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Consular Report of Birth Abroad

A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent usually acquires U.S. citizenship at birth. Parents should contact the Consular Section as soon as possible after the child’s birth. Several documents are required for the issuance of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, which becomes the child’s proof of U.S. citizenship and can be used to receive a U.S. passport. For more information regarding a Consular Report of Birth, please visit the State Department website.

To apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America and to make an appointment, please click here

It is mandatory to include on the online appointment request the names of all non-applicants (parents and guardians of a minor) who plan to accompany the applicant to the Consular section; only those whose names are on the appointment list will be granted entry.
The U.S. citizen parent(s) and the child must appear in person.  Please provide the documents and forms listed below.

  1. Child’s birth certificate: one original and one certified copy, with English translation.
  2. Proof of parents’ citizenship:For U.S. citizen parent(s):
    • U.S. passport; or
    • U.S. birth certificate, showing filing date and issuing office’s seal; or
    • U.S. Naturalization Certificate; or
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad

    For alien parent:

    • identity document (passport, citizenship id card, etc.)
  3. Parent’s marriage certificate (if married): one original and one certified copy, with English translationProof of termination of all previous marriages, if any (divorce or death certificate)
  4. Applicable forms, photos, fees:
    • Completed application for Consular Report of Birth DS-2029 (PDF 61 KB – do not sign it, as your oath will be taken by the Consul)
    • Completed passport application, Form DS-11 (do not sign it, as your oath will be taken by the Consul)
    • Two identical passport photos, 2”x 2” (5cm x 5 cm), color with light background, taken within the past six months (See our photo specifications page)
    • Fees of $215. CRBA fee- $100, Passport fee- $115 (accepted cash only).
  5. Proof of parent’s ability to transmit U.S. citizenship:When a child has one U.S. citizen and one alien parent, the Consular Section will need proof of the U.S. citizen parent’s extended residence in the U.S.  Such proof may be in the form of school, tax, employment, travel, or other records.

Note:

For children born out of wedlock to a U.S. citizen father, the father must formally acknowledge parentage and agree to support the child through age 18 as well as fulfill the U.S. physical presence requirement stated above. Form DS-5507 (PDF 35 KB) applies.

Surrogacy

If you are planning to pursue surrogacy in Georgia, we advise U.S. citizens to contact us at: askconsultbilisi@state.gov

Please see the Handout on IVF/Surrogacy (PDF 267 KB).

DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) Testing Information

In order to establish a biological relationship in conjunction with your visa application, a DNA test might be recommended in your case. If the consular officer suggests you proceed with DNA testing, please read the following information carefully and follow these directions. DNA testing analyzes the genetic material in human cells and has been found to be over 99 percent accurate in verifying family relationships – parent/child, brother/sister, etc. The testing is entirely voluntary and all costs and expenses associated with it must be paid entirely by the visa or passport applicant and/or his or her family. The test results are usually available within a month, although this varies by lab.

If your relative is located in the United States, their test must be conducted in a Laboratory accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks(AABB) (http://www.aabb.org/). The person(s) to be tested must independently choose his or her own AABB Laboratory, make the appointment and go to the collection site directly. Under no circumstances can individuals use 3rd party vendors to select their laboratory, arrange their appointments or transport the specimens. The requested specimen collection technique is buccal (cheek or mouth cavity) swab.

Step 1:

The petitioner and/or parent must select an AABB-accredited laboratory and make the necessary arrangements for conducting the DNA test, including payment for all tested parties. Petitioner and/or parent should not use third-party vendors to select their laboratory, to arrange appointments or to transport the specimens outside of the laboratory chain-of-custody controls. The DNA samples for the petitioner and/or parent must be collected at a designated AABB testing site in the United States or at a laboratory overseas.

The AABB laboratory selected by the petitioner and/or parent will send a test kit, including a pre-paid, pre-addressed return envelope and explicit sampling instructions, directly to the Embassy’s Consular Section:

Embassy of the United States of America
29 Georgian-American Friendship Avenue
Didi Dighomi
Tbilisi 0131
Georgia

Step 2:

Once the Embassy receives your testing kit, the consular office will contact the applicant/ parent to arrange a time to come to the Embassy to provide a DNA sample. All persons providing samples must bring their passports and 2 passport photographs. The identity of the individual being tested will be verified and confirmed by the Embassy. A lab technician from the Embassy panel physician’s office will collect the DNA sample in the consular section. Once the test is complete, the Embassy will seal the DNA samples and ship them, using the pre-paid envelope, to the designated AABB laboratory.

Step 3:

AABB Laboratories will send test results directly to the Embassy. Even though petitioner/parent may receive his/her own copy of the results earlier, the Embassy can act only after receiving results directly from the AABB Laboratory. When the Embassy receives the results, we will contact the applicant/parent in Georgia.

An individual may exercise the right to formally renounce U.S. citizenship in accordance with Section 349(a)(5) INA.

Renunciation of U.S. citizenship is a very serious and irrevocable exercise and should therefore only be undertaken after careful consideration of the consequences. You must demonstrate you are fully aware of the consequences before you receive an appointment. Please read all of the information below on both this website and the provided links.

Renunciation of U.S. citizenship in Georgia can only be done by appointment at the U.S. Consular Section in Tbilisi.

To make an appointment for Special Consular Services (including notarial services), please click here.

To receive an appointment for an application to renounce, please complete the forms below and provide the required information requested below.  Upon completion, send forms and your required information to:

Please review and complete:

Form DS-4081 (PDF 199 KB): Statement of Understanding Concerning Consequences and Ramifications of Relinquishment or Renunciation of U.S. citizenship and

Form DS-4080 (PDF 263 KB): Oath/Affirmation of Renunciation of Nationality United States which are used in connection with renunciation of U.S. citizenship.  After completion, please email the documents to the Consular Section in Tbilisi.  The original documents need to be signed in the presence of a United States Consular Officer at your renunciation appointment.  At this time you also have to turn in your current U.S. passport and present your passport of your other nationality.

You may choose to submit a separate written explanation of your reasons for renunciation at your appointment.

For more information regarding renunciation and dual citizenship, please refer to the travel website of the State Department (Law and Policy).

Please note you will also be required to file IRS form 8854 directly with the Internal Revenue Service.  For additional details and to download the form, please see the IRS website.

 

Required Information

Please provide the following information:

  • Your current address, telephone number and e-mail address
  • Your full name as listed in your U.S. passport
  • All previous names that you have used, if any
  • a scan or photocopy of your completed but not signed Form DS-4080
  • a scan or photocopy of your completed but not signed Form DS-4081
  • Manner in which you acquired U.S. citizenship
  • Date and place of birth (city and state/country)
  • Your most recent U.S. Passport Number
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Last known U.S. address
  • Your other nationality
  • The passport of your other nationality
  • Date when you acquired your other nationality
  • Manner in which you acquired your other nationality (e.g. by birth, naturalization, etc. If you naturalized provide the date and place.)
  • Please list all periods of time that you resided in the U.S., from birth until present

 

Relinquishment

Form DS-4079: Determination of Possible Loss of U.S. Citizenship. If you have relinquished your U.S. citizenship in the past but have not requested a Certificate of Loss of Nationality, you may complete Form DS-4079 in lieu of Form DS-4080.

More information on relinquishment can be found on travel.state.gov.

Effective November 9, 2015, the application/processing fee for relinquishment of U.S. citizenship is equal to the fee for renouncing U.S. citizenship: $2,350 (accepted cash only).

If you have requested a Certificate of Loss of Nationality but no longer possess this document,  you may write to the Department of State.