both U.S. and Chilean) when departing Chile.  The child’s birth certificate must be presented to International Police even when traveling with both parents to establish the relationship. Any questions regarding this issue should be directed to the Chilean International Police.  This requirement applies to all minors living in Chile, regardless of their nationality.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES SUCH AS CELL PHONES AND LAPTOPS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE EMBASSY.