Transmitting Citizenship

  1. Eligibility for a CRBA
  2. Transmitting Citizenship

Completing the Form DS-2029

The form should be downloaded and printed on white A4 or letter-size paper.

Please complete every section on the application form either in type or by writing in block letters and black ink. This information is mandatory. Do not sign the form until requested by a consular officer.

Items 5 & 11 – Full Name: Please complete this item with your names as they appear on the passports or government photo identification.

Items  22/23 – Physical Presence: Please record the actual dates (include month, day, year) when the parent was physically present in the United States. These dates should correspond with the arrival and departure stamps to and from the United States in the parent’s passport. Any travel outside the United States, including vacations and short visits abroad, should be listed on the form. If this section of the application is missing or incomplete, it will delay processing. Start with your birth, if you were born in the United States or your first entry to the United States and list all periods of physical presence in the United States leading up to the present. Maintaining a residence in the United States does not constitute physical presence. If you need additional space, you may attach a separate sheet.

Please note: If the U.S. citizen parent cannot clearly demonstrate the required 5 years of physical presence then the application cannot be approved and any associated passport application will be denied. In such cases, applicants are not eligible for a refund.  Applicants are strongly urged to review their own history of physical presence in the United States before applying.

Section B:  This section will be completed during the interview if the U.S. citizen parent is present.

Item 28 – This section only requires completion if the child was born out of wedlock and the father is the transmitting U.S. citizen.

If the U.S. citizen parent cannot attend the interview, he or she must sign Item 29 (and Item 28 if applicable) in front a U.S. notary or Consular Officer abroad.  The original must be presented at the interview.

Transmission of U.S. citizenship depends on:

  1. At least one parent having the nationality of the United States at the time of the child’s birth;
  2. The existence of a blood relationship between the child and U.S. citizen parent(s). If the biological relationship is in question, the applicant may be referred for a DNA test at the applicant’s expense;
  3. Documentary evidence demonstrating the U.S. citizen parent had 5 years of physical presence in the United States prior to the child’s birth.

Examples of Documentation

Some examples of documentary evidence which may be considered to demonstrate that physical presence requirements have been met may include (but are not limited to):

  • Wage and tax statements (W-2)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Employment records
  • Rental receipts
  • Records of honorable U.S. military service, employment with U.S. Government or certain intergovernmental international organizations; or as a dependent, unmarried child and member of the household of a parent in such service or employment (except where indicated).
  • U.S. passport stamps may be considered a part of the evidence submitted, but should not be the sole documentary evidence. Drivers’ licenses do notconstitute evidence of physical presence.

If you have other children who have been issued with a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, this may be considered as supplemental evidence