One can become a U.S. Citizen through a variety of means—birth in the United States, birth abroad to a U.S. citizen parent, or through the naturalization process. For all of these, a specific series of legal requirements must be met. At the U.S. Embassy Vienna, we can provide certification of U.S. citizenship for eligible individuals born abroad to U.S. citizen parents.
For more information, please click on the appropriate service below:
- Appointments for renunciations can be booked only via telephone, please call Vienna number: 313 39 7546
- Applicant must call her/himself. Costs are currently USD 2.350,-
Claims to U.S. Citizenship (over age 18)
If you are over the age of 18, were born to a U.S. citizen parent or parents, and believe that you have a claim to U.S. citizenship, please review this website for more information on U.S. nationality law. If, after reviewing it, you still believe you have a claim to citizenship, arrange for a personal appointment at the U.S. Embassy through the sidebar on the right hand side of this page.
As U.S. citizen parent(s), you should report your child’s birth abroad as soon as possible to the U.S. Consulate 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, Form FS-240 which is a basic United States citizenship document.
Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)
A Consular Report of Birth (CRBA) is evidence of United States citizenship, issued to 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 made before the child’s 18th birthday, and we recommend 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. Anyone who has a claim to U.S. citizenship must be in posession of a valid U.S passport to enter and exit the United States, even if they have citizenship of another country, as well.
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Please visit our appointment page in order to schedule a date for your child’s CRBA application. CRBA applications require considerable preparation and documentation, so please carefully review the following instructions.
Please come prepared and have all three forms completed!
List of requirements for minors to receive a passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)
At the time of your appointment (at the U.S. Consulate at Parkring 12a, 1010 Vienna [Hotel Marriott building]), please bring with you:
- Your child and both parents
- Please complete form [pdf/12kb]
- For children under age 12 the Social Security Number must be applied for directly with the appropriate Federal Benefits Unit in Frankfurt, Germany (https://at.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security).
- Completed “Application for a Consular Report of Birth” (Form DS-2029 [pdf/103kb]) – Do Not Sign!
- Completed Form SS-5 (pdf/57kb) “Application for a Social Security Card” – signed by the U.S. citizen parent
- For Passport issuance please see: Application for Passports for Applicants under age 16)
- Child’s Austrian birth certificate (International version). Provide birth certificate with official seal and signature.
- IMPORTANT INFO: For the Austrian birth registration at the Austrian Registrar’s Office “Standesamt” the parents need to provide their birth certificates and marriage certificate (if applicable) authenticated with an ”Apostille”
- Parents’ U.S./Alien passports
- Parents’ marriage certificate (Civil records)
- Proof of termination of any previous marriages (Death or divorce certificates)
- If applicable, Austrian affidavit of paternity (Vaterschaftserklärung)
- One photo, see photo instructions. Please use photos only from a special photographer.
- If only one parent is a U.S. citizen, that parent’s proof of 5 years physical presence in the U.S., two of which were after the age of 14 (employment records, school transcripts, tax returns, etc.) prior to the child’s birth is needed.
- As of June 12, 2017 to a U.S. citizen mother and alien father acquires U.S. citizenship at birth if the U.S. citizen mother has been physically present in the United States five years, two of which are after the age of 14, prior to the applicant’s birth.” For children born before the date, please contact the Citizen Services Section for further details.
- Any previous Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued to other children in the family to expedite processing
- The fee of $ 215 (or € 194, in cash or credit card) for the CRBA and the passport
- Self-addressed envelope
TO PICK-UP THE PASSPORT IN PERSON IS NOT AN OPTION! Attention: For all passport applications you must submit a self-addressed and pre-paid envelope for return registered mail!
For maximum security, we will only return passports by registered mail, please follow as instructed;
Please provide stamps in the amount of € 6.25. Get a “Einschreiben/Registered” sticker from your local post office. Fill in the sticker (do not attach it to the envelope) and attach only the stamps on your self-addressed envelope (preferably size A5).
Issuing time approximately 10 to 14 working days. Please remember to bring all required documentation and completed forms with you to your appointment. If you do not bring all of the required forms and supporting documentation, you may have to make a new appointment and there will be a delay in processing your case.
Child Citizenship Act
The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows certain foreign-born, biological and adopted children of U.S. citizens to acquire U.S. citizenship automatically. These children did not acquire U.S. citizenship at birth, but they are granted citizenship when they enter the United States as lawful permanent residents (LPRs).
Click here for more details on the Child Citizenship Act.