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October 11, 2023

Report of Birth Abroad Services

A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is a formal document certifying the acquisition of United States citizenship at birth for a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents who meet the requirements for transmitting citizenship   under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  

CRBA applications must be done before the child’s 18th birthday.  We recommend that the parents apply for the CRBA as soon as possible after the child’s birth.

Note: Applicants must have a Login.gov account to access eCRBA services on the MyTravelGov portal. Instructions for creating a Login.gov account are available at MyTravel.state.gov. If you already have an eCRBA application in progress, use the same email address previously used to access the MyTravelGov website to create an account. This ensures a streamlined linkage between your existing profile and the new authentication system.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply, your child must have been born in Luxembourg and you must travel to the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg for the in-person interview.

To be eligible to apply for a CRBA online, you MUST answer all the following criteria with YES.

  1. Was the child born in Luxembourg?
  2. Is the child under the age of 18?
  3. Was at least one parent a U.S. citizen or U.S. non-citizen national when the child was born?
  4. Can you use an internationally accepted credit card or a U.S. dollar bank account to pay online for your Consular Report of Birth Abroad application?
  5. Are you a biological parent of a child born abroad who is applying for that child?

If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you MUST apply by completing a paper application (DS-2029).


How to Apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad

You can now apply for a CRBA electronically at U.S. Embassy Luxembourg!  This new online feature allows U.S. citizen parents to complete a CRBA application online, upload all required documents, and submit payment prior to the in-person interview.


Step 1. Create a MyTravelGov account or sign-in to your existing account. MyTravelGov is a secure, encrypted portal that you can use to start an eCRBA application or access an existing eCRBA application.

Step 2. Once you sign in or create a MyTravelGov account you can access eCRBA and submit your application online. The easy-to-use online process provides applicants with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application. You may review the necessary documents for the eCRBA application in advance by reviewing this checklist.

Step 3. Pay online. eCRBA requires payment using the U.S. government’s official payment site pay.gov , a secure online payment system used by many U.S. government agencies.  Pay.gov accepts payment in U.S. dollars from a credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover) or U.S. bank account.  If you are unable to pay online, you may make a payment on the day of your appointment.  If you use Pay.gov, do NOT make another (or duplicate) payment for a CRBA ($100) at the Embassy.

Step 4. Schedule your appointment. To schedule an appointment at U.S. Embassy Luxembourg, please send an email to LuxembourgConsular@state.gov. The subject line on the e-mail should be “CRBA – CHILD’S SURNAME, Given Name”. Please schedule your appointment at least 3 working days after payment submission. This provides time for your payment to be processed prior to your interview.

Step 5. Attend your scheduled in-person interview with your original documents, matching those scanned into the eCRBA portal.  Original documents will be returned to you after review.  The child must be present at the time of application.  Generally, both parents attend the interview.

Step 6.  During your CRBA appointment, you may also apply for your child’s first passport  .  The payment for a passport should be done at U.S. Embassy.  Both parents/guardians must authorize the issuance of the child’s passport. If one parent/guardian cannot attend the interview with the child, they must show parental consent by completing Form DS-3053 “Statement of Consent.”  

Step 7.  If you prefer to have your child’s CRBA and new passport returned to you via mail, you must include a pre-paid self-addressed envelope. CRBAs and Passports can only be mailed to addresses within Luxembourg. If you do not have an address in Luxembourg, you will need to return to the Embassy to pick up your documents.  A popular option is the ReadyToPost pre-paid padded envelope (large 229x324mm or 229x353mm) from the Luxembourg Post, with a FollowMe tracking label.  Important: The Embassy declines any responsibility for the delivery of passports by registered mail.

Step 8.  You will receive an e-mail confirmation once your documents have arrived at the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg.  If you reside in Luxembourg and if you provided a pre-paid self-addressed envelope during the interview, they will be delivered to you via mail.  If you did not provide an envelope with the proper stamps, you must pick up your documents at the Embassy.

Step 9.  If you wish to apply for your child’s social security number (SSN) outside of the United States, we will prepare an SSN package together with your child’s CRBA and new passport which you need to send to the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) located in Dublin, Ireland directly.

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Other Important Information

  • If you do not qualify to use the eCRBA, please bring completed paper form DS-2029.  Your DS-2029 form should be completed electronically. Fill in the form as completely as possible, including all dates parent(s) was physically present in the United States during their lifetime. You will find more details on the procedure on our website. The application must be brought to your appointment. Do not sign the application. Print all applications and documents single sided. They can be printed on A4 or U.S. letter paper.  Please email us the DS-2029 when you request an appointment by sending an email at Luxembourgconsular@state.gov with subject line “CRBA – DS 2029 – CHILD’S SURNAME, Given Name”.