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Report Birth Abroad

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As U.S. citizen parent(s), you should report your child's birth abroad as soon as possible to the U.S. Embassy to establish an official record of the child's claim to U.S. citizenship at birth.

You will need to complete an "Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad", form DS-2029 [PDF]

The official record will be the Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Form FS-240 which is a basic United States citizenship document. An original of this document will be given to you at the time registration is approved.

A Consular Report of Birth can only be prepared at the U.S. Consulate. It cannot be prepared if the child has been taken back into the United States, or, if the person is 18 years of age or older at the time the application is made.

To register the birth of a U.S. child in a foreign country, please call U.S. Embassy, Apia -- Phone +685 21631.

Please be prepared to leave a message on voice mail and we shall respond between 9.00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

If you wish to apply for a Social Security Number for your child when you report the birth, also complete Form DS 2029 - Page 3-7 [PDF] and submit both applications together.

Click here for additional information about United States citizens born abroad who acquire U.S. citizenship at birth.




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    E logo atu ma le faaaloalo lava o le a tapunia le ofisa o amerika (U.S. Embassy) i le aso tofi 13 ma le aso faraile 14 tesema ona o le afa o evan. o le a le faataunuuina faatalanoaga mo visa seia logo atu lo outou mamalu i se taimi o i luma.   
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    The United States Embassy in Apia announces that resident nationals of Samoa are now eligible to apply for the J. William Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship Program.  The Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions and offers program participants insight into U.S. society and values.  Successful candidates receive up to three years of graduate-level studies at some of the finest higher learning institutions in the United States.  The Embassy is now accepting applications for study commencing in 2014. [Application and more details]