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Important Citizenship Information

Payment Methods & Details

The fee can be paid in cash (in U.S. Dollars or Peruvian Nuevos Soles) or with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or Diners Club).  Local debit cards, personal checks, money orders or banker’s drafts are not accepted.

Appointments & Locations

Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA) applications are received by appointment only.

Only the child’s biological parent or legal guardian, preferably the U.S. citizen parent, can apply for a CRBA.  However, either parent, including a non-U.S. citizen parent, may execute and sign this application form before a Consular Officer.

If the U.S. citizen parent will not be present at the interview, he/she must complete and sign section C on page 3 of the DS-2029 form in front of a U.S. commissioned notary.  If the child was born out of wedlock to a U.S. citizen father, he must complete all parts of section B and sign the form in front of a U.S. commissioned notary.  Both pages must be submitted in original.  If the father is deceased, submit an original death certificate.

In addition to the examples of evidence of physical presence listed on the general CRBA information page, a common type of evidence is a Movimiento Migratorio (entry/exit) record issued by Peruvian Immigration for all the parent’s passports and nationalities.  If the parent is Peruvian American, two different records should be presented, one for the Peruvian nationality and another one for the American nationality.

Prenatal records and/or other evidence of mother’s pregnancy are also required.  Please bring original documents dated, ultrasounds containing name of mother, laboratory test results, doctor prescriptions/hospital receipts, pictures of the mother pregnant, etc.

NOTE: For Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), biological parents should submit medical records detailing the method/procedures done.  Please visit the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and Surrogacy Abroad page for more information on how the Department of State determines citizenship for children conceived through ART.

If you would also like to apply for the child’s first passport, please note the following:

  • Complete and print Application for a U.S. Passport, Form DS-11.
  • For children under the age of 16, both parents/legal guardians are required to attend the appointment.
  • If only one parent/guardian is present for the interview, the absent parent/guardian must sign a Statement of Consent (DS-3053) authorizing the issuance of a U.S. passport for children under the age of 16.  The absent parent must sign Form DS-3053 and get it notarized by a U.S. commissioned notary or at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas.  The absent parent must also provide a photocopy of the front and back side of the photo ID that was used during notarization.  The document is only valid for 90 days after the date of signature.

U.S. Embassy Lima
Schedule an appointment in Lima
Av. La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
Surco, Lima 33, Peru

U.S. Consular Agency Cusco
Schedule an appointment in Cusco (via email)
Av. El Sol 449, office 201
Cusco, Peru
Phone: +51 84 231-474
Fax: +51 84 245-102
Email: CuscoACS@state.gov

Upon scheduling an appointment, you will see a confirmation page in your browser.  You will not receive an email confirmation.  Please print the confirmation page or write down the appointment details and bring them to your appointment.  This information may be useful if you wish to reschedule or cancel your appointment in the appointment system.

Please see under Security Information, and plan to arrive 15 minutes before the appointment with completed application, photograph, and payment method, to clear security.

Security Information

Every person visiting the Embassy must agree to a security screening before entering the Consular Section with their belongings.

What not to bring to your appointment

  1. Visitors are not allowed to bring cell phones, laptops, tablets, and similar electronic devices onto the premises.  Visitors carrying unauthorized objects will not be granted entry.
  2. To facilitate and speed up your entry into the compound we recommend you do not bring large bags, such as suitcases, backpacks, and packages.
  3. Baby food and/or essential medications (in plastic containers only – no glass) should be brought to the attention of the guards.
  4. Once you enter the screening area, be prepared to remove all metallic items, together with your coat/jacket, belt, handbag/rucksack/briefcase, etc.

The Embassy maintains a small kiosk outside the main entrance where applicants can typically leave bags, keys, phones, and other small items while inside the Embassy compound, for a small fee.

Mailing Paper Voting Ballots

Some states allow you to return your completed and signed ballot electronically and others do not.  Check your state’s current rules here.  If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, professional courier service, or through the U.S. Embassy Lima’s diplomatic pouch.


The diplomatic pouch provides mail service for ballots and voter registration forms between embassies and consulates and a U.S. sorting facility.  You will need to place your ballots in postage-paid return envelopes (printed from FVAP.gov) or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage for them to be delivered to local election authorities.  The U.S. Embassy does not provide or sell postage.  U.S. postage may be purchased online at https://www.usps.com.  Click here for the latest updates and information on U.S.-Peru postal services.

Diplomatic Pouch

If using the diplomatic pouch, ballots and voter registration cards can be dropped off at the U.S. Embassy (Avenida La Encalada block 17, Santiago de Surco, Lima 15023) between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.  You do not need an appointment to submit voting materials.  Place your materials in a postage-paid return envelope (available under “Downloadable Election Materials” on the FVAP homepage) or in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address it to the relevant local election officials.  Please note it can take up to four weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent by an embassy or consulate via diplomatic pouch.

Other Information

The American Citizen Services Unit is closed on U.S. and Peruvian holidays.

The average time for processing a Consular Report of Birth Abroad at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, is 2-3 weeks from the time of the appointment.  You will be notified via email once the CRBA is ready for pickup.  Please monitor your inbox and spam folder.

Reasonable Accommodation

If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.
Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:

    • If you require a private appointment due to a medical condition or disability, we may schedule an alternative time for you to come in for your interview.
    • If you or your child has special needs that requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distractions, we may schedule an alternative time for you or your family to come in for your interview.
    • If you are unable to speak, you may be allowed to respond to questions in an agreed-upon nonverbal manner such as using pen and paper.
    • If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may bring a sign language interpreter to translate during the interview if needed.
    • If you have low vision, we may provide you with communications in large print.

If you are unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, including birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, you may qualify for a fingerprint waiver for certain fingers.

  • Interview waivers are only granted in extreme situations, such as having a medical condition that requires flying in an air ambulance.

The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom is wheelchair-accessible.