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December 21, 2023

Electronic Consular Report of Birth Abroad (eCRBA) Application Procedure 

 

Overview:

Applicants can submit a paper DS-2029 application, OR electronically through eCRBA, an online solution accessible on a desktop/laptop, mobile phone, or a tablet. Using eCRBA is faster, more efficient, and allows for multiple steps to be completed through the same platform. Additionally, applicants can check the status of their application, submit secure correspondence, as well as view and manage messages. Please visit eCRBA FAQs (PDF-371KB) for more information.

 

Apply for eCRBA at My Travel State Gov

  1.     Register for an account at MyTravel.state.gov, and/or sign in.

 

  1.    Qualify for eCBRA by answering Yes/No ‘Establish Eligibility’ questions. If you qualify, you will be able to continue to the eCRBA application. (You can also click on available links to learn more about the questions or an alternative option if not qualified for online application.)

 

 

  1.   The online application will ask you to upload all required documents, all of which need to be presented on the day of the interview in original form. It is recommended to have these ready while filling out the application. The required documents may include but are not limited to:
    1. Evidence of birth (typically, the original local birth certificate for the child)
    2. Proof of U.S. nationality for the transmitting parent(s) (typically, a U.S. passport or birth certificate)
    3. Parents’ IDs
    4. Documentary evidence of parents’ marriage(s) (may include marriage, divorce or death certificate)
    5. Financials Support and/or Legal Relationship (for children born out-of-wedlock or court ordered support)
    6. A scanned and notarized Form DS-5507 (for children born out-of-wedlock)
    7. Proof of U.S. presence (e.g. bank, employment, school or tax records, rent receipts, etc.)

 

  1.   Begin filling out the online application. On the left side of the screen, you will see the steps of the application process. As you proceed through the steps, you will be able to navigate around the application and see your progress. You may go back to previous sections, attach files, and edit as needed.

5.     Once the application is complete, you can pay for CRBA service via Pay.gov using a credit card or bank account on the Pay & Submit Application page.

    1. At this point, you will need to certify a list of declarations.
    2. You will also see ‘Your CRBA Fee’ which is related to the number of CRBA applications which are submitted.
    3. Once all is reviewed, click the ‘Pay’ button to submit the CRBA application for review. (Pay.gov accepts MasterCard, Visa, AMEX, and Discover. Customers paying with a U.S. bank account will need to provide routing and account numbers.)

 

  1.   Schedule an appointmentfor your CRBA Interview. After payment, you will be directed to a Confirmed Submission page where you can click to schedule an appointment through the ACS Appointment System. Please allow 72 hours between payment submission and CRBA interview appointment time to allow time for the payment to be processed.

 

Reminder: You must bring all original documents and your child to the interview: 

  • Original Cameroonian birth certificate.
  • The child must be present.
  • Evidence of relationship between the two parents, i.e., marriage certificate, photos, etc.  If parents are not married, documentation such as email correspondence and photos, for example, may be required.
  • Original or certified true copy of the original photo identification of each parent such as national I.D. card, passport, driver’s license, or Certificate of Naturalization.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship of transmitting parent such as U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization, etc.
  • Additional supporting documents may be required to establish 5-year physical presence in the U.S. prior to the birth of the child such as current and past passports (or scanned color photocopies of all passport pages, notarized), military enlistment records, school transcripts, criminal records, tax returns, car registration, telephone, and utility bills, etc.
  • Evidence of payment of CRBA fee of $100 USD.  (This does not include the passport fee.)
  • Your application may be rejected, and you may need to schedule another appointment if all required documents are not available.