You can now apply for a CRBA electronically at the U.S. Embassy Skopje. This new online feature allows U.S. citizen parents to complete a CRBA application online, upload all required documents, and submit payment prior to the in-person interview. Please note that in-person interview is required.
Paper applications for CRBA are no longer accepted.
A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth if certain statutory requirements are met. For a child born in North Macedonia to a U.S. citizen(s), the child’s parents should apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) electronically. Before scheduling your appointment, please read the instructions below thoroughly. Incomplete applications will result in delays and possible need for a second appointment. If the U.S. embassy determines that the child acquired U.S. citizenship at birth, a consular officer will approve the application and the Department of State will issue a CRBA in the child’s name. CRBA applications must be made before the child’s 18th birthday. We recommend that parents apply for the CRBA as soon as possible after the child’s birth. For more information, please click here.
Completing an online application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad
STEP 1) Eligibility requirements for eCRBA
To apply, your child must have been born in North Macedonia and you must travel to U.S Embassy Skopje for the in-person interview.
To be eligible to apply through eCRBA, you MUST meet all the following criteria:
- You are applying for an appointment at U.S. Embassy Skopje.
- The child was born in North Macedonia.
- The child is under the age of 18.
- At least one parent was a U.S. citizen when the child was born.
- You must be able to use an internationally accepted credit/debit card or a direct payment method to pay online at U.S. Government’s official payment site Pay.Gov.
- You are the biological parent of the child for whom you are applying for a CRBA.
STEP 2) Create a Login.gov account to access eCRBA services on the MyTravelGov portal
Create a Login.gov account:
Applicants must have a Login.gov account to access eCRBA services on the MyTravelGov portal. Instructions for creating a Login.gov account are available at MyTravel.state.gov. If you already have an eCRBA application in progress, use the same email address previously used to access the MyTravelGov website to create an account. This ensures a streamlined linkage between your existing profile and the new authentication system.
Important Notice: If you had an existing MyTravelGov account and started or completed an eCRBA application prior to the integration of Login.gov with the MyTravelGov portal, you will need to create a Login.gov account using the same email address as your previous MyTravelGov account to access or view an existing application.
Once an account is made, you can create and complete the eCRBA application.
Use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge to access MyTravelGov. You can also use Safari on MacOS (iMac) but cannot use Safari on iOS (iPhone and iPad).
STEP 3) Gather evidence of physical presence
In many cases, the U.S. citizen parent(s) must present proof of their physical presence in the United States. Physical presence is the actual time the U.S. citizen parent was physically within the borders of the United States before the child’s birth.
Examples of physical presence in the United States may include:
- Current and expired passports (can be U.S. or foreign passports), please scan every single page of such documents.
- Your U.S. entry/exit records – click here to get your records. Read about Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) at this link. FOIA contact details are available at this link.
- useful tip: U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) entry/exit records have helped many parents determine their required physical presence, although getting such records from CBP may take couple of weeks. Using the portal ensures you receive your response as efficiently as possible.
- School transcripts/records (not diplomas), such as elementary school, junior and high school, university, etc.
- Employment, training, paycheck receipts.
- Travel, medical, or any other records.
Important Notice: Please note that some records are not useful like for example IRS forms such as W-2, W-4, 1040, or utility payments, rental or financial transactions, since based on such records we can’t determine if the parent was continuously physically present in the U.S., during a given year.
STEP 4) Assemble all documents and upload them on MyTravelGov portal
The eCRBA application via your MyTravelGov portal, will guide you through the process and will allow you to scan and upload documents as you go. You can scan, save, and upload documents in each section of the eCRBA application as a .JPG file. You must bring exactly the same original documents to the in-person interview where a consular officer will verify them.
- Minor’s North Macedonia birth certificate (International form).
- Proof of parents’ citizenship and identity.
- U.S. citizen parent: U.S. passport; or U.S. birth certificate, showing filing date and issuing office’s seal; or U.S. Naturalization Certificate; or Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
- Foreign parent: valid foreign passport, including photo and signature.
- Parents’ marriage certificate (if applicable)(International form).
- Proof of termination of all previous marriages (divorce or death certificate)
- Proof of U.S. parent’s physical presence in the United States prior to child’s birth as explained in STEP 3.
- Evidence of relationship between the child and the parent, and of evidence of relationship between the parents. Examples include birth/pregnancy records, family photos, correspondence, and other printed materials.
STEP 5) If the U.S. citizen parent transmitting citizenship cannot attend the appointment
Both parents should attend with the child. If only one parent or legal guardian attends, please see the requirements below.
If the U.S. citizen parent who is solely transmitting the citizenship to their minor child, will not be present at the interview, the original notarized form DS-5507 must be submitted. The U.S. citizen parent who is transmitting the citizenship to their child is not in North Macedonia, will be required to mail the original notarized form DS-5507 to the parent in North Macedonia for the CRBA interview. Please ensure that page 2 lists the time spent in the United States and the time spent abroad separately and that all pages requiring a signature from the U.S. citizen parent are signed in front of a U.S. commissioned notary or a Consular Officer. Use a separate sheet of paper if necessary.
Additional documentation may be requested depending on the circumstances of the case. You will be advised during your appointment if additional evidence is required.
STEP 6) Pay eCRBA
There are two applicable fees required for eCRBA processing: ($100) eCRBA fee and (€10) return by mail fee.
You can pay the $100 eCRBA fee through MyTravelGov portal, or if you have issues paying online, you still have the option to pay at the embassy at the time of your appointment in cash or credit card.
- Pay online the eCRBA fee by internationally accepted credit/debit card or a direct payment method at U.S. Government’s official payment site Pay.Gov through MyTravelGov portal. Important notice: Please note you must allow a minimum of 5 working days between payment submission and eCRBA scheduled interview appointment, or
Pay at the time of your appointment.
- Cash: in Denars or U.S. dollars.
- Credit or debit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Discover or American Express.
Card transactions are made in U.S. dollars and may be subject to additional fees applied by your card provider. Please note that we cannot accept contactless payment of any kind. Please note that there is no expedited services outside the United States.
STEP 7) Book an appointment
Once you complete the online application and the payment, you will then be directed to schedule your appointment at the U.S. Embassy Skopje. Please allow a minimum of 5 working days between payment submission and CRBA scheduled interview appointment. This provides time for your payment to be processed. If you schedule your appointment before this time, your application will not be available.
When scheduling the appointment, you should make a written note of the following:
- Choose ‘Report the birth abroad of a child of a U.S. citizen and/or apply for the child’s first passport.’
- Book the appointment in the child’s name.
- Print or write down the appointment date and time, confirmation number and password (you will not receive booking confirmation or appointment reminders by email).
You are not required to present a printout of the confirmation sheet on the day of the appointment as your name will be on the access list for that day, although you may wish to keep a copy for your records.
Please ensure that you arrive at the Embassy at the appointed time, otherwise we may be required to cancel your appointment. Each applicant requiring a service must have a separate appointment. Remember to schedule the appointment in the name of your child. Your child must accompany you to the appointment.
If there are no appointments available when you first check the booking system, please keep checking. New appointments are regularly added, including appointments made available from daily cancellations. These appointments can only be booked through the online calendar, not by email or telephone, which is why it is important to keep checking the calendar.
STEP 8) Attend your interview
Attend you scheduled in-person interview with your original documents (must be exactly the same documents with serial numbers that you have already uploaded on eCRBA). The original documents will be returned to you after reviewing your application. You must provide English translations for all foreign language documents. The child must be present at the time of the interview.
STEP 9) Processing and delivery
CRBA: It will take approximately four weeks. However, this timeframe is a guideline only, as some cases may take longer.
If the eCRBA application is approved by the Consular officer, then the parents can schedule an appointment for a U.S. passport. In certain situations, we will offer you to apply for both eCRBA and U.S. passport at the same time. Please see the requirements below for applying for a U.S. passport for your minor child.
U.S. Passport for minor child with eCRBA application
- Completed and printed DS-11 via the Online Application Wizard or printed and completed by hand.
- One passport photo (5cm x 5cm) – One (1). Eye glasses are no longer allowed in passport photos. For more information, please click here.
- Printed and completed statement (PDF 76KB) by parent that minor has been never issued a Social Security Number.
- Fee –$135. Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club) or cash, payable in U.S. dollars or Denars at the Embassy’s exchange rate.
Both parents must be physically present in the Consular Section to sign a minor’s passport application. Everyone must be listed when making the appointment. If one parent is not physically present, then notarized form DS-3053 (PDF 52KB) should accompany the application along with a photocopy of the passport.
Social Security number for minor child following eCRBA and passport application
If the application for a consular report of birth is approved and issued, you can apply for a Social Security Number for your child(ren). Applications for a Social Security Number (SSN) are processed by the Federal benefits Unit at the U.S. Consulate in Naples, Italy. For more information on how to proceed with the application for a SSN for your child, please contact the SSA office in Naples by email to: FBU.Naples@ssa.gov
If your child obtains a consular report of birth and a U.S. passport from our office, we are pleased to offer notarized copies (free of charge) of the following required documents:
(1) Child’s original Consular Report of Birth;
(2) Child’s U.S. passport which must be signed by the parent before being notarized;
(3) Passport of the parent signing the application form SS-5-FS. (The passport must be valid and signed).
Please make clear copies of the 3 documents and send us an email to request an appointment for notarization of the copies.