Time to get paperwork for a baby born overseas

Karen - posted on 07/28/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hello, we're currently stationed overseas and I'm worried about the due date vs. our PCS date. I assume the baby will need to have birth certificate and passport before returning to the states? How long does it normally take after the baby is born until you can travel to the states? Thanks!

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Karen - posted on 08/07/2011

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Thanks everyone. The baby will be born on base so thanks to Shan's research looks like I can just bring my orders with us to the hosptial, get a passport that day, and finish up the rest when we get home. I'll check in with your legal office per your suggestion. Thanks!

Erin - posted on 08/07/2011

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It is pretty quick and embassies can do it on a rush job if necessary. You'll get a certificate of birth abroad and then immediately apply for a social security number and then the passport. Your base/chain of command should be able to tell you exactly what to do.

Shan - posted on 08/04/2011

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please note I do not have any experience of going through the process if the child is born on a hospital on base. I am from England and so wanted my children to be born at the same hospital that I was (not on base); so the process I am referring to is if the children were born off base. I'm not sure how different the process is in England but I was told that if my children were born on base (US soil); I would still have received a passport on the same day because I presented evidence that travel to the US was imminent. But in case the process is different I would ask at JAGS or the US embassy where you are. You will find their number online.



*update* this was bugging me so read up about it. If the child was born on base you will not need a CRBA but will still need a birth certificate in order to get the passport. The passport WILL be issued as an emergency passport on the same day (bring orders with you). Hope this helps.

Maria Fernanda - posted on 08/04/2011

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We were based in england and it took us 12weeks to get my sons passport and birth certificate, your passport office on base can help with al the paper work. But like Shan said you can get an emergency passport if ur pcsing soon and you have to go to the embassy for that. Make sure you start all the paper work soon after your baby's birth.

Shan - posted on 08/04/2011

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Once again, if you show evidence that you are PCSing they will give you an emergency passport valid for three months on the same day.

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I had a baby born overseas on May 12 this year, in Pisa Italy not on a base. We got her Italian birth cert. in June. We had our appointment for her citizenship/passport etc. on July 1. We still haven't received her passport or citizenship paper work. But I think if you give birth at a hospital on base there are few steps since it is "US soil" on most bases and you may not have to deal with the cert. of birth aboard report.

Shan - posted on 08/02/2011

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My baby was born abroad in April. We had to go to the US embassy in the country that he was born in and apply for a CRBA (consular report of birth abroad) AND passport. If you have proof that you are PCSing shortly, they will give you an emergency passport on the same day. You will need to wait for the CRBA to arrive in the mail. You MUST get the child a US passport in order for him/her to travel to the US. All US citizens are required to enter the US on a US passport. :)

Jenn - posted on 08/01/2011

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If I remember correctly, when I had my son in Germany 4 year ago we had to get the passport first, and the birth certificate after that. It seemed really backwards to me. Also, if there are PCS orders, they may be able to expedite the passport. If not, the passport can take up to 3 months to come back.

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