The eCRBA is the Department of State’s new online application for a CRBA that allows eligible U.S. citizen parents to complete an online application, upload all required documents, and submit payment prior to the in-person interview. eCRBA does not require any new information or processes – applicants enter the same information in the eCRBA as in the paper application.
1. Create an account and prepare required documents
Create a MyTravelGov account: A “MyTravelGov” account is an online service that applicants can use to request consular services. You must register for such an account to use the eCRBA application. My TravelGov is a secure encrypted portal.
Watch this YouTube video to learn more about creating your account.
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).
Applying for a U.S. passport at the same time with eCRBA: you may apply for a U.S. passport for your child during an in-person interview, please visit Passport section for an appropriated service and a required document.
Prepare each required document according to the eCRBA checklist (PDF 116KB).
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 establish a biological relationship most effectively. 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.
2. U.S. parent’s evidence of physical presence in USA
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.
- 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 most 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.
- 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.
3. Assemble all documents to be uploaded
The eCRBA application 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, .pdf, .png, and .jpeg files according to the eCRBA checklist (PDF 116KB). You must bring the original documents to the in-person interview where a consular officer will verify them.
4. Pay eCRBA fee
During the eCRBA application you will be asked to pay the $100 eCRBA application fee via the U.S. government’s secure payment site.
For a First-time U.S. passport, you may find appropriated fees schedule here.
5. What to expect next
- Upon submission of the electronic application payment, send a confirmation of online payment via the appropriate Contact form depending on your location below:
Bangkok Contact Form for the American Citizens Services unit at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, or
Chiang Mai Contact Form for the American Citizens Services unit at the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai.
Please provide your preferred date of an in-person interview. American Citizens Services Unit will review the documents and schedule an appointment by email accordingly.
- Interview in Bangkok (Monday – Thursday at 7:30am to 8:15am ONLY)
- Interview in Chiang Mai (Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday at 10.30am ONLY)
- Please note that we do not offer CRBA interview on official holidays. See a list of our official holidays here.
- 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 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 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 uploaded.
6. Processing and delivery
Your Consular Report of Birth Abroad and new passport will be returned to you by mail. You will be directed to purchase an insured return envelope(s) in our waiting area during your appointment.
NOTE: If you apply for both a passport book and passport card, they will be mailed to you
separately because the passport card requires additional processing time.
7. Track my passport
After the four to five weeks processing period has passed, you may track your passport through the Thai Post website https://track.thailandpost.co.th/. Your tracking number is located on your Thai Post receipt.
Your new passport will reach you within four to five weeks from the date your application was received for processing. Someone must be present to sign for delivery. If no one is present to sign and receive the envelope, it will be kept at your local Thai Post Office until you retrieve it. Please check with your local Thai Post Office before reaching out to us if you have not received your envelope within four to five weeks.