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 are required to file for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).
The CRBA application must be made before the child’s 18th birthday, and we strongly recommend that parents apply for the CRBA as soon as possible after the child’s birth.
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.