About Consular Reports of Birth Abroad
The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is an official record confirming that a child born abroad acquired U.S. citizenship at birth and serves as proof of citizenship. The birth should be reported to the Embassy or Consulate where the birth occurred as soon as possible. You may also apply for a passport at the same time as the CRBA, though it is not required. See list of required documents, below.
Who Can Apply at the U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam
The U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam can only issue a CRBA for a child born within their consular district: Tanzania. We may accept CRBA applications for children born outside of Tanzania and forward them to the appropriate Embassy or Consulate for processing.
How to Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and use the subject line “CRBA APPOINTMENT”
We are now using the Electronic Consular Report of Birth Abroad (eCRBA). You can find more information about eCRBA here.
Who Must Attend the Interview
The child and at least one parent must be physically present at the U.S. Embassy to apply for a CRBA. If one parent is unable to attend, he or she should provide a DS-3053 to authorize issuance of a passport to the child, as well as a DS-5507 stating physical presence in the U.S. (see forms section below).
It takes 3-4 weeks for a CRBA to be processed and be available for pickup for children born within the consular district. For children born outside of the consular district, the process can be significantly longer.
U.S. Citizenship Transmission Requirements
You must bring all of the below documents to your child’s interview appointment.
CRBA checklist. Click here (PDF 210kb) for the checklist. Complete it to ensure you are fully prepared.
The fee for a CRBA is $100 or the equivalent in Tanzania Shillings.
The fee for a minor child’s passport is $135 or the equivalent in Tanzanian Shillings. You may pay in cash or by credit card. If you choose to pay in cash, we ask that you bring exact change. More information about passport fees may be found at Travel.State.Gov.
Additional Paths to Citizenship for Children of U.S. Citizen Parents
If the U.S. citizen parent does not meet INA transmission requirements, but the child has a U.S. citizen grandparent who does have the requisite physical presence, the child may be eligible for Expeditious Naturalization under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000. Through this procedure, a child under 18 years of age can become a U.S. citizen via naturalization without having to take up residence in the United States beforehand. However, Expeditious Naturalization cannot be executed at the U.S. Embassy; the child must travel to the United States and would require a Non-Immigrant Visa for this purpose. An N600 application (and supporting documentation) must be filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) before the child applies for his/her U.S. visa. Additionally, there may be other paths to U.S. citizenship for your child. You may find more information at USCIS.gov or visit the nonimmigrant visa and immigrant visa webpages for more information.
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