Reports of Birth Abroad
Important: CRBA applications are done by appointment only. Please bring your appointment confirmation sheet and arrive at the embassy 10 minutes before your appointment time. Make an appointment through our website at: https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=KLL&appcode=1
Most children born to American citizens abroad acquire U.S. citizenship at birth. While the requirements can seem complicated (see "Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship by a Child Born Abroad"), the American Citizen Services Unit will help you work through the complexities to ensure your child is properly documented.
To document your child's U.S. citizenship, his or her birth should be registered at the Embassy as soon after birth as possible. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) (Form FS-240) will be issued to serve as proof of citizenship. The CRBA can be used similarly to a U.S. birth certificate, e.g., to apply for a passport, enter school, gain employment.
To apply for a CRBA, both parents must bring the child to the Embassy.
Parents will need to submit the following forms and documents when applying for a CRBA:
- DS-2029 "Application for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad". (Do not sign until directed by the consular officer.)
- SS-5FS (PDF - 163kb)"Application for Social Security Card".
- "Affidavit of Parentage and Physical Presence" (PDF - 417kb). (Complete only if requested.)
- Child's original Malaysian birth certificate.
- The parents' passports.
- The parents' marriage certificate and evidence of termination of any previous marriages.
- Other documents related to the birth such as hospital records, records of pre-natal care, etc.
- Evidence of the citizen parent's physical presence in the United States from his/her birth until the birth of the child. This applies only if only one parent is U.S. citizen. See below for additional information physical presence requirements. (Examples of documentation oh physical presence are school report cards or transcripts, employment records, income tax returns, W-2 forms, social security earnings statements, pay receipts, and passport entry/exit stamps.)
- The fee $100.00 or the equivalent in Malaysian ringgit. (Fees may be paid in Malaysian Ringgit, USD or by credit card.)
Documents presented should be originals or certified copies. Any documents not in English must be accompanied by certified translations.
We recommend that parents apply for their child's U.S. passport at the same time they apply for the CRBA. See "Passport Services" for further information.
Social Security Cards
We will send the SS-5FS Social Security Card application form to the Social Security Administration. A social security card will be sent directly to you at the address listed on the form.
Additional Copies of CRBA
The Embassy cannot provide replacement or additional copies of the CRBA, but you may obtain them from the Department of State in Washington, DC. See here for instructions.
Physical presence is the actual time when the parent was physically within the borders of the United States. This means that any travel outside the United States, including vacation, should be excluded. Maintaining a residence in the U.S. does not constitute physical presence. You may submit tax returns, wage statements (W2s), school transcripts, utility bills, rental/lease agreements, etc. as evidence of your physical presence in the United States. If you submit W-2s as evidence of physical presence, please also submit a letter from the employer stating your period of stay in the U.S. If a parent is a naturalized U.S. citizen, previous Chinese passports can be used as evidence of physical presence.
Note: Any periods of time spent overseas with the United States Military/Government or qualifying international organization (such as the United Nations) may be computed as physical presence in the United States for transmission of citizenship purposes. Time spent as a dependent of such person may also be computed as physical presence. Military records or other proof may be requested. Children born abroad to U.S. citizen parents may have a claim to U.S. citizenship. The following is a brief description of the various circumstances under which a child born abroad acquires American citizenship.
Child born to wedlock to two U.S. citizens:
A child born outside of the United States or its outlying possessions to two U.S. citizen parents is entitled to citizenship, provided one of the parents had, prior to the birth of the child, been a resident in the United States or one of its outlying possessions. No specific period of time is required.
Child born in wedlock to one U.S. citizen parent and one non U.S. citizen parent on or after November 14, 1986:
A child born outside of the United States to one U.S. citizen parent may be entitled to citizenship, providing the U.S. citizen parent had been physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for five years, at least two years of which were after s/he reached the age of fourteen. This period of physical presence must have taken place prior to the birth of the child.
Child born in wedlock to one U.S. citizen parent and one non-U.S. Citizen parent between December 24, 1952 and November 13, 1986:
A child born outside of the United States to one U.S. Citizen parent and one non-U.S. Citizen parent may be entitled to citizenship providing the U.S. Citizen parent had, prior to the birth of the child, been physically present in the United States for a period of ten years, at least five years of which were after s/he reached the age of fourteen.
Child born out of wedlock to a U.S. Citizen mother :
A child born outside of the United States and out of wedlock to a U.S. Citizen mother is entitled to U.S. citizenship, provided the U.S. Citizen mother had been physically present in the United States for a continuous period of at least one year at some time prior to the birth of her child. (NOTE: The U.S. citizen mother must have lived CONTINUOUSLY for 1 year IN THE UNITED STATES OR ITS OUTLYING POSSESSIONS. Periods spent overseas with the U.S. government/military or as a government/military dependent, may not be computed as physical presence in the U.S.).
Child born out of wedlock to a U.S. Citizen father:
A child born outside of the United States to an U.S. Citizen father where there is no marriage to the non-American mother is entitled to U.S. Citizenship providing the American father had been physically present in the United States for the period of time specified in previous paragraphs for children born in wedlock to one U.S. Citizen and one non-U.S. Citizen parent, either before or after November 14, 1986; and
- The father signs a sworn statement agreeing to provide financial support for the child until s/he reaches the age of 18 years.
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