Transmitting Citizenship

  1. Adoption
  2. Birth
  3. Eligibility for a CRBA
  4. Transmitting Citizenship

If the transmission requirements have been met, the following documentation is required for a CRBA application.

  • The applicant (child) and at least one parent, preferably the U.S. citizen parent, must be present at the U.S. Embassy.
  • Completed (but not signed) CRBA application (Form DS-2029 PDF 63KB) — all questions must be answered; to assist, please see information to the right of this page regarding physical presence in the United States.
  • If the U.S. citizen parent is not able to attend the appointment, they must complete the Affidavit of Parentage, Physical Presence and Support (PDF 287 KB), have it notarized by a Public Notary in the U.S. or U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad.
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Parents’ registered marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Evidence of termination of any previous marriages (if applicable)
  • U.S. citizen parent(s)’ evidence of U.S. citizenship (U.S. passport or naturalization certificate)
  • U.S. citizen parent’s documentary evidence of physical presence in the United States prior to the child’s birth
  • Applicable fee

Once you have completed all appropriate application forms and gathered all required supporting documentation, you will need to schedule an appointment at American Citizen Services for an interview. At the time of the interview, you will sign the application in the presence of a U.S. Consular Officer.

Parents are encouraged to apply for their child’s first U.S. Passport at the same time as applying for their CRBA.

If the U.S. citizen parent does not meet the transmission requirements and the child is under 18 years of age, the child may be eligible for expeditious naturalization under the Child Citizenship Act 2000 – refer to the Other Paths to Citizenship.