Citizenship Services

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Documentation of United States Citizens Born Abroad Who Acquire Citizenship at Birth

The birth of a child abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s) should be reported as soon as possible to the nearest American consular office for the purpose of establishing an official record of the child’s claim to U.S. citizenship at birth.  The official record is in the form of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America.  This document, referred to as the Consular Report of Birth (FS-240) is considered a basic United States citizenship document.  An original Consular Report of Birth Abroad is furnished to the parent(s) at the time the registration is approved.

The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows certain foreign-born, biological and adopted children of American citizens to acquire American citizenship.  These children did not acquire American citizenship at birth, but they qualify for citizenship when they enter the United States as lawful permanent residents (LPRs).

Claiming U.S. Citizenship

If you are over 18 years of age, and if you were born abroad to a U.S. Citizen parent who did not declare your birth at a U.S. embassy or consulate, you may have a claim to U.S. citizenship.

This service is available by appointment only at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kigali.

Prior to your appointment, you will need to collect the following original documents, as well as a photocopy of each original document.

Checklist of required original documents and one photocopy to bring to your appointment:

  1. Your identification or passport;
  2. Your birth certificate;
  3. Your parents’ marriage certificate;
  4. If you were born out of wedlock, your father’s affidavit of parentage (not applicable if your father is deceased);
  5. Your U.S. parent’s U.S. passport or notarized true copy of U.S. passport;
  6. Your U.S. parent’s precise list of physical presence in the U.S. prior to your birth aboard;
  7. Evidence of your U.S. parent’s physical presence in the U.S. such as:  high school and university transcripts, military honorable discharge showing dates of service, Social Security Earning Statement, IRS W-2 forms, employers letters or certificates, salary slips, bank records (checking account statements), credit card statements, previous passports with stamps, etc.;
  8. Complete online and print Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport, please do not sign this document;
  9. Use our online system to schedule an appointment.

 

Appointments for Renunciation of Citizenship in Kigali

Please see the State Department web page on Renunciation of Citizenship.

As renunciation can be a complicated process, please send an email to consularkigali@state.gov to schedule an appointment and receive renunciation documents.

Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview.  Attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant is subject to the following parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application(s):

  • Given space limitations in the consular section, not more than one attendee at a time will be allowed to accompany an applicant (or the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is a minor).
  • Attendance by an attorney does not excuse the applicant and/or the minor applicant’s parent or guardian from attending the appointment interview in person.
  • The manner in which a passport or CRBA appointment interview is conducted, and the scope and nature of the inquiry, shall at all times be at the discretion of the consular officer, following applicable Departmental guidance.
  • It is expected that attorneys will provide their clients with relevant legal advice prior to, rather than at, the appointment interview, and will advise their clients prior to the appointment interview that the client will participate in the appointment interview with minimal assistance.
  • Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.
  • Attendees other than a parent or guardian accompanying a minor child may not answer a consular officer’s question on behalf or in lieu of an applicant, nor may they summarize, correct, or attempt to clarify an applicant’s response, or interrupt or interfere with an applicant’s responses to a consular officer’s questions.
  • To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.
  • The consular officer has sole discretion to determine the appropriate language(s) for communication with the applicant, based on the facility of both officer and applicant and the manner and form that best facilitate communication between the consular officer and the applicant.  Attendees may not demand that communications take place in a particular language solely for the benefit of the attendee.  Nor may attendees object to or insist on the participation of an interpreter in the appointment interview, to the qualifications of any interpreter, or to the manner or substance of any translation.
  • No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.
  • Attendees may not object to a consular officer’s question on any ground (including that the attendee regards the question to be inappropriate, irrelevant, or adversarial), or instruct the applicant not to answer a consular officer’s question.  Attendees may not interfere in any manner with the consular officer’s ability to conduct all inquiries and fact-finding necessary to exercise his or her responsibilities to adjudicate the application.
  • During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.
  • Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.
  • Attendees may not engage in any other conduct that materially disrupts the appointment interview.  For example, they may not yell at or otherwise attempt to intimidate or abuse a consular officer or staff, and they may not engage in any conduct that threatens U.S. national security or the security of the embassy or its personnel.  Attendees must follow all security policies of the Department of State and the U.S. embassy or consulate where the appointment interview takes place.

Attendees may not engage in any conduct that violates this policy and/or otherwise materially disrupts the appointment interview.  Failure to observe these parameters will result in a warning to the attendee and, if ignored, the attendee may be asked to leave the appointment interview and/or the premises, as appropriate.  It would then be the applicant’s choice whether to continue the appointment interview without the attendee present, subject to the consular officer’s discretion to terminate the appointment interview.  The safety and privacy of all applicants awaiting consular services, as well as of consular and embassy personnel, is of paramount consideration.