Can my child travel to the United States on a foreign passport?
If your child has a claim to U.S. citizenship, s/he is required to enter and depart the United States on a valid U.S. passport. S/he should not enter the United States on a foreign passport with a visa, or visa free under the Visa Waiver Program.
How do I report the birth of my child in the United Kingdom and obtain a U.S. passport?
What is a Consular Report of Birth Abroad?
A Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Form FS-240, is official evidence of U.S. citizenship issued to a person under the age of 18 who was born abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s) and acquired citizenship at birth.
Can I report the birth of my child at any time?
The birth should be reported to us as soon as possible after the child is born and before his or her first trip to the United States. Persons over the age of 18 are not eligible for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
If I cannot transmit citizenship to my child, is there any way that s/he may become a U.S. citizen?
How can I obtain a U.S. passport for my adopted child?
My child has both British and U.S. citizenship. At what age must s/he choose which citizenship s/he wants to keep?
U.S. citizenship is for life. No child has to do anything at any age to retain, choose, affirm, or confirm American citizenship.
Can my child be included on my passport?
No. All children, including babies, must have their own passport.
Is my child required to attend the Embassy when applying for a passport?
Yes. All children under the age of 18 are required to appear in person for all passport services. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by both parents. An appointment will be required; please see the instructions for your specific passport service for more information.
Do passport applications for children under the age of 16 require the consent of both parents?
What if only one parent can appear at the Embassy with the child?
The whereabouts of the child's other parent is unknown.
Each case is different and will be assessed by one of our consular officers. We recommend that you provide as much documentation as possible showing that you have made a “good faith effort” to contact your child’s parent through all available channels (family members, mutual friends, last known employer, divorce lawyer/solicitor, etc). It may be necessary for you to obtain a court order giving you sole custody or permission to apply for a U.S. passport for the child without the other parent’s consent.
Should my child sign his/her own passport?
Children aged 14 and over may sign their own passports. For children under the age of 14, a parent should sign. In the space provided for the signature, the mother or father must print the child’s name and sign his/her own name. Then, in parentheses, by the parent’s name, write the word (mother) or (father) so we know who signed for the child.
When only one parent is accompanying the child to the U.S. is it necessary to carry a letter of consent from the other parent? If my child is traveling with a friend or relative, do they need written consent?
Because of increasing instances of child abduction in custody cases, and a growing number of children who are the victims of trafficking or pornography, an immigration officer, airline, or travel company may ask you to provide some form of letter of consent if your child is traveling internationally with only one parent or with another adult, such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc. For a sample authorization letter, please click here (PDF – 57 Kb).
How can I prevent a U.S. passport from being issued to my child?
If you are a resident of the United Kingdom and fear that your U.S. citizen child might be taken abroad by the other parent without the mutual consent of both parents, the child’s name can be entered into the U.S. Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP). The CPIAP is a service for the parents and legal guardians of minor children. It enables the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues to notify a parent or legal guardian, when requested, before a U.S. passport is issued to that parent or legal guardian’s child. The parent, legal guardian, legal representative, or the court of competent jurisdiction must submit a written request for entry of a child’s name into the program, as well as supporting documents.