Birth

Interviews for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad are conducted by appointment only. Read the information below for instructions on scheduling an appointment.

Parents of a newborn American child should apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) at the Consular section as soon as possible after the birth. The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240) is primary proof of American citizenship issued to a person under age 18 who was born abroad to American parent(s). More detailed information on acquisition of U.S. citizenship by a child born abroad.

The child must be present with his/her parents at the time of application at the Consular Section. An American parent must complete the Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad DS-2029, and should bring the required documents listed below.

CRBA applications require a thorough review of submitted documents and an interview by a consular officer.  At the time of the interview, a consular officer may request more documents or a DNA test.

Application Requirements:

All documentation, including the Bahraini birth certificate, must be un-laminated originals and should be in the English language or professionally translated. 

  • The fee for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad is $100 or the equivalent in Bahraini Dinars. Please be sure to complete all forms and do not sign until you take the oath in front of the consular officer.
  • Original copy of child’s Bahraini Birth Certificate from the Bahraini Ministry of Health, stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Evidence of American citizenship of the parent(s);
    (i.e., U.S. passports, Naturalization Certificate, or U.S. birth certificates)
  • Both parents’ photo identification;
    (i.e., passports or photo identification issued by a government authority)
  • Parents’ official marriage certificate;
    (Religious marriage records are not acceptable)
  • If either parent has previously been married, proof of termination of the previous marriage(s), (i.e., death certificate, divorce decree, etc.)

If both parents are U.S. citizens:

  • If both parents are U.S. citizens and married at the time of the child’s birth, then no extra paperwork apart from the application form is initially required. However, the consular officer may request additional information during the interview.

If only one parent is a U.S. citizen:

  • The U.S. citizen must complete an Affidavit of Parentage, Physical Presence, and Support.
  • If the parents are married at the time of the child’s birth, he or she must show proof of five years’ physical presence in the U.S. (two of which are after the parent’s 14th birthday).
  • If the U.S. citizen parent is an un-wed father, then he must sign a sworn statement that he will provide child support until the child reaches the age of 18; he must also show proof of five years’ physical presence in the U.S. (two of which are after his 14th birthday).
  • A child born abroad to an un-wed U.S. citizen mother can obtain citizenship if the mother has been physically present in the U.S. prior to the birth of the child for a minimum of one continuous year.

What counts as proof of physical presence in the United States?

It is the responsibility of the U.S. citizen parent to supply adequate evidence of physical presence.  Evidence may include official school transcripts, credit card statements showing purchases made in the United States, W-2 forms for periods of employment, medical records, and other documentation.  However, please note that the consular officer will determine if the evidence is acceptable and may request further evidence upon review of the documents.

To schedule an appointment to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, e-mail all required documents and a scanned copy of the DS-2029 to ManamaCRBA@state.gov.  A consular representative will ensure your documentation is complete and will contact you to schedule an interview at the U.S. Embassy.

Social Security applications

If you reside in Bahrain and have questions regarding services provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you must contact the SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) located at Embassy Rome.  For more information on their services and how to contact them, please visit their webpage at: https://it.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/fbu/ 

For comprehensive information on SSA’s services abroad, please visit SSA’s webpage Service Around the World.

If you are already receiving SSA benefits payments, there will be no change in the method of distribution of those payments.

 

THIRD PARTY ATTENDANCE AT PASSPORT AND CRBA APPOINTMENT INTERVIEWS

Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview.  Attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant is subject to the following parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application(s):

o   Given space limitations in the consular section, not more than one attendee at a time will be allowed to accompany an applicant (or the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is a minor).

o   Attendance by an attorney does not excuse the applicant and/or the minor applicant’s parent or guardian from attending the appointment interview in person.

o   The manner in which a passport or CRBA appointment interview is conducted, and the scope and nature of the inquiry, shall at all times be at the discretion of the consular officer, following applicable Departmental guidance.

o   It is expected that attorneys will provide their clients with relevant legal advice prior to, rather than at, the appointment interview, and will advise their clients prior to the appointment interview that the client will participate in the appointment interview with minimal assistance.

o   Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.

o   Attendees other than a parent or guardian accompanying a minor child may not answer a consular officer’s question on behalf or in lieu of an applicant, nor may they summarize, correct, or attempt to clarify an applicant’s response, or interrupt or interfere with an applicant’s responses to a consular officer’s questions.

o   To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.

o   The consular officer has sole discretion to determine the appropriate language(s) for communication with the applicant, based on the facility of both officer and applicant and the manner and form that best facilitate communication between the consular officer and the applicant.  Attendees may not demand that communications take place in a particular language solely for the benefit of the attendee.  Nor may attendees object to or insist on the participation of an interpreter in the appointment interview, to the qualifications of any interpreter, or to the manner or substance of any translation.

o   No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.

o   Attendees may not object to a consular officer’s question on any ground (including that the attendee regards the question to be inappropriate, irrelevant, or adversarial), or instruct the applicant not to answer a consular officer’s question.  Attendees may not interfere in any manner with the consular officer’s ability to conduct all inquiries and fact-finding necessary to exercise his or her responsibilities to adjudicate the application.

o   During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.

o   Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.

o   Attendees may not engage in any other conduct that materially disrupts the appointment interview.  For example, they may not yell at or otherwise attempt to intimidate or abuse a consular officer or staff, and they may not engage in any conduct that threatens U.S. national security or the security of the embassy or its personnel.  Attendees must follow all security policies of the Department of State and the U.S. embassy or consulate where the appointment interview takes place.

Attendees may not engage in any conduct that violates this policy and/or otherwise materially disrupts the appointment interview.  Failure to observe these parameters will result in a warning to the attendee and, if ignored, the attendee may be asked to leave the appointment interview and/or the premises, as appropriate.  It would then be the applicant’s choice whether to continue the appointment interview without the attendee present, subject to the consular officer’s discretion to terminate the appointment interview.  The safety and privacy of all applicants awaiting consular services, as well as of consular and embassy personnel, is of paramount consideration.