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Form FS 240 is an important embassy issued vital record that proves the right to US citizenship if the child of a citizen or resident is born overseas. The FS 240 form is commonly referred to as a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).
A CRBA is an essential tool to certifying citizenship for your child if you register a birth abroad. This ensures the rights to United States citizenship for your newborn even if they do not have a US registered birth certificate and will allow them to obtain privileges such as:
Form FS 240 replaced the formerly administered governmental forms FS 545 and DS 1350 as of 2011. These were previously issued by the State Department to foreign-born children whose parents were US citizens or residents.
Read on to find out more about how CRBAs are issued and how they can be obtained and how to replace your document if yours has been lost or stolen.
If you are a US citizen or non-citizen national and have recently had a child whilst living abroad, you will need to visit your nearest US embassy or consulate, in order to secure a Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
All consulates and embassies around the world are able to provide this service. There is no maximum age that children can register for an FS 240 but parents are recommended to take this step as soon as possible after the birth has been registered in the foreign territory.
The only restriction to getting a CRBA is whether the parents have or had a right to US residency or held citizenship at the time of the child’s birth. In order to register for form FS 240, you must complete either:
In addition to the completed form you will also need to provide:
The application must then be submitted to the local consulate or embassy in the overseas territory. Once approved, the document will be signed and notarized by a consular officer, notary public, or another individual who is able to administer oaths.
If you need to replace or amend a CRBA you must be an eligible applicant. In order to fit the criteria to do this you must be either:
To request a replacement as an eligible candidate, you will need to pay a fee and submit a form of photo ID. You will also provide a notarized written request containing the following information:
Once these 3 items are gathered, they must then be mailed to the following address:
U.S. Department of State Passport Vital Records Section 44132 Mercure Cir. PO Box 1213 Sterling, VA 20166-1213