Child and Family Matters

This section provides information pertaining to intercountry adoption as well as step-by-step instructions on how to obtain a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).

U.S. Citizens wishing to adopt a Thai citizen child can find general information at: Intercountry Adoption – Thailand

As of May 1, 2018 all appointments for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA) at U.S. Embassy Bangkok will be made only after receiving the application by mail in order to provide better service to our citizens. The system reduces appointment wait time and helps families fully prepare for their citizenship appointment at the Embassy. Once the determination is made that all required documents are complete we will contact you via email to schedule an appointment. Please follow the below steps on how to apply for your child’s CRBA.

Please Note:

Please review the CRBA checklist (PDF 298KB) to ensure you have all the required documents prepared for the CRBA application. Failure to include all necessary forms and information may delay the application process. ACS Bangkok cannot pre-adjudicate CRBA applications, pre-screen documents or answer specific questions via phone/email until we receive the application package via post mail.

Documentary Requirements:

  • A completed DS – 2029: The Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad for a Citizen of the United States of America.
  • A completed DS – 11: The Application for a U.S. Passport (submit only if applying for a child’s passport at the same time of CRBA application).
  • A completed DS – 3053: The Parental Consent form (submit only if one parent is not present during the submission of the passport application for the minor).
  • A completed DS – 5525: The Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances form (submit only if one parent is unwilling or cannot provide consent).
  • One passport photograph 2in x 2in (5cm x 5cm) set against a white background, taken in the last six months. No eyeglasses allowed in passport photos. See link for specific requirements, photos that do not meet the requirements will be rejected.
  • One COPY of each required original document according to the CRBA checklist. DO NOT send the original documents, you will present the original documents at the interview.
  • Signed checklist (PDF 298KB) with two preferred dates for an interview at the Consular Section. (Mon, Tues, Wed at 1:00pm or 1:15pm ONLY)
  • Application Fee payment in the form of a Bank Draft (PDF 345KB) (See instructions below)
  • (Optional) ONE copy of all medical records and letter from attending physician if the child was conceived via Assisted Reproductive Technology (See detailed information below)

Out of wedlock birth to a U.S. Citizen Father:

  • If the parents were not legally married at the time of the child’s birth and the U.S. citizen father is transmitting U.S. citizenship, he must complete Section B on page 3 of Form DS- 2029. The section must be notarized in the U.S. (if not appearing) or at the U.S. Embassy during the appointment. 

Evidence of Physical Presence in the United States:

  • The U.S. Embassy requires applicants to complete page 2 of the CRBA application (DS-2029) accurately. The parent transmitting U.S. citizenship to his or her child should list the exact dates of physical presence in the United States. The dates should correspond with the arrival and departure stamps to and from the United States in the parent’s passport(s). 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 may delay CRBA processing.
  • In the event the child has one U.S. citizen parent and one foreign national parent, proof of the U.S. citizen parent’s physical presence (i.e. the number of days the U.S. citizen parent was demonstrably in the United States) is required. In such cases, the U.S. citizen parent will need to show five years of cumulative physical presence in the U.S., two of which must have been after the age of 14. Examples of items that show physical presence are entry/exit stamps in current and previous passports, school/college transcripts, income tax returns with W-2’s, social security earnings history, pay stubs, military/government orders, etc. Applicants are encouraged to provide as much evidence as possible. If the provided evidence is deemed insufficient you will receive email notification and a timeline to submit further evidence/documentation before an appointment can be scheduled.
  • 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, the 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.
  • Evidence of physical presence is not required if BOTH parents were U.S. citizens before the birth of the child. However, evidence of current or prior residence in the United States is required for one of the two parents.
  • If the U.S. citizen parent does not meet the transmission requirements and the child is less than 18 years old, the child may be eligible for expeditious naturalization under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

Child conceived via Assisted Reproduction Technology (IVF or Surrogacy):

  • Submit ONE copy of all medical records that show the child is genetically related to the U.S. citizen parent with your mail-in application packet. You are required to submit the originals at the CRBA interview appointment.
  • Submit ONE copy of a letter from the attending physician(s) attesting that the genetic material used for conception belonged to the U.S. citizen parent with your mail-in application packet. You are required to submit the original at the CRBA interview appointment.
  • Please note: When evidence is not sufficient to conclusively determine a biological relationship between the U.S. citizen parent and the child, the Consular Officer may require DNA testing to most effectively establish a biological relationship. DO NOT conduct independent DNA exams. Only DNA test results from the Department of State approved laboratories and coordinated through the Embassy can be used to determine a genetic relationship for citizenship purposes. If you are required to obtain a DNA exam, the information will be provided to you at your appointment. All fees for DNA testing will be paid by the applicant.

Please be aware, Commercial Surrogacy in Thailand is banned and considered illegal according to Thai Law

Fees:

All CRBA and passport fees must be submitted with the mail-in application documents. Failure to provide fee payment will delay your ability to receive an appointment.

Fees must be paid in the form of a “Bank Draft” and must be in Thai Baht at U.S. Embassy Bangkok’s current Official Exchange Rate (See “Announcement”) We cannot accept a Manager’s Cheque or a Cashier’s Cheque. 

  • Please submit one (1) bank draft (PDF 345KB) for one (1) of the following options, whichever applies:
    –  3400 Thai Baht (THB) for CRBA application ONLY (if NOT applying for a U.S. passport for the minor)
    –  7310 Thai Baht (THB) for CRBA application + minor passport application if the child is age 0-15 ($100 CRBA fee + $115 minor passport fee)
    –  8330 Thai Baht (THB) for CRBA application + “first adult passport” application if the child is age 16+ ($100 CRBA fee + $145 first-adult passport fee)
  • All bank drafts (PDF 345KB) must be:
    –  Purchased from Bangkok Bank, Kasikorn Bank, or Siam Commercial Bank(SCB). (There is no need to have an account at the bank to purchase a bank draft) (Kasikorn Bank calls a “Bank Draft” a “Bill of Exchange”)We cannot accept a Manager’s Cheque or a Cashier’s Cheque.
    – Made out to “American Embassy Bangkok.” (No variations, errors, or typos are permitted. Do not write on or make any markings on the bank draft.)
    – In the correct amount of Thai Baht (THB) at the current Official Exchange Rate (See “Announcement” on the Service Fees webpage)
    – Issued within the last six months.You can show this to the bank:
    ลูกค้าท่านนี้ต้องการซื้อแบงค์ดร๊าฟ(สกุลเงินบาทเท่านั้น)
    โดยจำนวนเงินอ้างอิงตามอัตราแลกเปลี่ยนของสถานทูต
    และระบุสั่งจ่ายชื่อบัญชี “American Embassy Bangkok”
    รบกวนช่วยอำนวยความสะดวกให้ด้วยค่ะ

Mailing Information:

All applications must be mailed to the American Citizen Services Unit. Ensure you select a courier service that will provide you with a tracking number. You may send your completed application package to the below address through the following couriers:

  • Thai Post (Express Mail Service or Registered Service)
  • FedEx
  • DHL
  • UPS

Attn: Mail-in CRBA Application
American Citizen Services, Consular Section
95 Wireless Road
Bangkok 10330, Thailand 

What to Expect Next:

  • Upon receipt of the application packet the American Citizen Services Unit will review the documents and schedule an appointment on one of the preferred dates. The confirmed appointment date and time will be sent to the parent’s email addresses provided on the CRBA checklist.
  • ONLY the applicant child and both parents should be present at the interview. The applicant child MUST appear, NO EXCEPTIONS. Minor siblings may accompany the family, however, this is not recommended as appointments can last 1-2 hours and the waiting area is small unaccommodating.
  • Please arrive at the Consular Section 15 minutes prior to the appointment. The appointment time is not the same as the interview time. Interview times depend on the number of applicants and the length of the interviews.
  • Bring your appointment confirmation email and valid government issued photo identification for both parents.
  • Inside the Consular Section all applicants will pass through a metal detector and will undergo an extensive security screening. Cameras, mobile phones, smart watches, laptops and other small electronic devices with features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, audio and video recording, or global positioning system (GPS) are not allowed inside the Embassy. Luggage is also not allowed. Strollers, diaper bags, baby foods and formulas will be screened.
  • Bring ALL original documents of which copies were made and mailed with the CRBA application.

Additional Information:

  • All appointments must be scheduled within 90 days of the issuance date on the bank draft. If no action is taken within the 90 day window, the case will be considered abandoned and subsequently closed.
  • If an appointment needs to be rescheduled, the parents must notify the American Citizen Services Unit by responding to the appointment confirmation email.
  • Applicants who fail to appear and/or notify the American Citizen Services Unit will need to restart the application process from the beginning and the pending case will be closed. All fees are non-refundable.
  • Please be PREPARED! If your application is incomplete on the day of your appointment, you may be asked to schedule a new appointment or start the process over from the beginning.

Retrieval of the CRBA and U.S. passport:

Your Consular Report of Birth Abroad and new passport will be returned to you by mail. You will be directed to purchase a Thai Post courier pass-back envelope for 100THB in our waiting area during your appointment.

Please note: ACS Bangkok cannot pre-adjudicate CRBA applications, pre-screen documents or answer specific questions via phone/email until we receive the application package via postal mail.

Applicants should plan to spend at least an hour at the Embassy on the day of their appointment. Please note that receiving and appearing at an appointment does not necessarily mean the application(s) will be approved.

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Applicants 18 years old and over, born outside the United States, may claim U.S. citizenship through his/her biological parent who was a United States citizen at the time of the applicant’s birth.  Once the citizenship claim is established, the applicant qualifies for a first-time U.S. passport.  Applicants 18 years old and over are not eligible for issuance of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).

Adult Derivative Citizenship Claim Appointment Instructions: 

  1. Print the Adult Derivative Citizenship Claim Checklist (PDF 296KB)
  2. Gather all documents required in the checklist
  3. Complete the required DS – 2029and DS – 11 

Please note: Although the DS-2029 is required for a CRBA and the applicant is ineligible for a CRBA, the DS-2029 is also utilized to gather necessary eligibility documents and evidence to adjudicate the applicant’s Adult Derivative Claim of U.S. citizenship. Please ensure the DS-2029 is filled out completely and correctly.

Evidence of Parent’s Physical Presence in the United States:

  • The U.S. Embassy requires applicants to complete page 2 of the DS-2029 accurately. The parent transmitting U.S. citizenship to his or her child should list the exact dates of physical presence in the United States. The dates should correspond with the arrival and departure stamps to and from the United States in the parent’s passport(s). 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 may delay the application processing.
  • In the event the applicant has one U.S. citizen parent and one foreign national parent, proof of the U.S. citizen parent’s physical presence (i.e. the number of days the U.S. citizen parent was demonstrably in the United States) is required.

              –          If the applicant was born on or after 14 November 1986 he or she will need to show five years of cumulative physical presence of in the U.S. for the U.S. citizen parent, two of which must have been after the parent was 14 years of age.

              –          If the applicant was born on or before 13 November 1986 he or she will need to show ten (10) years of cumulative physical presence of in the U.S. for the U.S. citizen parent, five (5) of which must have been after the parent was 14 years of age.

  • Examples of items that show physical presence are entry/exit stamps in current and previous passports, school/college transcripts, income tax returns with W-2’s, social security earnings history, pay stubs, military/government orders, etc. Applicants are encouraged to provide as much evidence as possible. If the provided evidence is deemed insufficient you will receive email notification and a timeline to submit further evidence/documentation before an appointment can be scheduled.
  • If the applicant cannot clearly demonstrate the parent’s required years of physical presence, then the application cannot be approved and any associated passport application will be denied. In such cases, the applicants are not eligible for a refund. Applicants are strongly urged to review their parent’s history of physical presence in the United States before applying.
  • Evidence of physical presence is not required if BOTH parents were U.S. citizens before the birth of the child. However, evidence of current or prior residence in the United States is required for one of the two parents.
  • If the applicant does not meet the requirements he or she may contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to see if they are eligible for expeditious naturalization under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.
  1. Prepare the required payment for your U.S. passport application fee

All Adult Derivative passport application fees must be submitted with the mail-in application documents. Failure to provide fee payment will delay your ability to receive an appointment.

Fees must be paid in the form of a “Bank Draft” and must be in Thai Baht at U.S. Embassy Bangkok’s current Official Exchange Rate (See “Announcement”)

  • Please submit one bank draft (PDF 345KB) for the following amount and service:
    –  $145 for the applicant’s “first adult passport” application (At the current Official Exchange Rate)
  • All bank drafts (PDF 345KB) must be:
    –  Purchased from Bangkok Bank, Kasikorn Bank, or Siam Commercial Bank(SCB). (There is no need to have an account at the bank to purchase a bank draft) (Kasikorn Bank calls a “Bank Draft” a “Bill of Exchange”)
    – Made out to “American Embassy Bangkok.” (No variations, errors, or typos are permitted. Do not write on or make any markings on the bank draft.)
    – In the correct amount of Thai Baht (THB) at the current Official Exchange Rate (See “Announcement” on the Service Fees webpage)
    – Issued within the last six months.

You can show this to the bank:
ลูกค้าท่านนี้ต้องการซื้อแบงค์ดร๊าฟ(สกุลเงินบาทเท่านั้น)
โดยจำนวนเงินอ้างอิงตามอัตราแลกเปลี่ยนของสถานทูต
และระบุสั่งจ่ายถึง “American Embassy Bangkok”
รบกวนช่วยอำนวยความสะดวกให้ด้วยค่ะ

  1. Mail the following to the U.S. Embassy:
  • One photocopy of all required documents on the checklist (DO NOT send originals)
  • One photocopy of the completed DS-2029 and DS-11
  • One photocopy of the bio-data page of each parent’s passport and/or other government issued photo ID
  • One photocopy of the applicant’s current foreign passport and/or other government issued photo ID
  • The signed and completed Adult Derivative Citizenship Checklist
  • Passport Application Fee payment in the form of a Bank Draft (PDF 345KB)
  • One new Passport Photo (Please see link for detailed information)

Mailing Information:

All completed applications must be mailed to the American Citizen Services Unit. Ensure you select a courier service that will provide you with a tracking number. You may send your completed application package to the below address through the following couriers:

  • Thai Post (Express Mail Service or Registered Service)
  • FedEx
  • DHL
  • UPS

Attn: Mail-in CRBA Application
American Citizen Services, Consular Section
95 Wireless Road
Bangkok 10330, Thailand 

What to Expect Next:

  • Upon receipt of the application packet the American Citizen Services Unit will review the documents and schedule an appointment on one of the preferred dates. The confirmed appointment date and time will be sent to the applicant’s email addresses provided on the Adult Derivative Checklist (PDF 296KB).
  • The applicant MUST appear, NO EXCEPTIONS. Both parents are also welcome to appear if available. Minor children may accompany the family, however, this is not recommended as appointments can last 1-2 hours and the waiting area is small and unaccommodating.
  • Please arrive at the Consular Section 15 minutes prior to the appointment. The appointment time is not the same as the interview time. Interview times depend on the number of applicants and the length of the interviews.
  • Bring your appointment confirmation email and a valid government issued photo identification for each person appearing.
  • Inside the Consular Section all applicants will pass through a metal detector and will undergo an extensive security screening. Cameras, mobile phones, smart watches, laptops and other small electronic devices with features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, audio and video recording, or global positioning system (GPS) are not allowed inside the Embassy. Luggage is also not allowed. Strollers, diaper bags, baby foods and formulas will be screened.
  • Bring ALL original documents of which copies were made and mailed with the application.

Additional Information:

  • All appointments must be scheduled within 90 days of the issuance date on the bank draft. If no action is taken within the 90 day window, the case will be considered abandoned and subsequently closed.
  • If an appointment needs to be rescheduled, the applicant must notify the American Citizen Services Unit by responding to the appointment confirmation email.
  • Applicants who fail to appear and/or notify the American Citizen Services Unit will need to restart the application process from the beginning and the pending case will be closed. All fees are non-refundable.
  • Please be PREPARED! If your application is incomplete on the day of your appointment, you may be asked to schedule a new appointment or start the process over from the beginning.

Retrieval of the U.S. passport:

Would you like your U.S Passport to be returned to you by mail?

  • If Yes, you will be directed to purchase a Thai Post courier pass-back envelope for 100THB in our waiting area during your appointment.
  • If No, you will be given instructions on how and when to pick-up the new passport at your appointment. Processing time is usually two weeks.

Please note: ACS Bangkok cannot pre-adjudicate Adult Derivative Citizenship Claim applications, pre-screen documents or answer specific questions via phone/email until we receive the application package via postal mail.

Applicants should plan to spend at least an hour at the Embassy on the day of their appointment. Please note that receiving and appearing at an appointment does not necessarily mean the application(s) will be approved.

Congratulations on the birth of your new baby!

Consulate General Chiang Mai will only process Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA) for residents of the following provinces in northern Thailand: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phayao, Phetchabun, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak and Uttaradit. Births in all other provinces must apply at Embassy Bangkok.

To apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and first time U.S. passport at the Consulate General Chiang Mai please do the following:

1)  Make a Consular Report of Birth Abroad appointment (Select Consulate Chiang Mai)

2) On the day of the appointment bring the following;

3) Were the parents married to each other at the time of the baby’s birth?

4) Were the parents not married to each other at the time of the baby’s birth and the father will not be present?

5) Would you like to apply for a passport for the baby at the appointment?

  • If Yes, please bring:
    – Form DS-11 “Application for a U.S. Passport” (completed but not signed)
    – One passport photograph 2in x 2in (5cm x 5cm) set against a white background, taken in the last six months. No eyeglasses. See link for specific requirements, photos that do not meet the requirements will be rejected.
  • If No, please continue to #6

6) Will both parents be at the appointment (recommended)?

7) Was your child conceived through Assisted Reproductive Technology (IVF or surrogacy)? If No, please continue to #8. If Yes, please see below:

  • Please bring all medical records to show a Consular Officer that the children are genetically related to the American Citizen parent
  • Please bring a letter from the attending doctors attesting that the genetic material used for conception belonged to the American Citizen parent
  • Please note: When evidence is not sufficient to conclusively determine a biological relationship between the U.S. citizen parent and the child, the Consular Officer may recommend DNA testing be complete to most effectively establish biological relations. DO NOT conduct independent DNA exams. Only DNA test results from the Department of State approved laboratories and coordinated through the Embassy can be used to determine a genetic relationship for citizenship purposes. If you are required to obtain a DNA exam, the information will be provided to you at your appointment. All fees for DNA testing should be paid by the applicant.

8) Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and passports can be picked-up approximately 3 weeks after the applications are approved. You will be given pick-up instructions at your appointment.

What to Expect Next:

  • ONLY the applicant child and both parents should be present at the interview. The applicant child MUST appear, NO EXCEPTIONS. Minor siblings may accompany the family, however, this is not recommended as appointments can last 1-2 hours and the waiting area is small unaccommodating.
  • Please arrive at the Consular Section 15 minutes prior to the appointment. The appointment time is not the same as the interview time. Interview times depend on the number of applicants and the length of the interviews.
  • Bring your appointment confirmation email and valid government issued photo identification for both parents.
  • Inside the Consular Section all applicants will pass through a metal detector and will undergo an extensive security screening. Cameras, mobile phones, smart watches, laptops and other small electronic devices with features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, audio and video recording, or global positioning system (GPS) are not allowed inside the Embassy. Luggage is also not allowed. Strollers, diaper bags, baby foods and formulas will be screened.
  • Bring ALL original documents as listed on the Chiang Mai checklist for CRBA (PDF 361KB).

Replacement copies of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) must be obtained through the Department of State Passport Vital Records Section in the United States. Embassies and Consulates cannot issue replacements.

Please click HERE for detailed instructions on how to replace a lost or stolen Consular Report of Birth Abroad.