Birth

As U.S. citizen parent(s), you should report your child’s birth abroad as soon as possible to the U.S. Embassy to establish an official record of the child’s claim to U.S. citizenship at birth. The official record will be the Consular Report of Birth Abroad. Starting April 1, 2019, all appointments for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA) applications at U.S. Embassy Kampala will be made through an email appointment scheduling system in order to provide better service to our clients.  You are no longer able to schedule a CRBA appointment online. The new system will reduce the wait time and help families prepare for the citizenship appointment at the Embassy. Please follow the instruction below.

CRBA Appointment Instructions

To request a citizenship appointment, please follow these instructions:

  1. Print the CRBA checklist.
  2. Gather all required documents, including the required application forms.
  3. Send the following to the U.S. Embassy at KampalaCRBA@state.gov :
  • a scanned copy of all documents and completed forms
  • a photocopy of the bio-page of each parent’s passport or other identification
  • the signed CRBA checklist
  • your personal e-mail address
  • a phone number where you can be reached.

Please be advised that we will schedule an appointment for you AFTER receiving your COMPLETE application. If you cannot attend an appointment at the scheduled time, please let us know as soon as possible. If you are only able to come to the Embassy during a certain time frame, please provide us with your specific days of availability. Note that CRBA appointments currently take place on Mondays only.

Citizenship appointments are in high demand and appointments can be rescheduled for emergencies only on a case by case basis. If your situation is not considered an emergency, you will need to proceed with the appointment given to you.

Applicants who fail to show up for their scheduled appointments must start the appointment request process from the beginning.

  1. Once your emailed packet is received, our staff will email you a list of items you are missing, if needed. Once all items have been received, we will email the date and time of your citizenship appointment.
  2. The child/applicant must be present at the interview. Both parents are strongly encouraged to accompany the child.
  3. Please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time.  Your appointment time is not the same as your interview time.  Interview times depend on the number of applicants who appear for their appointments as well as the length of processing time for each case.
  4. Please bring photos (if also processing a passport), originals of all required documents, I.D, and all application fees with you on the day of your appointment! 
  5. Please come prepared!   If your application is incomplete on the day of your appointment, you may be asked to schedule a new appointment.  This will require that you start the appointment request process from the beginning.

CRBA applications must be made before the child’s 18th birthday, and it is recommended that the parents apply for the CRBA as soon as possible after the child’s birth. For applicants older than age 18 who have never been issued a CRBA, please refer to Possible Derivative Claim to U.S. Citizenship.

CRBAs can only be adjudicated in the country in which a child was born.  If your child was born in another country we can accept the application and forward it to be adjudicated by the U.S. Embassy in the country of the child’s birth.

Each child requires his/her own appointment. Please remember that the child must be present on the day of the appointment.

Please make sure to complete the checklist prior to your scheduled appointment to avoid getting turned away at the embassy due to missing documentation.