Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA)
General information about applying for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad is located on the Embassy’s website: https://ec.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/child-family-matters/consular-report-birth-abroad-crba/
Answer: CRBA or passport services for the child’s sibling(s)
A separate appointment is required for each child that is applying for a service, so please choose a date on which there are sufficient appointments. The appointments can be in the same time slot if available. Please contact the embassy or consulate if you are unable to schedule passport or CRBA services for all of your minor children on the same day:
During the earliest appointment, tell the consular officer that you are applying for services for multiple children. The applications will be processed at the same time if possible.
Answer: Passport services for the child’s parent(s)
If your own passport service requires an in-person appearance, you will need to book a separate appointment in your own name.
In general, to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), you must:
- Fill out the appropriate application form;
- Provide supporting documents;
- Provide a photo;
- Pay the appropriate application fee; and
- Schedule an appointment.
Step-by-step application instructions, including information about applications forms, fee payment, photograph requirements, required supporting documents and how to submit your application are provided on the Embassy website: https://ec.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/child-family-matters/consular-report-birth-abroad-crba/
The U.S. Mission in Ecuador now accepts CRBA applications electronically (eCRBA). Please review the following link for detailed information and to determine if you can apply using eCRBA: https://ec.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/child-family-matters/consular-report-birth-abroad-crba/
Some consular sections may have additional processes to schedule a CRBA appointment. Each applicant requiring a service at the Embassy must have a separate appointment. Please contact the embassy or consulate if you are unable to schedule passport or CRBA services for all of your minor children on the same day:
If you believe that your child has a claim to U.S. citizenship you may apply for a CRBA and first U.S. passport in Ecuador . After your child’s appointment in Ecuador , we will forward the CRBA application to the Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over your child’s birthplace. Therefore, processing will take longer than normal. You will be advised further during the appointment.
Additional information on CRBA eligibility is available at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/while-abroad/birth-abroad.html
The Embassy does not keep copies of CRBA certificates on file. However, you may apply for a copy of a CRBA certificate through the Department of State in the United States.
Please visit https://travel.state.gov and go to “How to Replace or Amend a Consular Report of Birth Abroad”
Children born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent may have a claim to U.S. citizenship. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is a certificate that serves as official evidence of U.S. citizenship issued to a child under the age of 18 who was born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent(s). It documents that the child acquired U.S. citizenship at birth.
Information about transmission requirements and application instructions are provided on the following website: https://ec.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/child-family-matters/consular-report-birth-abroad-crba/
We do not provide routine status updates for applications within the standard processing timeframe (regular passport renewals take 35 to 40 business days / CRBAs and 1st time passports related to CRBAs take 10 to 15 business days after the CRBA has been approved). If you/your child submitted an application for a Passport and/or Consular Report of Birth Abroad and it has been more than the standard processing time, you may contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at:
If no appointment is available when you first check, please check the calendar periodically for any newly released appointments.
Appointments are released periodically. The appointment calendar operates in real time so will show any available appointments, including appointments available due to cancellations. Appointments will not be released on a specific date or time so please regularly check the calendar for availability.
It is not necessary to obtain a CRBA if you have an urgent need to travel or if it is more convenient, you may apply for a passport in lieu of a CRBA.
Step-by-step application instructions, including information about applications forms, fee payment, photograph requirements, required supporting documents and how to submit your application are provided on the Embassy website at: https://ec.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/
In the United States, you may apply at any passport acceptance agency. Consult the State Department website: https://iafdb.travel.state.gov to find the passport acceptance agency closest to you.
The U.S. Embassy in Quito and the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil can only provide this service if you never had a Social Security number and are:
- U.S. Citizen
- Over 12 years old
To begin the process please send an e-mail to the location where you would like to apply:
If you are trying to request a SSN for someone that is 12 years old or younger, as well as all other inquiries and requests, you need to contact Regional Federal Benefits Office at Santo Domingo: https://do.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/services-we-provide-2/ .
General information on SSA services for people living outside the United States can be found at https://www.ssa.gov/foreign/index.html