A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is a formal document certifying the acquisition of United States citizenship at birth for a person born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents who meet the requirements for transmitting citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). United States non-citizen nationals are also eligible for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, using the non-citizen option.
CRBA applications must be made before the child’s 18th birthday. We recommend that parents apply for the CRBA as soon as possible after the child’s birth.
We accept Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) applications electronically ONLY. This new streamlined process allows U.S. citizen parents to complete a CRBA application online, upload all required documents, and submit payment prior to the mandatory in-person interview.
To apply, your child must have been born abroad (outside the U.S. or its outlying possessions) and your child must accompany you to the U.S. Embassy, Seoul for the in-person interview.
If you answer yes to all of the questions below, you MUST complete a CRBA online (eCRBA):
- Was the child born in Korea?
- Is the child under the age of 18?
- Was at least one parent a U.S. citizen or U.S. non-citizen national when the child was born?
- Are you a biological parent of a child born abroad who is applying for that child?
If any of the above statements do not apply to you, please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org with the reason for eCRBA Ineligibility.
How to Apply
Step 1. To apply for a CRBA online, you need to create a MyTravelGov account or sign-in to your existing account. MyTravelGov is a secured, encrypted portal that you can use to start an eCRBA application or access an existing eCRBA application.
Step 2. Once you sign in or create a MyTravelGov account you can access eCRBA and submit your application online. The easy-to-use online process provides applicants with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application. You may review the necessary documents for the CRBA application in advance by reviewing the checklist.
Step 3. Once you complete the online application and submit payment, you will then be directed to schedule your appointment at the U.S. Embassy, Seoul. You MUST schedule your appointment a minimum of 5 working days after the date of submission to allow payment processing to be completed. If your payment hasn’t cleared before your interview, you may be denied service until payment has processed. We do not accept walk-ins.
Step 4. Attend your scheduled in-person interview: You MUST bring all original documents to your appointment. Original documents will be returned to you after verification. You must provide English translations for all foreign language documents. Please note that both parents and the child must come in person to the appointment.
Note: All domestic air passengers in the Republic of Korea MUST have valid identification to board a plane, even newborn babies. If you plan to travel to Seoul from Jeju Island by plane to register your child’s birth and your child does not have a passport, other government identification, or a Korean civil document (Family Relations Certificate), we can communicate directly with Korean authorities on your behalf. You must email email@example.com at least three business days before departure and write “MOLIT Letter Request” in the subject line of your email. Please also include the following information:
- Flight Itinerary (in pdf or jpg format )
- Name, DOB, and location of birth of your child
- Photocopies of both parents’ passports
- Date/time of your CRBA appointment