The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is an official record confirming that a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents acquired U.S. citizenship at birth and serves as proof of citizenship. This should be reported to the Embassy or Consulate where the birth occurred as soon as possible.
The Consulate in Dubai can only issue a CRBA for a child born within its consular district: Dubai, Sharjah, Ras al Khaimah, Fujeirah, Umm al Quwain and Ajman.
We may accept CRBA applications for children born outside the UAE and forward it to the appropriate Embassy or Consulate for processing. And for such cases, the process can take approximately 2-3 months.
* Mother, father, and applying child must appear in person.
The following original documents are required with English translations (done by a registered translation company), if applicable.
* Completed (but not signed) DS-2029 – Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad
* The child’s original birth certificate and one photocopy.
* The parents’ original marriage certificate and one photocopy.
* Original passports of both parents and one photocopy of each.
* Create online and print form DS-11 (if applying for a passport) and provide one passport photo that meets the specifications detailed here. Applications will be rejected if the passport photo does not meet these specifications.
* Original naturalization certificate(s) of U.S. citizen parent(s) and one photocopy, if applicable.
* Original divorce decree(s) and one photocopy, if applicable.
* Original death certificate(s) for parent(s) and one photocopy, if applicable
* If only one parent was a U.S. citizen at the time of the child’s birth:
– Bring documentation that clearly demonstrates that the U.S. citizen parent was physically present in the United States for at least five years (two years after the age of 14) prior to the child’s birth. Even if you have already presented such documentation as part of the naturalization process, you must still prove your physical presence to the consular officer at the time of your CRBA application submission. The most easily obtained and reliable documents to prove U.S. presence are academic transcripts, W2s from employment in the U.S., and passports showing entry/exit stamps, though you may bring any documents you wish. If you have previously documented the birth of an older child, their CRBA may be provided as evidence that you have met the physical presence requirement.
To schedule an appointment to submit your application for a CRBA please use the online scheduling system.
(U) THIRD PARTY ATTENDANCE AT PASSPORT AND CRBA APPOINTMENT INTERVIEWS
Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview. Attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant is subject to the following parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application(s):
- Given space limitations in the consular section, not more than one attendee at a
time will be allowed to accompany an applicant (or the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is a minor).
- Attendance by an attorney does not excuse the applicant and/or the minor applicant’s parent or guardian from attending the appointment interview in person.
- The manner in which a passport or CRBA appointment interview is conducted, and the scope and nature of the inquiry, shall at all times be at the discretion of the consular officer, following applicable Departmental guidance.
- It is expected that attorneys will provide their clients with relevant legal advice prior to, rather than at, the appointment interview, and will advise their clients prior to the appointment interview that the client will participate in the appointment interview with minimal assistance.
- Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.
- Attendees other than a parent or guardian accompanying a minor child may not answer a consular officer’s question on behalf or in lieu of an applicant, nor may they summarize, correct, or attempt to clarify an applicant’s response, or interrupt or interfere with an applicant’s responses to a consular officer’s questions.
- To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.
- The consular officer has sole discretion to determine the appropriate language(s) for communication with the applicant, based on the facility of both officer and applicant and the manner and form that best facilitate communication between the consular officer and the applicant. Attendees may not demand that communications take place in a particular language solely for the benefit of the attendee. Nor may attendees object to or insist on the participation of an interpreter in the appointment interview, to the qualifications of any interpreter, or to the manner or substance of any translation.
- No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.
- Attendees may not object to a consular officer’s question on any ground (including that the attendee regards the question to be inappropriate, irrelevant, or adversarial), or instruct the applicant not to answer a consular officer’s question. Attendees may not interfere in any manner with the consular officer’s ability to conduct all inquiries and fact-finding necessary to exercise his or her responsibilities to adjudicate the application.
- During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.
- Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.
- Attendees may not engage in any other conduct that materially disrupts the appointment interview. For example, they may not yell at or otherwise attempt to intimidate or abuse a consular officer or staff, and they may not engage in any conduct that threatens U.S. national security or the security of the embassy or its personnel. Attendees must follow all security policies of the Department of State and the U.S. embassy or consulate where the appointment interview takes place.
Attendees may not engage in any conduct that violates this policy and/or otherwise materially disrupts the appointment interview. Failure to observe these parameters will result in a warning to the attendee and, if ignored, the attendee may be asked to leave the appointment interview and/or the premises, as appropriate. It would then be the applicant’s choice whether to continue the appointment interview without the attendee present, subject to the consular officer’s discretion to terminate the appointment interview.
The safety and privacy of all applicants awaiting consular services, as well as of consular and embassy personnel, is of paramount consideration.