Birth

As of January 1, 2020, routine consular services were suspended at U.S. Embassy Baghdad. The U.S. government urges U.S. citizens to not travel to Iraq. Click here to view the current Travel Advisory for Iraq.

Routine American Citizen Services are available only at U.S. Consulate General Erbil. For further information about consular services in Erbil or to schedule an appointment, please click here.

Children born to U.S. citizen parent(s) outside the United States:

A child born abroad who had at least one parent who was a U.S. citizen at the time of the child’s birth may have a claim to U.S. citizenship. Click here to read about the legal requirements for parent(s) to transmit citizenship to their child.

If you believe that your child has a claim to U.S. Citizenship, then the parents will need to appear in person before a consular officer to submit an application for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), which is an official record that documents that the child was a U.S. citizen at birth.

We recommend that you report the birth of your child as soon as possible after birth. It is not normally possible to issue a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) for a child who is over the age of 18, but the child may still be documented as a U.S. citizen and issued a passport from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General. If you believe that you have a claim to U.S. Citizenship, please contact American Citizen Services at BaghdadACS@state.gov or ErbilACS@state.gov with a detailed description of your claim.

Please familiarize yourself with the CRBA application requirements and local procedures below prior to scheduling an appointment.

Steps to Apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad

  1. Gather Documents. You will need to bring these documents and copies of each document to your appointment. All non-English documents must have an English translation done by a certified translator.
    • Application for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (DS-2029, download PDF 64 KB). Fill it out but do not sign it.
    • Payment for nonrefundable, $100 application fee. Cash or credit card in U.S. dollars. Fee for copies is $1 per page.
    • Child’s original birth certificate showing the names(s) of the parent(s) that was issued and certified by a governmental issuing authority. A hospital birth record is not acceptable.
    • Photo IDs for both parents. This may be a passport, driver’s license, or government-issued ID. IDs for both parents are required even if one parent is not attending the appointment.
    • Proof of U.S. citizenship for the transmitting parent(s). For a list of acceptable documents, click here. Examples include U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or U.S. birth certificate.
    • If married, the original marriage certificate for the parents.
    • Evidence of physical presence in the United States. If only one parent is a U.S. citizen, then they need to show documentation that they were physically present in the United States for a minimum period of five years, at least two of which were after the age of 14. Click here for a list of examples of documentation of physical presence.
  2. Schedule an Appointment at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil through the online appointment system. You will receive an e-mail confirmation.
  3. At the Appointment, both parents and the child must come to the Consulate. You will go through security screening and check-in with the ACS unit, who will take your documents for the consular officer to review. You will pay the nonrefundable $100 application and any photocopy fees ($1 per page) to the cashier.
  4. Interview with the consular officer, who will check your documents, ask you to take an oath and then sign the CRBA application. You will be asked questions to determine if the parent(s) can transmit citizenship to their child at birth. If the CRBA is approved, then the parent(s) may obtain a U.S. passport and social security number for the child.

If the CRBA is not approved, you will be asked to provide missing documentary evidence, or you will be told that the child did not qualify for U.S. citizenship at birth. If the parent(s) cannot transmit citizenship to the child at birth, they may still be able to petition for the child through the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services. See the USCIS website for more information.