Eligibility for a CRBA

If you are the U.S. citizen parent of a child born outside of the United States and would like to document your child’s U.S. citizenship, please send the following documents to ACSKigali@state.gov to request an appointment:

  1. Completed but unsigned DS-2029 Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  2. Your child’s birth certificate
  3. Your marriage certificate (if applicable)
  4. Completed DS-11 Application for a U.S. Passport using the online Passport Wizard.
  5. Evidence of the U.S. citizen parent’s acquisition of U.S. citizenship (copy of the U.S. birth certificate or U.S. certificate of naturalization/citizenship)

After the Consular Section pre-screens these documents for completion, you will receive an appointment notice. Please see below for lists of additional documents you will be required to bring to your interview.

A Consular Report of Birth Abroad is a formal document certifying the acquisition of U.S. citizenship at birth by a person born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent(s).  In other words, it is proof of U.S. citizenship.  Please note that a CRBA application can only be processed in the American Citizen Services Unit in the country where the child was born while the child is under age 18.

The fee for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad is $100 USD, payable in U.S. dollars (issued during or after 2013 only, due to Rwandan banking regulations), Rwandan Francs, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners, and debit cards bearing the Visa or MasterCard logo.  Your card will be charged in U.S. dollars.

Once the CRBA is approved, it should arrive within two to four weeks at the Embassy in Kigali.  While you will be able to apply for a passport at the same time as the CRBA, passports also take approximately two weeks to arrive.  Please take this into consideration when planning for travel.

Please note the child must be present at the time of application in the Consular Section.  To expedite processing of your case, we recommend that you arrive with a completed, but unsigned, Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad (DS-2029), and all requested supporting documentation.

A Consular officer determines the eligibility of U.S. citizen parents to “transmit” citizenship to the child in accordance with the United States Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  Please answer the questions below to see information on applying for a CRBA in a family situation similar to your own.  The information presented here is a general guideline; a Consular Officer may request additional information or documentation when you apply, depending on the specific circumstances of your case.