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What form is required in a situation when the child and mother are not present but the father is?

by Katharine
(Madison, WI)

Question: The child needing a new passport is an American citizen (born in California to Egyptian parents). The child is now 7 years old, living in Egypt. The mother lives with the daughter in Egypt. The father is in the US for a sabbatical of 6 months and will return to Egypt.

The father has the child's original passport, her birth certificate, her SS#, and a recent picture. He has his own passport and visa.

I understand there is a form that must be signed by the mother, authorizing the father to obtain a passport for the child.

Please advise me about this form - what is it, how do we get it, etc.

Answer: The father will not be able to apply for a passport for his child. One of the requirements is that minors under age 16 must apply in person. Either the mother needs to apply for the child at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and submit a notarized consent form from the father or wait until the father returns to Egypt so that they can both appear.

U.S. Embassy Cairo
5 Tawfik Diab Street
Garden City, Cairo
telephone (20) 2-2797-3300

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