Eligibility for a CRBA

Steps to Apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad in Cairo

Effective May 1, 2018

A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (commonly referred to as CRBA) is a document issued by the U.S. Embassy reflecting the birth abroad of a child who acquired U.S. citizenship birth through U.S. parent(s). It is acceptable as proof of U.S. citizenship for all legal purposes.

Applying for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and first-time passport at the Embassy in Cairo includes three steps:

  1. Document Submission: Please note that the response time for application requests is up to 5 business days, or longer in the case of multiple children.
  2. Review: Once we have reviewed your application, we will email you your appointment day and time. If your application is missing any information, we will let you know.
  3. Appointment: Come to the Embassy, the child and parent(s) must appear at the appointed day and time with all of their application forms and required original documents, photocopies of original documents, as well as any additional documents requested by consular staff.  CRBA appointments will be scheduled Monday and Wednesday mornings, with no exceptions. Applicants without an appointment confirmation email from CRBAcairo@state.gov will not be permitted entry.

The process for scheduling an appointment for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad includes completion of a checklist followed by completion of Form DS-2029.  Once completed, send an email attaching the checklist, Form DS-2029 and the documents identified on page 1 of the checklist to us in order to schedule an appointment. Please pay careful attention to the instructions below!

How to schedule a CRBA appointment: Prior to requesting an appointment at CRBAcairo@state.gov, you must:

  • Download, print, and complete the CRBA Checklist. Please review the individual items carefully and check them off as you complete them.
  • Complete the Application for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), Form DS-2029. Do not sign.
  • Gather supporting evidence (marriage certificate, birth certificate, physical presence documents, etc.), which may be found at the CRBA Checklist.  As you complete the items on the checklist, please check the corresponding box.
  • Complete a passport application, Form DS-11. Do not sign. Application for a U.S. Passport, Form DS-11.

Note: Each child requiring a CRBA will need a separate appointment and a separate CRBA Checklist, though you may send all the information and documentation in one email.

In addition, take note of the following points:

  • If your child qualifies for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, you may also apply for a passport for him/her.
  • Only one parent and the child need to come to the Embassy to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad. However, if you are also applying for a passport for your child, the child must be present and both parents must either appear or provide notarized consent for the passport’s issuance. Please click [Sample Parental Consent PDF] for an example of a correctly completed parental consent DS-3053.


Once the above steps have been completed, please send an email to CRBAcairo@state.gov with the subject line: “Request for CRBA appointment – [NAME OF YOUR CHILD].” Please include a scanned copy of the completed CRBA Checklist, DS-2029 form and the documents identified on page 1 of the CRBA Checklist with your appointment request.  Appointments will not be granted without these scanned and completed documents.