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Passport for child born in the United States but raised abroad

The mother of the child gave birth here in the U.S. and shortly thereafter the child went back to Mexico. Apparently, there is no clarity as to the procedure and/or process by which a passport can be issued to a "minor living with an authorized guardian, in another country".

I am trying to help a friend but I don't even know which direction to point her to.
Thank you in advance.

Question: Which country issues the passport?

Answer: The passport(s) is/are issued by the country or countries of which the child is a citizen. Since the child was born in the United States, he or she should be able to obtain a U.S. passport as long as evidence of U.S. citizenship is provided. The application for an American passport can be submitted at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in Mexico.

Since the child was born to Mexican citizens, he or she should also be able to obtain a Mexican passport. This can be obtained through the official issuing agency of Mexico.

Question: What forms need to be filled out?

Answer: The application form for a new U.S. passport is Form DS-11. This can be completed at the embassy or consulate.

Question: Which documents need to be provided?

Besides the application form, supporting documents include evidence of U.S. citizenship such as an original or certified copy of a birth certificate, an identification document and a recent passport photo.

Since the child's parents are in the United States and the child will be applying in Mexico, the parents need to provide the adult who takes the child to apply with notarized consent to apply and copies of valid photo identification documents.

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico

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Consent for 15-year-old
by: Person1

Question: What do I do about a consent form for my 15-year-old when the dad is not present in her life and could not sign? She is going with her grandma to Canada. Also, my 16 year old is getting a passport. Would he still need a consent form to go to Canada with his grandma? How should I go about this?

Answer: We removed your email address for security purposes.

Your 15-year-old may travel to Canada by land or sea with just her birth certificate and a statement of consent from both parents.

The 16-year-old does not need parental consent. Please contact Canada Border Service Agency for confirmation as entry requirements may change at any time.

by: Anonymous

Question: I was born in the United States of America, went back to when my mom and I were released from hospital. Am I a U.S. citizen?

Answer: You are a U.S. citizen by birth. Since you were born in the U.S., you should have a U.S. birth certificate.

Born in the U.S., raised in Germany
by: Cedric

Question: I was born in the U.S. My mother went back to Germany shortly after and raised me here. After her passing a while ago, I wanted to go back to the U.S. Can I just apply for a U.S. passport with my U.S. birth certificate?

Answer: Yes, you can. Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Berlin or any of the U.S. Consulates in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, and Munich for assistance in obtaining your passport.

Come back in France
by: Anonymous

Question: I am French married to a U.S. citizen. The marriage is a nightmare and I want to leave this country and go back in France. My son was born in the U.S. a month ago. What do I need to be able to leave? I know for the passport but do I need something else? I want to make sure that my husband never will be in his life, I don't ask money just our freedom.

Answer: We recommend that you speak to an attorney regarding your concern.

U.S. citizen married to Mexican national
by: Anonymous

Question: My sister is a U.S. citizen. She lives in Mexico and married a Mexican national. He has no visa and she is now having a baby in the U.S. How would she obtain a passport for her child if her husband will not be present at the birth since he has no visa to cross over? Should she name him on birth certificate?

Answer: The decision to name the father on the birth certificate is totally at the mother's discretion. If he is named, he may send a notarized statement of consent plus a photocopy of his ID for the mother to submit with the requirements for the child's passport.

Father's name on birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I put the father on the birth certificate even though he will not be there?

Answer: Yes, you can. However, please note that you will then share legal custody with the father and will need his consent for all major decisions made in behalf of the child until he/she comes of legal age.

Father is not in the birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter was born in the USA. Parents are married but the father will not be there, will she carry his surname?

Answer: Whether not not the child bears the father's surname depends on you.

The child's name on the passport should match the name on her birth certificate.

Child born overseas
by: Angela

Question: My niece is an American citizen who had her child abroad (Mexico). She has went to the consulate and embassy there to file the documents. She has receipt of the transaction and was told to wait for document by mail. Its been well over 3 months and she still has not received any such documents from them. What can she do now?

Answer: She may follow-up with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico.

I was born in the US, but brought to Mexico.
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I was born in the US, but was brought to Mexico. I am now 23 and want to come to the U.S., I just have my birth certificate and my SSN, (but just the number, the SSN card got lost). How do I do it? Thanks.

Answer: Your U.S. birth certificate may serve as citizenship. The challenge may be to present valid proof of identity.

Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico for further assistance.

Dad denied permission for passaport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. My cousin was born in the USA but lived all her life in Mexico and married a Mexican had two children born in Mexico. Now she’s back to the USA but is now separate from her husband. She wants to bring hers kids to the USA but her her husband is in denial. What can she do? Thanks for your answer.

Answer: The mother needs to contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico for assistance.

Will they let me back into the U.S?
by: Anonymous

Question: I was born & raised in the U.S but both of my parents are illegal. I’m 14 & I want to go to Mexico for a couple of days with my 28-year-old sister (she’s a u.s citizen). I’ve never crossed the border so I have no experience. I’m scared they won’t let me back in because my parents are illegal immigrants. Can that happen? Will they let me back into the U.S if I’m with my sister and if I have a passport?

Answer: You should be able to re-enter the United States as long as your U.S. passport is valid.

However, the Mexican government requires at least one parent complete a SAM (Formato de Salida de Menores) for all minors departing Mexico with a third party. Your sister is considered a third party. Please contact the Mexican Embassy for more information.

Filing for me
by: Anonymous

Question: My mother was born in America, but moved to Spain to live for about 20 years, can she still file for me (her daughter who lives in Spain)to have a permanent resident or citizenship?

Answer: Please contact the USCIS for assistance regarding your concern.

American half sister
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm trying to bring back my American sister who my mom took with her when she was 2. She is now 17 and waiting to turn 18 to be able to get her passport the only problem is that they are asking for a photo but she has no documents where a picture appears. We have her birth certificate, her baptism certificate and vaccine card. Does she still need a picture? If so how can she obtain one?

Answer: If you mean a photo ID, yes it is required. Proof of identity is one of the requirements to obtain a U.S. passport. This ID should be a government-issued ID. Her birth certificate will serve as evidence of U.S. citizenship. Please submit the original or a certified copy.

Please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate located in her current country of residence for further assistance.

U.S. Citizen by birth, grew up in the Philippines
by: Charm

Question: She was born in the USA, her biological father is American (but not indicated in her birth certificate because she was a illegitimate child) and her mother is a Filipino. She went to the Philippines when she was 2 and was registered as a Filipino by birth certificate. She has all of her U.S. documents with her (SS, birth certificate and expired passport). She was not able to go back, and now she is 21, could she still claim her citizenship? How will she go back to U.S. as a citizen? What would be the process?

Answer: She is not only a U.S. citizenship by parental relationship but by birth as well. Since she has a her U.S. birth certificate, it will not be a challenge to apply for her U.S. passport.

She needs to do this at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. Once she is issued a U.S. passport, she can travel to the United States without an issue.

To obtain my son’s passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I am no longer with my kid's father. He is not a U.S. citizen. How can I obtain my kid's passport? Can I submit the application on my own?

Answer: If the father's name is on the child's birth certificate, you still need his presence or consent to apply for your child's passport. It does not matter if he is a U.S. citizen or a foreign national.

Born in Vietnam but moved to US when I was 3
by: Anonymous

Question: I was born in Vietnam but moved to the US when I was only 3. Is there a rule or exception that qualifies me to be a US citizen? I am now 17. My parents are not citizens, but they are permanent residents as well as me. I held a permanent residency status for over 5 years. I know once you turn 18 you can just file the n-400 form yourself, but is there a way for we to acquire citizenship earlier?

Answer: A child born outside of the United States can acquire U.S. citizenship after birth if any one of the following conditions are met:

1. At least one parent is a U.S. citizen, the child is currently under 18 and residing in the U.S. in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent pursuant to lawful admission for permanent residence.

2. The child was residing as a Green Card holder in the U.S. and both parents naturalized before the child’s 18th birthday

3. The child was adopted by a U.S. citizen parent and resides legally in the U.S. in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent.

Since your parents are not U.S. citizens, you cannot acquire citizenship at this time. You may apply for your citizenship once you are of legal age.

Wanting to come back to the US
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi! My step sister and brother were born in Los Angeles, CA. Their mother took them to Mexico when they were very small. They want to come to visit but they don’t know how it works since they don’t have a passport and my brother lost his birth certificate. What can we possibly do to have them come visit since they were born here?

Answer: By law, U.S. citizens are required to use U.S. passports when re-entering the United States. You may assist your siblings by securing a copy of your brother's birth certificate from the LA Vital Records Office. Once this is done, they may apply for U.S. passports at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico.

Abducted Children
by: Anonymous

Question: My stepmother recently became a citizen. She has 2 children that were taken from her by her abusive-ex husband into Mexico. Her son is a U.S. citizen, but raised in Mexico. He is trying to leave. But the daughter was born in Mexico. Is there a way to get her a visa to come back without the consent of the father, because he is unstable and will possibly hurt them.

Answer: Please consult a lawyer regarding your issue.

Cousin wanting to study in the U.S.
by: Anonymous

Question: I have two cousins living in Peru. They both were born in the U.S. Their parents were born in Peru. They want to come back to receive an education here, living with me. They have their passport and their social security number. My question is if they need to take a test or fill out something to be accepted. Will there be any problems if they come? (not including the language barrier)

Answer: If your cousins have U.S. passports, they should have no problems entering the United States.

The testing depends on which institution they plan on attending.

Born in the USA
by: Anonymous

Question: My cousin was born I the USA 25 years ago, but her birth mother took her back to Mexico when she was only 5 days old. My cousin who is 25 and US-born doesn't have a U.S. social, birth certificate or passport since she was never raised here in the U.S. How can she get her birth certificate so she can come to the U.S? She also has a 4-year-old son who was born in Mexico but she not married. Wouldn't he become a U.S. citizen as she is born in the U.S?

Answer: Your cousin may request for a certified copy of her birth certificate from the vital records office of the city/state she was born in. Please contact the USCIS for assistance regarding her child's claim to U.S. citizenship.

My husband's son
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. My stepson is a U.S. citizen but his mom took him to Mexico when he was 1. He is now 10 and my husband wants to see him. Can I go get him from Mexico to come see his dad in the USA? Do I have to have both parents' consent or just my husband? And by land they only ask for a birth certificate, correct?

Answer: There are stringent rules in place for minors departing Mexico. According to the website of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, the Mexican National Immigration Institute (INM) requires special documentation with regard to minor (under 18 years of age) travel if:

-The minor is departing Mexico (i.e. not entering);
-The minor is traveling by air or sea;
-The minor is traveling alone or with someone other than a parent or legal guardian who is of legal age (grandparent, uncle/aunt, school group leader, etc.); and
-The minor is using Mexican documents to travel (birth certificate, passport, temporary or permanent Mexican residency).

The minor will be required to present a document showing the consent to travel from at least one parent (or legal guardian) in order to leave Mexico.

Also, the child needs a U.S. passport to re-enter the United States. This rule is applicable to all U.S. citizens regardless of age. While U.S. citizens will not be denied re-entry to the United States, you may face difficulties and delays at the border until the officials can ascertain the child's U.S. citizenship. The child's birth certificate will help establish his citizenship but it cannot guarantee a hassle-free entry.

Minor traveling back to the U.S. from Mexico alone
by: Anonymous

Question: My cousin is a U.S. citizen. His parents took him to Mexico when he was 3 and now he is 13. He wants to come live with me to have a better future. He already has his U.S. passport; what does he need to enter the country to live with me and would there be any problem since he is a minor??? Thanks in advance.

Answer: According to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico's website, a minor departing Mexico alone will be required to present a document showing the consent to travel from at least one parent (or legal guardian) in order to leave Mexico.

Daughter that was never returned from Mexico
by: Mother of 9

Question: I am desperately trying to bring my daughter back from Nayarit after her Aunt was supposed to go for two months and come back after my husband's tumor surgery. Somehow the aunt said her phone was damaged and my communication with my daughter was disconnected. Now, 7 years after, my daughter's husband was murdered, and through a friend she was able to connect with my son and I. I have been supporting my daughter since then and talking with her. I've since been trying to bring my daughter back and telling her that she belongs with me. The aunt cut our relationship and I really don't believe my daughter can be in a healthy environment plus she says she needs glasses and has dental issues. The aunt's excuse is that she's raised her so she's hers. I didn't abandon my daughter; she pretty much hid my daughters but I got the oldest back and need help to bring my youngest. I have full sole custody, and there uncle has been filling taxes with there social in the USA. What can I do to resolve this? I spoke to the United States council in Guadalajara and they say I allowed for this to happen and they can't help me if my daughter isn't in danger. I believe she is because her new spouse is a drug dealer.

Answer: Please consult your lawyer regarding the issue.

quiero estudiar a estados unidos pero no se como
by: Anonymous

Question: hola,tengo 16 años de edad soy de esrados unidos y quiero regresar a estudiar y practicar mi ingles, pero, mis padres no pueden acompañarme y no tengo quien pueda ser mi tutor mientras ago mi sño escolar, ¿hay progamas que me puedan ayudar?

Answer: Hay una serie de programas para mejorar el idioma Inglés que ofrecen las instituciones. Póngase en contacto con la escuela que está planeando estudiar para ver si ofrecen dichos cursos.

by: Anonymous

Question: I am 16 and were born in New York but my mom now moved to the Caribbean. I need a copy of my original birth certificate; all I have is a photocopy. I have my American passport. How do I go about getting my original birth certificate? My mom's visa is expired and she cannot return to the U.S.

Answer: Your U.S. passport attests to your citizenship but you cannot use it when applying for a new passport. This is because the passport was issued when you were a minor.

You need to contact the vital records office in New York for a certified copy of your birth certificate.

My little brothers are U.S. citizens but live in Mexico
by: Anonymous

Question: My little brothers are U.S. citizens but live in Mexico with their mom. Their mom is not a U.S. citizen but our dad is. They are trying to move back to the U.S. but need a U.S. passport. They have their birth certificates but I'm not sure if they have their SSN cards. Can they get a passport with just a birth certificate?

Answer: If they were born in the U.S. and have U.S. birth certificates, the birth certificates may be used for their passport applications. If they were born outside of the U.S, they need a Consular Report of Birth Abroad as evidence of U.S. citizenship.

The SSN is not a requirement for a passport application but the number needs to be indicated in the form. If the children do not have SSNs, the parents must submit a signed and dated statement which includes the phrase "I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: (Child's full name) has never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration."

We recommend that you contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico for further assistance.

Renewing passport for child born abroad but raised in US
by: Anonymous

Question: How do you renew a minor's passport who was born abroad with US citizenship and no birth certificate?

Answer: A previously-issued U.S. passport can be submitted as evidence of U.S. citizenship. For a list of other requirements, click here.

US citizenship
by: Anonymous

Question: I was born in the United States and my mother passed away in a tragic accident when I was 2 months old.My mothers body was taken to Mexico where she was born and I was taken with her. My aunt and uncle took care of me since I was 2 years old and registered me as their daughter in Mexico. They did it so I could attend school in Mexico. When I was 3 years old, my aunt and uncle decided to come to the United States to give me a better future. My uncle and aunt have raised me my whole life and I am wondering if I am able to fix my parents paper so they can be legally in the United States.

Answer: Please contact United States Citizenship and Immigration Services about the process of obtaining U.S. citizenship.

by: Herman

Question: I was born in El Paso Texas but my parents lived in Mexico at the time (Juarez). I was raised in Mexico for 13 years then we moved to El Paso. Now I'm 25 and applied for my passport( never saw the need for one) my application was declined due tho the fact that the midwife was found guilty of some weird stuff. Therefore everyone that was born in that house is submitted to additional investigation for me to prove that I was born in the US. But I don't have anything I was raised in Mexico and have no prove that I was born in the USA other than my Social security card and my birth certificate. Any ideas how I can fix this?

Answer: If your birth certificate meets the following requirements, it should be sufficient evidence of U.S. citizenship.

* Issued by the city, county, or state of birth
* Lists your full name, date of birth, and place of birth
* Lists your parent(s)' full names
* Has the date filed with registrar's office (must be within one year of birth)
* Has the registrar's signature
* Has the seal of the issuing authority

If it does not meet these requirements, then you must submit more than one of the following documents as secondary evidence of U.S. Citizenship.

* Delayed birth certificate (filed more than one year after your birth)
* Letter of No Record
* Early public or private documents
* Form DS-10, Birth Affidavit

Born in the US and raised in Saudi Arabia
by: Fatimah

Question: Hello, I was born in Texas before about 30 years. However, I raised for about 30 years in Saudi Arabia. Can I still get an American Passport? I looked up for our nearest embassy they say that I need a birth certificate which is I lost years ago,but I still have a certification of vital records. Also, they saw that I must have a social security number, and will deny if I don't have one, but as I said I raised in Saudi Arabia how can I get a social security number.

Answer: Please contact to order a certified copy of your birth certificate online. You can apply for a social security number at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh.

Sister want to come visit from Mexico
by: Anonymous

Question: My 12-year-old half-sister wants to come visit me and my other sister for the first time. She's never had a visa. I don't know where to start or what visa she should apply for. Which would be best?

Answer: For information about U.S. visas, click here.

American brother living in Mexico
by: Anonymous

Question: My half-brother is 19-years-old. He was taken to Mexico by his parents when he was young, maybe like 3-years-old. He wants to move to the US but he doesn't know where to start. I don't know what he needs to be able to come live over here. Me and my sister are both Americans living in the US. What can he do?

Answer: All U.S. citizens have the right to obtain a United States passport. In order to get a passport, he needs to schedule an appointment at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general.

He needs to submit a completed Form DS-11, an original or certified copy of his birth certificate, a valid photo ID, photocopy of his identification document, a recent passport photo and payment for fees.

Can my mom move back to the USA
by: Anonymous

Question: My mom and dad are from Mexico. They moved to the USA. I'm a US citizen. I'm 12. We moved back to Mexico 5 years ago. My mom wants to go back to the USA to live. Can she? Since I was born in the USA and my mom in Mexico, can she move back to the USA?

Answer: Please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for answer to questions about immigrating to the United States.

Child born in US with a U.S. Passport, traveling from Mexico to unaccompanied.
by: Anonymous

Question: Can a U.S. citizen minor that lives in Mexico present a notarized letter of consent of each parents to travel and stay with a relative while visiting the U.S. The parents are divorced and live in different states. The minor lives with his mother. Thank you for your quick response.

Answer: Yes, the minor can travel to the U.S. with a letter of consent from the parents. Please contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general for information about consent forms and notary services.

What documents do I need
by: Anonymous

Question: My cousin is 19 and was born in the USA. Her parents took her to Mexico at atge 7. She wants to know what she can do to come over here but doesn't have any type of ID from Mexico or USA other than her pictures from school and birth certificate.

Answer: Your cousin can apply for a U.S. passport at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general. She must submit a completed Form DS-11, evidence of U.S. citizenship, proof of ID, one passport photo and payment for fees. She can contact the embassy or consulate for more information.

by: Anonymous

Question: My brother and sister were born in the U.S. but my brought them to Mexico. They have SSNs. Now they are past 18 years of age. Can they get a passport to return from Mexico?

Answer: U.S. citizenship is automatically granted to any person born in the United States. Your brother and sister should apply for passports at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Living in Mexico and trying to get a US passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My child was born in the US but I brought him to live in Mexico for 5 years. The only problem is he doesn't have a Social Security card because an uncle returned it. Now I'm struggling to get his SSN. They told me that getting a passport and information I could get his number. Can I get my son a U.S. passport without a SSN? Can it help him to get his SSN? I'm a US citizen, too. Thank you for your response.

Answer: Please contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. They can assist you in obtaining a passport and Social Security card for your son. For more information, visit the website of the Embassy of Mexico.

Travel to Mexico
by: Anonymous

Question: Both my parents are in Mexico. I don't have a passport to go visit for the summer. I'm 15 and plan to go by plane with no guardian. i have my school ID and birth certificate. I was born and raised in the United States. Can I still go to Mexico with no passport and no guardian?

Answer: A valid passport is required for you to travel to Mexico by air. You should schedule an appointment at an application acceptance facility and appear with an adult. You will need to submit the following:

* Completed, unsigned Form DS-11
* Original or certified copy of birth certificate
* One passport photo
* Notarized consent to apply from each parent
* Photocopy of each parent's identification document

Your parents can complete Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent and have it notarized at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or one of the consulate generals.

Passport for child born in the United States but raised abroad
by: Anonymous

Question: Child was born in United States but lives in the Philippines since 1yr old. Now I want to take the child here in United States, I want to apply for a passport for the child, What do I need to apply? and if I can't find the father to sign the consent form, what do I need to do? Does the guardian in the Philippines needs some kind of consent letter or form for me to sign? If the consulate needs an evidence of guardianship, what kind? If no court ruling and just agreed upon two parent at the time the child was brought to the Philippines, now that the father of the child has no known address, what type of information, forms, consent do I need to fill out.

Question: The child whould appear in person at the U.S. Embassy in Manila with an adult. The adult should submit a completed Form DS-11 and all required documents to get a minor's passport.

This person also needs to submit notarized consent from both parents and a copy of each parent's identification document.

When one parent is absent and cannot be located, the applying parent can submit Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances.

The statement must explain in detail the non-applying parent's or guardian's unavailability and recent efforts made to contact the non-applying parent. The applying parent also may be required to provide evidence (e.g., custody order, incarceration order, restraining order) to document his/her claim of exigent or special circumstance.

For more information, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila here.

Minor child traveling from Manila to US to live
by: Anonymous

Question: The minor child already has a US passport. I am asking if that is all he needs to travel to US to live with his Father? The Mother is on drugs and had abandoned the child. She wrote and had notarized a letter of surrender letting her child live in the US with his Father. My question is not about a US passport. The child has this already. Does he need a Filipino passport also? He was born and raised in Philippines. His father is a US citizen who lives in Florida. Thanks.

Answer: In order for the child to travel to the United States, he will need a valid U.S. passport and notarized consent from his mother to travel.

Since he is also a Filipino citizen, he may also require a travel clearance from the Philippines' Department of Social Welfare and Development.

You should also check the airline's regulations concerning the travel of minors on international flights.

Child in Phillipines traveling to US to live
by: Anonymous

Question: My boyfriend's son was born and raised in the Phillipines. The mother has abandoned him and is on drugs. His Father is a US citizen. Always has been and has always lived in the US. Does this 12 year old child need a Phillipine passport and a US passport to fly to the US to live with his Father? Does he need clearance or not? We don't want to buy the plane ticket until we have all documents.

Answer: The minor has rights to both U.S. and Filipino citizenships by birth. All U.S. citizens must enter the United States with a U.S. passport.

To get a U.S. passport, the child will need evidence of U.S. citizenship. Since he was born abroad and is under age 18, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad should be obtain from the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

Only the child's biological parent or legal guardian, preferably the U.S. citizen parent, can apply for a CRBA. Once he has this document, he can apply for a U.S. passport.

Both parents must appear to apply for a minor child's passport. If only one parent appears, then the applying parent must submit evidence of sole legal custody or notarized consent from the non-applying parent.

We recommend the minor also obtain his Filipino passport.

Unless the father has been awarded sole legal custody, the minor will probably require notarized consent from the mother or legal guardian to travel.

For more information, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

Raised abroad but request the passport like living in the USA
by: Anonymous

Question: In a conversation with a parent that lives in Mexico, tells me that he requested the passport for her daughter, but he made all process like if he living in the USA, he put an address of a family, so the document can be mailed, with this he doesn't go to the US consulate in Mexico. what kind of future issues could this cause or is eligible for a fine. thanks for your response.

Answer: If the application was sent to the United States from outside the U.S., the passport will not be issued. The parent can take the daughter to the U.S. consulate to submit another application.

What do I do to bring my daughters back from Mexico?
by: Anonymous

Question: My two daughter's have been in Mexico for 6 years with there grandmother. When we went there we drove and they didn't need a passport. Now I want to bring them back and don't know how to go about it. I went to the post office and got the applications and I have their passport pitcures because I was just there visiting. I have everything I need saying that they were born here except shot records. How and what do I need to do to get their passports to bring them here.

Answer: If your daughters are age 15 or younger, passports are not required. U.S. citizen children ages 15 and under arriving by land from Mexico may present an original or certified copy of his or her birth certificate. While a passport is not required, it is recommended. You can apply at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general in Mexico. For a list of required documents, click here.

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Jet lag is almost certain if you travel across several time zones. Discover how to minimize the effects of jet lag for every age group and ensure a more rewarding family trip.