Consular Report of Birth Abroad after age 18
Children born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent(s) may have a claim to U.S. citizenship. If the child is under age 18, U.S. citizen parents, eligible to transmit citizenship to their children are required to file for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). Eligible applicants 18 years or older, are no longer eligible to receive a CRBA certificate, but they may be able to document their U.S. citizenship through a U.S. passport.
To apply for U.S. citizenship after the age of 18, the U.S. citizen parent must be the applicant’s biological parent and must have acquired U.S. citizenship prior to the applicant’s birth. The U.S. citizen parent must also meet the requirements of physical presence in the U.S. Applicants born in Honduras must appear at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras or the Consular Agency in San Pedro Sula for an in-person interview.
If based on this information, you believe you have a claim to U.S. citizenship, please follow the instructions provided below. On the day of your interview, you must submit the required forms and original documentation. Failure to follow the instructions may result in delays in processing your application. Please carefully review the information below to avoid multiple trips to the Embassy.
How to Apply for U.S Citizenship
Step 1. Fill out and print your application form for first time passport using the online Passport Wizard. The Passport Wizard will automatically direct you to the appropriate application form (DS-11). When the Passport Wizard directs you to the “Next Steps” page, simply click “Create Form” at the bottom and print out the form it generates. DO NOT SIGN THE APPLICATION FORM YET. Please enter 000-00-0000 for SSN on the passport application form. You will need to apply for a social security number when you receive your U.S. passport.
Step 2. Fill out form DS- 2029 which must be filled out online and printed. Please make sure you correctly fill out Items 24/25 – Time Spent in the United States. The U.S. Citizen parent must list actual periods of physical presence in the United States prior to the applicant’s birth in exact detail; starting from the U.S. citizen parent’s time of birth in the U.S. or initial trip to the U.S. up until the child’s date of birth. (Immigration status is irrelevant). You may not count vacation trips abroad, schooling in foreign countries, or any other brief absences outside the U.S. as physical presence in the United States. Failure to correctly fill out Items 24/25 will result in delays in processing your application.
Please review the necessary documents for the application below.
You will need all of the following:
- The child’s original Honduran birth certificate and two photocopies. This document is issued at the Registro Nacional de las Personas (RNP). The original must be presented at the time of the interview.
- The child’s original birth registration record, or certified copy of “folio” and one photocopy. This document can be obtained at the RNP.
- Applicant’s ID (Honduran ID, passport) and one photocopy.
- A photo of your child (photo requirements).
- Parent(s) Passports: The American Citizen parent must present his/her original U.S. passport and one photocopy. Non-U.S. citizen parents must present his/her original passport or original Honduran ID card and one photocopy.
- Proof of Parents’ Marriage
- You need to bring your original marriage certificate and a copy. Translation is not necessary for Honduran marriage records. If the marriage certificate is in another language, English translation is necessary.
- Children born out of Wedlock: Detailed information and requirements for children born out of wedlock can be found here.
- Proof of Termination of All Prior Marriages of Parents (Divorce Decrees/Death Certificates)
- If you have prior marriages, we need to see proof of how those marriages ended. Please bring the original and one copy of each document. A translation is needed if the certificate is not in English.
- Evidence of Biological Parentage.
- In order to transmit citizenship to your child, you must prove the blood relationship between yourself and the child for whom you are applying. Acceptable evidence of a blood relationship can include parents’ previous passports (U.S. or Honduran); Honduran Immigration Movement or U.S. CBP entry/exit record; pre-natal and post-natal photos that include the mother, father, and child; pre-natal medical records; and ultrasounds, vaccination cards, and pre-natal check card.
- Evidence of U.S. Citizen Parent’s Physical Presence in the U.S.
- If only one parent is a U.S. citizen at the time of the child’s birth, the U.S. citizen parent can transmit U.S. citizenship to the child if he/she was a U.S. citizen when the child was born and if he/she can prove that he/she has been physically present in the U.S. for five years (two of which were after age 14) before the child was born. Acceptable evidence of physical presence can include proof of registration in U.S. public or private schools (such as transcripts), court records, military records, U.S. employment and income records, medical records, W2 forms with SSA statement or other similar documents. University degrees/diplomas will not be accepted — proof of registration or transcripts are required.
- If both parents are U.S. citizens at the time of the child’s birth, one parent must prove that they have resided in the U.S. prior to the birth of the child. If the parent was born outside of the United States, the parent must provide evidence of residence, e.g. proof of registration in U.S. public or private schools (such as transcripts), court records, military records, U.S. employment and income records, medical records, W2 forms with SSA statement or other similar documents.
Step 3. Scan all your documents in a PDF file with the name of the applicant and request your appointment. To schedule an appointment at U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras or Consular Agency in San Pedro Sula, please send an email with the PDF file attached to email@example.com. The subject line on the e-mail should be “ADULTCRBA – APPLICANT’S SURNAME, GIVEN NAME”.
Step 4. Attend your scheduled in-person interview with your original documents and copies. Original documents will be returned to you after review. The applicant must be present at the time of application. Generally, both parents attend the interview.
Step 5. You must pay the passport fee during the day of the interview.
Embassy in Tegucigalpa: Payment must be made in US dollars or its equivalent in lempiras. We accept credit or debit cards that allow payment in dollars. Credit cards will only be accepted if the card holder is present.
Consular Agency in San Pedro Sula: Cash payment in lempiras only: 4,043.00 HNL (exact change). We accept credit or debit cards that allow payment in dollars. Credit cards will only be accepted if the card holder is present.
Passport Fee: 165.00 USD or 4,043.00 HNL
Step 6. You will receive an e-mail confirmation once your documents have arrived at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa. Passports are returned via Cargo Expresso or can be picked up in person in Tegucigalpa. Courier company charges a fee for the service on delivery.
- The processing time for passports is approximately 4-6 weeks once the applications is approved.
- You must arrive at least 15 minutes early.