CRBA – Processing times and return of documents

Processing times and return of documents

After your interview and approval notification, the estimated processing time for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)and first passport is approximately 15 working days for applicants born in Greece.

If your child was born in a different country, the application will be sent to to the U.S. Embassy or U.S. consulate covering that location.  Processing time could be several months.

Note: There is no expedited service for a CRBA, but in case of emergency or urgent travel, we may be able to issue an emergency passport.

You will receive your child’s passport and CRBA via courier as per the instructions provided at your interview.

The social security card will arrive separately and most likely months later, as it comes directly to you from the Social Security Administration office based in the United States.  The Consular Section does not have any information regarding the status of the social security application.  Contact the Athens-based Federal Benefits Unit at