Birth of an American Citizen Abroad
If you are a U.S. citizen and the parent of a child born in Uruguay, you will need to document your child’s U.S. citizenship with a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). This document is used in the United States like a certified copy of a birth certificate, and it is acceptable evidence of citizenship for obtaining a passport and entering school. You should register your child as soon as possible after the birth.
Steps to follow in order to apply for a CRBA:
- Complete form DS-2029 "Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad".
- Make an appointment online.
- Both parents must attend the appointment with the child.
- Submit the required documentary evidence of the parents’ citizenship and prior physical presence in the United States:
- The child’s Uruguayan birth certificate showing both parents names.
- Proof of citizenship of the U.S. citizen parent(s). Your current passport is the preferred form of proof. Your U.S. birth certificate or naturalization certificate is also acceptable.
- If you are married, we need to see proof. If you have prior marriages, we need to see proof of how those marriages ended.
Once we confirm that the child has acquired U.S. citizenship, we will prepare a Consular Report of Birth Abroad. The average time for processing a CRBA is approximately 10 working days from the time of the application.
The fee for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad is $100 USD, payable in U.S. dollars, Uruguayan pesos or by international credit card.
Passport and Social Security
You can apply for a first passport and Social Security number for your newborn child during the same appointment as your CRBA appointment.
If you would like to apply for a passport and Social Security number for the child:
- Complete form DS-11"Passport Application", bring a 5X5 cm. passport photo of the child and $105 USD to pay for the passport processing fee for a minor.
- Complete form SS-5 "Application for a Social Security Card"
- Uruguayan Civil Registry authorities require that the child be registered with the Civil Registry within 10 days of the child’s birth.
- Delays in registering the child’s birth will complicate the process for doing so and consequently delay the process for obtaining U.S. citizenship.