Birth

Due to the impact of COVID-19 and associated national restrictions, the U.S. Embassy in London and the Consulates in Belfast and Edinburgh are offering emergency appointments only for passport and citizenship services that require an in-person appearance.

Please see our website at https://uk.usembassy.gov/america411 for more information, including how to request an emergency appointment if your child has urgent need of travel.

A child born outside the United States to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may be eligible for U.S. citizenship if the parent(s) meets the requirements for transmitting U.S. citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act.  U.S. citizens eligible to transmit citizenship should apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).

A CRBA application should be made before the child’s 18th birthday, and we recommend that you apply for your child’s CRBA and first U.S. passport well in advance of any prospective travel to the United States.

A CRBA is not a travel document  We recommended that you submit an application for your child’s U.S. passport and social security number at the same time.  All three applications may be submitted together at your scheduled appointment.  Even if your child holds another nationality, he or she must enter and exit the United States on a U.S. passport.

Note: Many countries have passport validity requirements. Before traveling we recommend you visit the Department of State Before You Go webpage to ensure that yours and your child’s passport is valid for travel to all countries you will visit.

Important guidance for attending an appointment

You will go through airport-style security screening. Due to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), everyone should wear a face mask if they are aged 11 or over. You can choose to buy a mask or make your own. Click here for information about how to make a face covering (sew and no-sew tutorials are available).

You must not bring laptops or bags above cabin-baggage size to your appointment as they not are permitted into the building and there are no storage facilities available. To save time, we recommend that you keep the number of small bags and belongings that you bring with you to a minimum.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, please reply to your appointment email to reschedule your appointment. If you have recently entered the UK and you are subject to mandatory quarantine, your appointment should take place after the 14 day quarantine period. If you need to travel in an emergency, please click here to find out how to contact us to discuss your circumstances.