Birth

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

If your child has a potential claim to U.S. citizenship, it will be necessary for the U.S. citizen parent(s) to submit an application for a “Consular Report of Birth Abroad” before a consular officer.  U.S. citizens may transmit citizenship to their children born abroad, but the transmission requirements vary depending on when the child was born and the marital status of the U.S. citizen parent(s).

The application (Form DS-2029) must be submitted before the child’s 18th birthday. Only the child’s parent(s), legal guardian, or the child may apply on the child’s behalf. We encourage parents to document their child’s citizenship as soon as possible after the birth.

Please note, a CRBA is not a travel document and does not take the place of a passport for travel purposes. If your child is eligible for a CRBA, you may wish to apply for a passport at the same time for an additional fee.

The process for scheduling an appointment for a CRBA is outlined below.  Once the necessary steps are completed, we ask that you send us an email attaching the required documents in order to schedule an appointment.  Please pay careful attention to the instructions below!

If you have any questions about documents or the process, please send an email to crbacasablanca@state.gov or you can call us at +212 (0)522 64-20-99 between 2:00pm and 4:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Child born in wedlock to two U.S. citizens

A child born outside of the United States or its outlying possessions to two U.S. citizen parents, in wedlock, is entitled to citizenship, provided one of the parents had, prior to the birth of the child, been resident in the United States or one of its outlying possessions. (No specific period of time is required.)  NOTE:  A child born to two U.S. citizens, out of wedlock should refer to number 3 or 4 below (whichever favorably applies)

Child born in wedlock to one U.S. citizen parent and one non U.S. citizen parent (on or after November 14, 1986)

A child born outside of the United States to one U.S. citizen parent and one non-U.S. citizen parent may be entitled to citizenship provided the U.S. citizen parent had been physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for five years, at least two years of which were after s/he reached the age of fourteen.

Child born out of wedlock to a U.S. Citizen mother

For Children Born Before June 12, 2017: 

A child born outside of the United States and out of wedlock to a U.S. citizen mother may be entitled to U.S. citizenship provided the U.S. Citizen mother had been physically present in the United States for a continuous period of at least one year (365 days) at some time prior to the birth of the child. (NOTE: Periods spent overseas with the U.S. government/military or as a government/military dependent, are NOT considered as physical presence in the U.S. for transmission under this category).

For Children Born On or After June 12, 2017: 

A child born outside of the United States and out of wedlock to a U.S. citizen mother may be entitled to U.S. citizenship provided the U.S. citizen mother had been physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for five years, at least two years of which were after she reached the age of fourteen prior to the birth of the child.

Child born out of wedlock to a U.S. Citizen father

A child born outside of the United States and out of wedlock to a U.S. citizen father may be entitled to U.S. citizenship provided the U.S. citizen father had been physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for five years, at least two years of which were after he reached the age of fourteen prior to the birth of the child.  In addition the U.S. citizen father must acknowledge paternity and agree under oath and in writing at the interview to provide financial support for the child until s/he reaches the age of 18 years.

Prior to requesting an appointment you must:

  • Download, print, and complete the CRBA Checklist.  Please review the individual items carefully and check them off as you complete them.
  • Complete a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Form DS-2029. Do not sign.  Please click here for an example of a correctly completed DS-2029
  • Gather supporting evidence (see below list of Additional Required Documents), which may be found on the CRBA Checklist.  As you complete the items on the checklist, please check the corresponding box.
  • If you would like to apply for your child’s first U.S. passport at the time of the CRBA appointment, you must also complete a passport application, Form DS-11. Do not sign.  Once the above steps have been completed, please send an email to CRBACasablanca@state.gov with the subject line: “Request for CRBA appointment – [NAME OF YOUR CHILD].”  Please include a scanned copy of the DS-2029 and completed CRBA Checklist with your appointment request.  Appointments will not be granted without these scanned and completed documents.Note: Each child requiring a CRBA will need a separate appointment, though you may send all the information and documentation in one email. The child must be physically present at the appointment.Additional Required Documents:

 

  • One (1) original Moroccan birth certificate in French from the city hall (Commune Urbaine) of the child’s place of birth. This document must be requested within one month of the child’s date of birth;
  • Hospital records documenting the birth, prenatal records documenting doctor’s visits during the pregnancy, sonograms;
  • Moroccan Family book, if applicable.
  • Photocopies of the U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by a U.S. Consulate/Embassy to your previous child(ren), if applicable.If the U.S. parent will not be present at the appointment, the following are required from him/her:
  1. Copies of all the pages of the U.S. passport and clear copies of all pages of any and all passports in his/her possession.
  2. If applying for a U.S. passport together with the CRBA, you must have a Statement of Consent, Form DS-3053, notarized by a notary public in the U.S., or by a U.S. Consular Officer at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas.

We advise that both parents should be present at the appointment.  However, we recognize that it may not be possible in all cases.

If one custodial parent is not able to attend, s/he must submit a notarized Form DS-3053 Statement of Consent. At the time the DS-3053 form is presented, a copy of the same identity document used to notarize the form must also be provided.

Alternatively, the applying parent may furnish one of the following documents:

  •  Complete court order granting the applying parent sole legal custody of the child, such as a divorce decree or other custody order
  •  Complete court order specifically permitting the applying parent to apply for the child’s passport (photocopy is acceptable)
  •  Certified copy of the child’s birth certificate listing the applying parent as the only parent
  •  Certified copy of an adoption decree listing the applying parent as the only parent
  •  Certified copy of the judicial declaration of incompetence of the parent that cannot appear in person
  • Certified copy of the death certificate of the deceased parent

If the parents were not married at the time of the child’s birth and the U.S. citizen father is not able to attend the appointment, page3 of the DS-2029 form must be completed, signed and notarized, and should be presented along with a copy of the same identity document used to notarize the form.

We advise that both parents should be present at the appointment.  However, we recognize that it may not be possible in all cases.

If one custodial parent is not able to attend, s/he must submit a notarized Form DS-3053 Statement of Consent. At the time the DS-3053 form is presented, a copy of the same identity document used to notarize the form must also be provided.

Alternatively, the applying parent may furnish one of the following documents:

  •  Complete court order granting the applying parent sole legal custody of the child, such as a divorce decree or other custody order
  •  Complete court order specifically permitting the applying parent to apply for the child’s passport (photocopy is acceptable)
  •  Certified copy of the child’s birth certificate listing the applying parent as the only parent
  •  Certified copy of an adoption decree listing the applying parent as the only parent
  •  Certified copy of the judicial declaration of incompetence of the parent that cannot appear in person
  • Certified copy of the death certificate of the deceased parent

If the parents were not married at the time of the child’s birth and the U.S. citizen father is not able to attend the appointment, page3 of the DS-2029 form must be completed, signed and notarized, and should be presented along with a copy of the same identity document used to notarize the form.

 

Approved Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and U.S. passports are usually ready for pick up two weeks following the final adjudication. Both parents do not have to appear to pick up the CRBA. If parents are unable to come to the U.S. Consulate, they may wish to provide a third party with a notarized consent form, giving them permission to pick up the CRBA on their behalf.

To replace or amend a CRBA, please visit the following link