FAQs-Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) and Birth Certificates

A: As U.S. citizen parent(s), you should report your child’s birth abroad as soon as possible to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for an official record called Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  A Consular Report of Birth can only be prepared at a U.S. embassy or consulate.  It cannot be prepared if the child is 18 years of age or older at the time the application is made.  This document establishes your child’s claim to U.S. citizenship at birth.  Please refer to our CRBA page for detailed information.

If at least one parent is a Korean national and your child can obtain a Korean citizenship, you have up to 30 days to report the child’s birth to your local district ward office.  If your child is not a dual citizen of Korea and USA, you have up to 90 days to report the birth to the Korean Immigration Office for visa purposes. Please note that these rules are subject to change without notice; please check with the relevant office directly for the most up-to-date information.

A: Unfortunately, we cannot preview your documents or provide you with an answer before the actual interview.   As individual circumstances differ, please bring all of the necessary documents requested on our website and that you have available to the interview.  The interviewing officer will determine whether the submitted documents are sufficient or not.  If the interviewing officer requests additional documents, you will be able to send them in via email or one of our courier (Ilyang) services, depending on the case.

A: Upon receipt of a completed application, processing generally takes less than two weeks for a CRBA application submitted in Seoul.  However, if you are applying for both CRBA and U.S. passport, the average combined processing time is three weeks.

A: The embassy office does not keep Consular Report of Birth Abroad records and forwards all documentation to the Department of State.  Please refer to the Department of State website for information about how to replace a Consular Report of Birth Abroad.

 

A: The embassy office does not keep Consular Report of Birth Abroad records and forwards all documentation to the Department of State.  Please refer to the Department of State website for information about how to replace a Consular Report of Birth Abroad.

A: Although applications for a report of birth (CRBA) must be made before the child’s 18th birthday, we strongly recommend that parents apply for CRBA as soon as possible after the birth of the child.  If neither parents are Korean citizens, Korean Immigration requires to register your child as a U.S. citizen within 90 days of his/her birth.  If at least one biological parent is a Korean citizen, the child needs to be reported to the Korean government within 30 days of birth.  Please visit the local gu-chong (ward office) for more information.