Citizenship Services

What Service Do You Require?

In order for you to ‘pass’ your U.S. citizenship to your child you must meet certain requirements.  These requirements change depending on whether the mother or the father is the U.S. citizen, and whether your child was born in wedlock or out-of-wedlock.

Transmission of U.S. citizenship depends on:

  1. At least one parent having the nationality of the United States at the time of the child’s birth;
  2. The existence of a blood relationship between the child and U.S. citizen parent(s);
  3. Documentary evidence demonstrating the U.S. citizen parent(s)’ presence in the United States prior to the child’s birth, as specified in our Transmission Requirements.

Examples of Documentation

When you meet with an officer, you will have to prove that you meet all these legal requirements. Here are some examples of documentary evidence to show you have sufficient physical presence in the U.S., though we will consider additional evidence as necessary:

  • Social Security Statement: we strongly encourage you to obtain your Social Security Statement.  This statement is often the quickest way for the officer to determine that you have sufficient physical presence in the United States.  Visit https://www.ssa.gov/ to find out how to obtain your Social Security Statement.
  • Wage and tax statements (W-2)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Employment records
  • Rental receipts
  • Records of honorable U.S. military service, employment with U.S. Government or certain intergovernmental international organizations; or as a dependent, unmarried child and member of the household of a parent in such service or employment (except where indicated).
  • U.S. passport stamps may be considered a part of the evidence submitted, but should not be the sole documentary evidence. Drivers’ licenses do not constitute evidence of physical presence.

If you have other children who have been issued a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), this may be used as supplemental evidence.

How to transmit your U.S. Citizenship to your child?

You can apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) for your child before he/she reaches the age of 18.  Children over 18 years of age may follow the same procedure as someone applying for a CRBA but will only be issued a U.S. passport if found qualified for U.S. citizenship at birth.

If you would like to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad at either the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi or the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, please complete the following steps.

Renunciation applications can only be made by setting up an interview with a U.S. consular officer.  Renunciation applicants are required to attend two mandatory interviews with a consular officer.  The initial interview is followed by a period of reflection before the second interview will be scheduled.  At the second mandatory interview, the consular officer will witness citizens’ signatures to the pertinent forms and administer the Oath of Renunciation of U.S. nationality.  It is during the second interview that a non-refundable fee must be paid.  This fee was instituted by the Department of State on July 13, 2010.

If applicants would like to schedule the initial interview in Ho Chi Minh City, please email to hcmcacsmail@state.gov OR in Hanoi, please email to Acshanoi@state.gov.  Priority will be given to applicants who reside in Vietnam.

Renunciation of United States Citizenship

Renouncing U.S. citizenship is a voluntary act and not easily reversed. Those seeking renunciation must schedule an appointment for a renunciation interview, which is followed by a time of reflection, before the second mandatory interview.   It is during this second interview that a one-time non-refundable renunciation fee of US$2,350 must be paid.  All fees are payable in U.S. Dollars or Vietnamese Dong in cash. In addition, fees are also payable with the following credit cards in U.S. dollars: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. The Consulate cannot accept checks.

During the initial interview, a consular officer will provide information about renunciation and its consequences. Items required for the interview include a U.S. passport(s), an original Naturalization Certificate (if applicable) and any other documents that establish U.S. citizenship.  If you are a national of another country as well, please bring evidence of the foreign nationality, such as a passport.

During the second interview, the renunciation applicant will be asked to sign a Statement of Understanding and an Oath of Renunciation before a consular officer. These documents record that the applicant understands the serious nature and consequences of the renunciation and undertakes this action voluntarily.

After the second interview, the case will be forwarded to the Department of State for review and decision. Only when the Department of State approves the case is the renunciation considered complete. The length of time for Department of State approval may take several months. Our office will contact you when this process is complete.

In addition, after the second interview, the U.S. Embassy/U.S. Consulate will retain the renunciation applicant’s U.S. passport, U.S. Naturalization Certificate and other applicable or requested documents until further notice. When the Department of State contacts our office to confirm approval of the case, we will notify the renunciation applicant. If the renunciation case is approved, the applicant’s U.S. passport will be canceled and returned to the applicant.

For further information on renunciation, please follow the attached links: