If only one parent can attend

If one custodial parent is not able to attend, s/he must submit a notarized Form DS-3053 Statement of Consent. The form can be downloaded here (PDF 53KB).  At the time the DS-3053 form is presented, a copy of the same identity document used to notarize the form must also be provided. Form DS-3053 may be notarized at a KEP office or before local police authorities.

Alternatively, the applying parent may furnish one of the following documents:

  • Child’s birth certificate listing only applying parent;
  • Adoption decree (if applying parent is sole adopting parent);
  • Court Order granting sole custody to the applying parent (i.e the absent parent has no access to the child.  Child’s travel must not be restricted by that order;
  • Judicial declaration of incompetence of non-applying parent, or death certificate of non-applying parent.

If the parents were not married at the time of the child’s birth and the U.S. citizen father is not able to attend the appointment, Form DS-5507 Affidavit of Parentage, Physical Presence and Support is required.  The form can be downloaded here (PDF 115KB). The form must be completed, signed and notarized, and should be presented along with a copy of the same identity document used to notarize the form.