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Birth Abroad

Report Birth Abroad

Child Born Abroad to a U.S. Citizen Parent

When a child is born abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s), it’s important to report the birth as soon as possible to the nearest U.S. Embassy to establish an official record of the child’s claim to U.S. citizenship at birth.

You will want to apply for three things for your new baby:

1.    Consular Report of Birth Abroad – establishes the child’s U.S. citizenship and serves as a U.S. birth certificate

2.    U.S. Passport

3.    Social Security Card – in order to claim your child as a dependent on your U.S. taxes, your child must have a Social Security Number

Please fill out and print all of the required documents before you come to the Embassy, but do not sign any of the applications until instructed to do so.  

For Your Child’s Consular Report of Birth Abroad

1.   Form DS-2029:  Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad. Do not sign the form until you are in front of the Consular Officer at the time of your interview! Please type the information onto the online form and then print it out, vice printing it out and hand writing in the data.

2.   An original copy of the child’s Icelandic birth certificate, from Þjóðskrá, the Icelandic National Registry.

3.   U.S. passport(s) of the U.S. citizen parent(s). A non-U.S. citizen parent must provide photo identification such as a foreign passport or driver’s license.

4.   Original marriage certificate of the parents (if applicable).

5.   Original divorce decrees from any prior marriages for both parents (if applicable).  

6.   Form DS-5507 - Affidavit of Parentage, Physical Presence, and Support:  Required if only one parent is a U.S.citizen. It is not required if both parents are U.S. citizens.  The affidavit requires the U.S. citizen parent to acknowledge that the child is his/hers, and to state, as specifically as possible, the parent's periods of physical presence in the United States.  Extra sheets may be attached as necessary. Do not sign the form until you are in front of the Consular Officer at the time of your interview! Please type the information onto the online form and then print it out, vice printing it out and hand writing in the data.

7.   Proof of Physical Presence in the United States:  Required if only one parent is a U.S.citizen. It is not required if both parents are U.S. citizens. In cases where the child is born to one U.S. citizen parent and one non-U.S. citizen parent, or in cases where the child is born out of wedlock to a U.S. citizen mother, the U.S. citizen parent must submit evidence that he/she was present in the United States for the required amount of time prior to the birth of the child.  For births in wedlock, the required time is 5 years. For births out of wedlock to a U.S. citizen mother, the required time is one year. Such evidence frequently takes the form of passports; tax records, including W-2 forms; pay statements or other evidence of employment; photos; school transcripts; apartment leases; or annual Social Security statements.  These are merely suggestions, and you are encouraged to submit any type of available documentary proof.  If no such evidence is available, the consular officer will advise you at the time of your application what alternatives you may have for proving your presence in the United States.

8.   The CRBA application fee of $100.00 or the equivalent in Icelandic kronur.  The Embassy accepts U.S. dollars cash, Icelandic kronur cash, or credit cards; we are unable to accept debit cards or personal checks.  

9.   Finally, please note that both parents and the child must be physically present at the time of the interview.  If one parent is unable to come to the interview, please contact the American Citizen Services unit by e-mail at reykjavikconsular@state.gov for further guidance.  

For Your Child’s U.S. Passport

In addition to the documents listed above, you must also bring the following documents for the passport application for your child:

1.    Form DS-11:  Passport application for a minor child. Please type the information onto the online form and then print it out, vice printing it out and hand writing in the data. Do not sign the form until you are in the presence of the Consular Officer.

2.    One passport size photo of your child.  This link provides information about photo requirements as well as tips on how to successfully take newborn baby photos. Please note that most mall photo booth photos will not meet U.S. passport photo requirements. Photo Requirements.

3.    Passport application fee of $105.00 or the equivalent in Icelandic kronur.  The Embassy accepts U.S. dollars cash, Icelandic kronur cash, or credit cards; we are unable to accept debit cards or personal checks.  

4.    Both parents and the child must be physically present at the time of the interview.  U.S. law requires both parents to sign the passport application form for any child age 15 or younger in the presence of a U.S. Consular Officer.  If one parent is unable to come to the interview, please contact the American Citizen Services unit by e-mail at reykjavikconsular@state.gov for further information.  

For Your Child’s Social Security Card

1.    Complete and print an Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS. Your child’s Social Security Card will be mailed directly to the address you list on this application form. Do not sign the form until you are in front of the Consular Officer at the time of your interview! Please type the information onto the online form and then print it out, vice printing it out and hand writing in the data.

Make An Appointment

Once you have all of the required documents ready, please book an appointment. Please do not come to your appointment without filling out the documents first. Our waiting room is extremely small and we do not have the space for you to fill out your documents here!

The U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik accepts appointments every Wednesday for CRBA services.  To book an appointment please click here - BOOK AN APPOINTMENT.

Once approved, the Consular Report of Birth Abroad and U.S. Passport take approximately two weeks to be returned to the Embassy. We will mail them directly to you at the address you provided on your application via the Icelandic mail system. If you wish to pick up the documents instead, please let us know when you apply.

Your child’s social security card will be processed through the Federal Benefits Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway. Approximately one month after your appointment, you can email them directly to receive the number. Their email address is fbu.oslo@ssa.gov. The card itself will be mailed separately to the address you listed on the application.

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