A already has her British passport but as her daddy is American, we needed to get her American one as well as a social security number ( so she can pay taxes to the US government on her worldwide income, lucky thing!). I imagined this was not going to be fun, hours queuing, endless forms etc. Well it wasn’t that complicated at all!
If you are in the same situation, here is how it works and some tips.
You download the forms and make an appointment online here: http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new/acs/passports/
Tip 1: try and get as early an appointment as possible as the wait is shorter.
Tip 2: be very careful filling in the forms, everything goes so much quicker if there are no mistakes!
Our appointment was for 8AM, the most stressful part of the journey was getting on the tube with a buggy during rush hour.
We arrived at Grosvenor Square around 7.45AM, you then have to get in the right queue before going through security:
We ended up giving A breakfast in her buggy before it started to rain!
You get asked what time your appointment is and then this is the process:
- Go through airport style security. Tip 3: you have to take everything off and out of the buggy so be prepared for that or everybody will hate you for holding them up!
- You then enter the embassy and hand in the forms along with supporting documents. Tip 4: bring the LONG COPY OF THE BABY’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE! this wasn’t clear to us but I had a feeling we would need it, not just the short original. the long one gives both parents names and lots more info than the short one. We also brought our passports and proof of my husband living in the US (old tax returns).
- You pay for the delivery courier and they give you a number
- You go upstairs to the waiting room that is very kid friendly:
- you get called to hand in the forms, you pay $205 for the passport and social security number. The you wait and then get called back again once they have checked the forms to swear on oath they are correct and sign the forms. DO NOT SIGN THE FORMS BEFORE THEN
- We got there around 7.45 and left at 9.25AM, which was much earlier than I had anticipated. We should get the passport in about 3 weeks and the social security card in 2 months.
The next day, Arabella decided to live her to new American nationality and be an “awesome winner” and start crawling!
For the past 2 months she has been trying to crawl and mainly been going backwards so when they happened, I was super excited!
A few hours later, she was already getting better at it and now I can’t stop her! These mats really helped, I highly recommend them as you can customize them to spell their name, choose the colours etc… ( you can buy them here)
Daddy has been away whiskey tasting for nearly a week, A can’t wait to show him her new skills and I can’t wait to go somewhere fabulous for a week next year in exchange!
I love my American girl!