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).
- 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.
- Important: Same-sex couples cannot legally obtain a surrogacy contract in Georgia.
You should apply for your CRBA online in almost all circumstances. To apply online:
- Your child must have been born in Georgia or Russia*,
- At least one parent is a U.S. citizen or U.S. non-citizen national when the child was born,
- You or your spouse are the biological parent of the child born abroad, and
- You must travel to U.S. Embassy Tbilisi for the in-person interview.
*Note: U.S. citizens seeking to register the birth of their child born in Russia may apply at U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, which is one of three authorized posts (along with Riga and Tallinn) to accept and adjudicate CRBA applications for those children.
The only reason not to apply online is if you can’t 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 for your Consular Report of Birth Abroad application.
If you cannot apply online, you MUST apply by completing a DS-2029 paper application.
How to Apply
You can now apply for a CRBA electronically at the U.S. Embassy Tbilisi. 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.
- To apply for a CRBA online, you need to create a MyTravelGov account. MyTravelGov is a secured, encrypted portal. Watch this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVgRyLQd3jA&t=4s) to learn more about creating your account.
- Once you have created 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 (we will attach our current checklist in PDF, or link to our website).
- Once you complete the online application and submit payment, you will then be directed to schedule your appointment at U.S. Embassy Tbilisi. 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.
- Scheduling a CRBA appointment: When you have paid your fee, completed your online application, uploaded all documents, and waited 72 hours since paying the fee you can schedule your appointment here in the CRBA section: https://forms.gle/vM9oFcdHuNzz7c5o8. Do not schedule CRBA appointment using our online appointment system. Instead, please request an appointment for CRBA/passport service using U.S. Citizen Services Navigator.
- Attend you scheduled in-person interview with your original documents and their single-sided photocopies. 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.
Print out this CRBA Checklist to prepare your online CRBA Application.
You MUST review this important information to prevent your case from being delayed.
Do you wish to apply electronically for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (eCRBA)?
- Yes, I wish to apply using an electronic application (I acknowledge that I must allow at least 72 hours between my payment and the appointment to use this option).
- No, I will complete a paper application because I can’t use an internationally accepted credit/debit card or a direct payment method from a U.S. dollar denominated bank account.
Other Important Information
If you are applying for your child’s passport as well, you must bring:
- A passport application Form DS-11.
- To avoid delays associated with processing the passport application, you must use the passport application filler to complete your passport application.
- Please use the “form filler” version, NOT the PDF.
- Print the application single-sided for your appointment (when printed, there should be a QR bar code in the upper left-hand corner of the first page).
- You must have a local address in Georgia listed in question #8.
- 2 pre-cut, 2×2 passport photos per applicant – there are no photo services at or near the embassy.
- Cash or credit card to pay the correct fee.
- Supporting documentation with copies of each original (including for bio page of passports).
Social Security Number information
- U.S. residents returning to the United States should apply for a Social Security Number in the United States.
- Families resident in Georgia should submit Social Security Number applications directly to the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in Athens.
- We can assist with providing true copies of the original documents needed for the application. To do so, you will need to schedule online appointment for the notary service on our website.