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.
To apply, your child must have been born in Ghana and you must travel to Accra for the in-person interview.
To be eligible to apply for a CRBA online, you MUST answer all the following criteria with YES.
- Was the child born in Ghana?
- 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?
- Can you use an internationally accepted credit/debit card or a direct payment method from a U.S. dollar denominated bank account (also known as “ACH”) to pay online for your Consular Report of Birth Abroad application?
- 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, you MUST apply by completing a paper application (DS-2029).
How to Apply
You can now apply for a CRBA electronically! This new online feature allows U.S. citizen parents to complete a CRBA application online, upload all required documents, and submit payment prior to the in-person interview.
- To apply for a CRBA online, you need to create a MyTravelGov account. MyTravelGov is a secured, encrypted portal. Watch this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVgRyLQd3jA&t=4s) to learn more about creating your account.
- Once you have created 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. The necessary documents for the CRBA application are:
Valid ID for mother
Valid ID for father
Proof of U.S. citizenship for at least one parent – passport of naturalization certificate)
Child applicant’s birth certificate
Parents’ marriage certificate (if married)
Proof the U.S. citizen parent was physically present in the United States for five years before the birth of the child. The best evidence of this is the Social Security Statement available here: https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/statement.html. Taxes, school transcripts, and other documents may also be submitted.
Proof of maternity: prenatal care records, dated ultrasound pictures, pregnancy photos, hospital birth records, etc.
Proof of paternity: evidence of parents’ relationship prior to the child’s birth, photos, correspondence, passport stamps showing visits, etc. Proof father was with the mother when she became pregnant – passport stamps or airline tickets.
- Once you complete the online application and submit payment, you will then be directed to schedule your appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Accra. Please schedule your appointment at least 72 hours after payment submission. This provides time for your payment to be processed prior to your CRBA interview. Please Note: Do NOT make another (or duplicate) payment for a CRBA ($100) at the Embassy.
- Attend your scheduled in-person interview with your original documents and their photocopies (single-sided). Original documents will be returned to you after reviewing your application. The child must be present at the time of application. Generally, both parents also attend the interview.
We are here to help!
- For questions or concerns please contact ACSAccra@state.gov.
Other Important Information
Note: If you prefer to submit a paper-based application, please follow post procedures available here.
Passport applications and Social Security Card applications must be completed and submitted separately.