Children born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent may have a claim to U.S. citizenship. To have a claim to U.S. citizenship, the child must be born to at least one U.S. citizen parent who meets the requirements to transmit citizenship to the child under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is a formal document certifying that these requirements have been met and that the child acquired U.S. citizenship at birth.
When you have all the required documents ready (i.e., all completed forms and supporting documentation) you must book an appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen where you will present the completed application and conduct a short interview in support of your child’s application for a CRBA and U.S. passport.
There are various circumstances under which a child born abroad acquires U.S. citizenship at birth. The following are general guidelines and do not cover the full range of factual circumstances that could determine whether a child acquired U.S. citizenship at birth. More detailed information is available on travel.state.gov.
The online eCRBA portal allows U.S. citizen parents to complete a CRBA application online, upload all required documents, and submit payment prior to the in-person interview. Completing the application online will expedite the processing of your child’s CRBA application.
* Commonly submitted documents include school and university transcripts, medical records, military records, employment records, and tax returns.
After you complete the online application and submit payment, you will be directed to schedule your appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen. Schedule your appointment at least 72 hours after you pay online, this provides time for your payment to be processed prior to your child’s CRBA interview.
Important Notes Regarding eCRBA and U.S. Passport
The CRBA fee is $100. As noted above, this fee should be paid online at least 72 hours before your appointment date. The passport fee is $135 for an applicant under the age of 16. If the applicant is 16 years old or older the fee is $165. The passport fee should be paid at the U.S. Embassy at the time of your appointment.
Any application fees paid at the time of your appointment must be paid by cash (DKK or U.S. dollars) or by credit card. The card holder must be present to sign the payment authorization receipt.
You must provide a pre-paid self-addressed envelope if you want your new citizenship documents mailed back to you. IMPORTANT MAILING INSTRUCTIONS: Please purchase a pre-paid mailing label on the Post-Nord website. Please select “Rek & Value Traceable” and pay 96 DKK for mail within Denmark. For mail to Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Sweden please select the appropriate country from the drop-down menu, then select “Rek & Value Traceable” and pay 132 DKK. Retain your tracking number. We are unable to mail to any other locations. Please do NOT use postage stamps on your envelope.
Alternatively, you can pick-up the CRBA and U.S. passport in person after the CRBA and passport have been produced in the United States and mailed to the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen. You will receive a notice by email when the documents have arrived.
Obtaining a copy of a previously issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad
Consular Reports of Birth Abroad are sent to the National Archives in the United States, and not kept at the Embassy/Consulate General. To request additional copies, or a replacement copy, of a previously issued CRBA, you must contact the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC at the following address:
U.S. Department of State
Passport Vital Records Section
44132 Mercure Circle
Sterling, VA 20166-1213
For more information on how to request copies of a previously issued CRBA, please see Documentation of U.S. Citizens Born Abroad on the U.S. State Department website.