Birth

We are pleased to confirm that Embassy London has resumed all U.S. passport and CRBA services, including those requiring in-person appointments. Due to reduced staffing, the Consulates in Belfast and Edinburgh are offering emergency services only.

When booking the appointment, please ensure that you select ‘Report the birth abroad of a child of a U.S. citizen and/or apply for the child’s first passport.’ Failure to book the correct type of appointment may result in the need to reschedule and therefore cause delays.

Please be aware that appointment availability is extremely limited. If no appointments are available when you first check the online calendar, please keep checking the calendar for newly released appointments and daily cancelations.

Keep reading for further instructions.

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.

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.