Citizenship Services

What Service Do You Require?

A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth. Parents should schedule an appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi as soon as possible after the child’s birth so that a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) can be issued as an official record of the child’s claim to U.S. citizenship or nationality.

Please note the following important information:

  • For a CRBA appointment, the U.S. citizen parent transmitting citizenship and the child applicant must appear in person.
  • If a passport is also being applied for:
    • Both parents are generally required to appear with their child.
    • If one parent is not physically present, a notarized DS-3053 should be provided. If the non-appearing parent is not in the United States, the form may be notarized at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. A certified true copy of the non-appearing parent’s passport or photo ID should accompany the DS-3053.
    • Parent(s) (or a legal guardian with documentation of that status) who are accompanying the child applicant should be listed in the child applicant’s online appointment request.
      • Non-applicants (except parent(s) and legal guardians(s)) are not permitted in the waiting room, even if they are listed in the online application request.
      • Exception:  if you intend to bring an attorney to the interview, please review applicable requirements here and include the attorney’s name in the applicant’s online appointment request
  • If your child was born via surrogacy, please review our surrogacy handout and contact us regarding additional requirements.

Please come to your appointment with the following:

1.  Applicable forms, photos, fees:

  • DS-2029: completed Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad
    (do not sign it, as your oath will be taken by a consular official)
  • DS-5507 (only if required, see below): completed Affidavit of Physical Presence or Residence, Parentage, and Support
  • DS-11: completed U.S. Passport Application
    (do not sign it, as your oath will be taken by a consular official)
    Note:  You may not use a DS-82; you must use a DS-11
  • Two identical passport photos, 2”x 2” (51mm x 51mm), color with light background, taken within the past six months
  • Fees:
    • CRBA fee: $100
    • Passport fee: $115
    • Credit card and cash (USD or GEL) payments are accepted

2. Child’s birth certificate:

  • one original and one certified copy, with English translation

3. Evidence 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
  • CRBA

-For non-U.S. citizen parent:

  • Identity document with photo and signature (passport, national ID card, etc.)

4. Documents relevant to parents’ marital status:

-If parents are married:

  • Marriage certificate
    (one original and one certified copy, with English translation)
  • Proof of termination of all previous marriages, if any
    (divorce or death certificate)

-If parents are not married, or if parents are married but only father is biologically related to the child:

  • Father must formally acknowledge parentage and agree to support the child through age 18
  • This is done on the DS-2029 if the father attends the CRBA appointment; if he does not, he must provide the DS-5507

5. Proof of U.S. citizen parent’s ability to transmit U.S. citizenship:

  • Evidence of residency or physical presence in the United States
    • Requirements differ depending on citizenship of parents
    • Please review the information here carefully and come to your appointment with the necessary evidence
  • Evidence may include documents such as school transcripts, rental leases, property deeds, automobile registrations, professional licenses, vaccination or other medical records, property tax records, utility bills, employment records, military records, income records (including W-2 salary forms), and birth certificates for U.S.-born children.
    • Please that because U.S. citizens are required to pay income tax even when not physically present or residing in the United States, income tax records alone as insufficient evidence of physical presence or residency.

For more information regarding CRBAs, please visit the State Department website.

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.

Note: Renunciation of citizenship appointments are not currently available. We will resume services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. Please continue to check this website for updates.

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.