Citizenship Services

Welcome to the Passport & Citizenship Unit of the U.S. Embassy Athens.  We provide services for United States Citizens resident in Greece.  These services are by appointment only; there is no walk-in service related to passports, citizenship, or birth registration.  The Unit is closed to the public on U.S. and Greek public holidays.

 

What Service Do You Require?

If you have been issued any of the following documents, you may immediately begin your application for your first U.S. passport. If you are no longer in possession of any of these documents, you must obtain a certified copy from the issuing authority.

A U.S. Birth Certificate – for certified copies, please contact the state in which you were born. The National Center for Health Statistics maintains a list of states’ contact information for this purpose;

A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) – for certified copies, please contact the Passport Services Office at the Department of State;

A Certification of Birth (Form FS-545 or DS-1350) – this document is no longer issued.  Instead you may request multiple copies of your Consular Report of Birth Abroad from the Department of State.

A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship – for certified copies, please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;

A U.S. Naturalization Certificate – for certified copies, please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;

A passport of your U.S. citizen parent(s) in which you are included – for a copy of your parents’ passport records, please contact the Passport Services Office at the Department of State.

Once you are in possession of one of the listed documents, please see our instructions for applying for your first U.S. passport.

If you were born outside the United States, have not been previously documented as a U.S. citizen and are:

under the age of 18: please see our instructions for obtaining a  Consular Report of Birth Abroad;

over the age of 18: you should review the information concerning  transmission requirements to see if your parent(s) had the prerequisite physical presence in the United States required by U.S. citizenship law in effect at that time. If, based on this information, you believe you have a claim to U.S. citizenship, please click here and follow the instructions provided.

Legal Requirements

Review legal requirements and possible expatriating acts before beginning this processLoss of U.S. citizenship is a serious and irrevocable act which deserves your thoughtful consideration. It is imperative that you fully understand the nature of its consequences prior to requesting a Certificate of Loss of Nationality. Please note that the action you are taking is irrevocable. For questions related to possible tax implications, please contact the Internal Revenue Service. For questions related to Social Security or other federal benefits, please contact Athens Federal Benefits Unit.

Remember that expatriation can never be exercised by another person, including parents and/ or legal guardians.

Step 1:  Familiarize yourself with the consequences of Loss of Nationality and determine whether you wish to renounce or relinquish your citizenship.  Gather all of the required documents listed under renunciation or relinquishment, whichever you decide is appropriate for you..

Step 2:  Email AthensAmericanPassports@state.gov with all required documents attached.  Request a phone or in person appointment with the consular officer.

Step 3:  Attend the informational interview via phone or in person with the consular officer who will ensure you are fully aware of the consequences.

Step 4:  Email AthensAmericanPassports@state.gov to schedule the appointment to pay fees and execute the documents in front of the consular officer.

Step 5:  After the fees are paid and documents executed, we will forward the package to the Department of State for review.  We will contact you via email when we receive the response.  This process may take several months.

Step 6:  Assuming approval, we will schedule an appointment for you to pick up the Loss of Nationality Certificate at the Embassy.

RENUNCIATION:
To apply for expatriation under Section 349 (a)(5) of Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), please submit the following:

Required documents

  1. Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (such as your most recent U.S. passport or U.S. birth certificate, if you are not in possession of your U.S. passport)
  2. U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad, if applicable
  3. Bio-pages of all current foreign passports
  4. Certificates of Naturalization for any country, including the United States, if applicable
  5. Certificates of Citizenship for any country, including the United States, if applicable
  6. Evidence of any name changes, if applicable (for instance marriage or divorce certificates, court orders or deed polls)

RELINQUISHMENT:

In the event that you committed a potential Expatriation Act with the intent to lose U.S. citizenship as described in Sections 349 (a)(1)-(4) and (6)(7) of the INA, please submit the following:

Required documents

  1. Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (such as your most recent U.S. passport or U.S. birth certificate, if you are not in possession of your U.S. passport)
  2. U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad, if applicable
  3. Bio-pages of all current foreign passports
  4. Certificates of Naturalization for any country, including the United States, if applicable
  5. Certificates of Citizenship for any country, including the United States, if applicable
  6. Evidence of any name changes, if applicable (for instance marriage or divorce certificates, court orders or deed polls)
  7. Completed form DS-4079 – download the form from the Department of State website: state.gov/Forms/ds4079.pdf

Fees

 Non-refundable fee of $2,350 or equivalent in Euros payable in cash or major credit/ debit card at the time of the appointment.

Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview.  Attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant is subject to the following parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application(s):

o   Given space limitations in the consular section, not more than one attendee at a time will be allowed to accompany an applicant (or the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is a minor).

o   Attendance by an attorney does not excuse the applicant and/or the minor applicant’s parent or guardian from attending the appointment interview in person.

o   The manner in which a passport or CRBA appointment interview is conducted, and the scope and nature of the inquiry, shall at all times be at the discretion of the consular officer, following applicable Departmental guidance.

o   It is expected that attorneys will provide their clients with relevant legal advice prior to, rather than at, the appointment interview, and will advise their clients prior to the appointment interview that the client will participate in the appointment interview with minimal assistance.

o   Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.

o   Attendees other than a parent or guardian accompanying a minor child may not answer a consular officer’s question on behalf or in lieu of an applicant, nor may they summarize, correct, or attempt to clarify an applicant’s response, or interrupt or interfere with an applicant’s responses to a consular officer’s questions.

o   To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.

o   The consular officer has sole discretion to determine the appropriate language(s) for communication with the applicant, based on the facility of both officer and applicant and the manner and form that best facilitate communication between the consular officer and the applicant.  Attendees may not demand that communications take place in a particular language solely for the benefit of the attendee.  Nor may attendees object to or insist on the participation of an interpreter in the appointment interview, to the qualifications of any interpreter, or to the manner or substance of any translation.

o   No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.

o   Attendees may not object to a consular officer’s question on any ground (including that the attendee regards the question to be inappropriate, irrelevant, or adversarial), or instruct the applicant not to answer a consular officer’s question.  Attendees may not interfere in any manner with the consular officer’s ability to conduct all inquiries and fact-finding necessary to exercise his or her responsibilities to adjudicate the application.

o   During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.

o   Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.

o   Attendees may not engage in any other conduct that materially disrupts the appointment interview.  For example, they may not yell at or otherwise attempt to intimidate or abuse a consular officer or staff, and they may not engage in any conduct that threatens U.S. national security or the security of the embassy or its personnel.  Attendees must follow all security policies of the Department of State and the U.S. embassy or consulate where the appointment interview takes place.

Attendees may not engage in any conduct that violates this policy and/or otherwise materially disrupts the appointment interview.  Failure to observe these parameters will result in a warning to the attendee and, if ignored, the attendee may be asked to leave the appointment interview and/or the premises, as appropriate.  It would then be the applicant’s choice whether to continue the appointment interview without the attendee present, subject to the consular officer’s discretion to terminate the appointment interview.  The safety and privacy of all applicants awaiting consular services, as well as of consular and embassy personnel, is of paramount consideration.