Report of Birth Abroad
This week we made the trek to the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt to submit the paperwork to get little A’s USA citizenship and passport. We, the baby and both parents, had to be present, along with a bunch of forms. When I called to schedule our appointment, the next opening was 2 weeks out, and they sent us a checklist of documents to have ready:
- Application for Consular Report of Birth
- Child’s German Birth Certificate
- Parents’ passports
- Marriage certificate, if applicable
- Divorce decree/Death certificate, if applicable
- If the child’s father is a U.S. citizen who is not listed on the birth certificate, an affidavit of parentage form, if applicable
- Evidence documents that establish the US parent’s physical presence in the U.S. before the child’s birth (school transcripts, wage statements, bills, etc…)
- Cash or credit card, $170 USD
- Passport application
- Two identical passport photographs
- A self-addressed, German Registered Mail envelope with €3.60 in stamps
- Social security card application
Rounding up all the documentation we needed was straightforward, though it did take a few trips at the post office to get the prepaid registered mailing envelope with the correct labels and postage. Getting the passport photo was the hardest part, but that was mostly because we first tried to do it ourselves. We didn’t try this to save money but rather to save a trip with baby to a photographer. Who knew getting a clear shot of a newborn, with both ears showing, against a white background with no shadows could take so much effort. We ended up at the photo shop finally, with I’d wager, one of the least polite people we’ve met since we moved here. Grunting, scowling, impatient, sarcastic… wow. He did get the job done though, so we were relieved anyway.
So on Wednesday morning we got up extra early and headed to Frankfurt. Traveling with the baby is still a daunting prospect for us, so we were not exactly thrilled by the idea of a 2.5 hr drive x2, followed by who knows what, once we arrived.
The time at the consulate turned out fine. After we got through security, we received a ticket that was almost immediately called. Our paperwork was complete so we only had to pay, and then to wait again to see an officer. He looked at the baby, reviewed the forms again and then got us both to sign in front of him. We stopped by the Federal benefits desk to drop off the social security number application, and then headed home again.
One less to-do!