Ask the Consul

Ask the Consul provides responses to frequently asked questions relating to consular issues.

Passport FAQs

  1. Can I renew my U.S. passport in Grenada?

Yes. Embassy Grenada provides passport services to American Citizens Monday through Thursday except on U.S. and local holidays, by appointments only.

  1. How long does it usually take to get a U.S. passport?

Processing generally takes 7-10 days from the date of receipt for passport applications submitted in Grenada.

  1. When should I renew my passport?

You may renew your passport at any time before or after it expires.

  1. Will I get my old passport back when I renew it?

Yes. In nearly all cases, your old passport will be cancelled and returned to you with the new one.  Please keep all old passports in a safe place as they provide valuable information about your past travel; do not throw them away or otherwise dispose of them.  If we are not able to return your old passport for any reason, we will discuss this with you at the time of application.

  1. How do I renew my adult passport in Grenada?

Please visit pptform.state.gov, complete the passport application wizard and print the pdf form generated at the end. Applicants must bring the application form, current passport, and two passport sized photos to their interview. To schedule an interview please call (473)444-1173 and leave a message.

  1. How do I renew my child’s passport in Grenada?

Please visit pptform.state.gov, complete the passport application wizard and print the pdf form generated at the end. Parent (s)/ Guardian (s) must present the child’s original birth certificate, current passport, two passport sized photos, and developmental photos if the last passport photo was taken before the age of 5. If both parents’ names are listed on the passport, both need to be present. If one parent is unable to appear for the interview, a consent form (DS-3053) must be notarized and given to the applying parent. To schedule an interview please call (473)444-1173 and leave a message.

  1. Does a child need to be present at the interview to renew their passport?

Yes, all applicants must be present at an interview with the U.S. Embassy to renew their passport. The Embassy accepts appointments on Monday afternoons to facilitate students in school.

  1. My passport was lost or stolen. How do I apply for a new passport?

Please visit pptform.state.gov, complete the passport application wizard and print the pdf forms (DS-11 and DS-62) generated at the end. Applicants must bring the application form, photocopy of lost/stolen passport (if available), photo I.D, police report (if available), birth certificate, and two passport sized photos to their interview. To schedule an interview please call (473)444-1173 and leave a message.

  1. My passport was damaged. How can I replace it?

Please visit pptform.state.gov, complete the passport application wizard and print the pdf form generated at the end. Applicants must bring the application form, the damaged passport, photo I.D and two passport sized photos to their interview. To schedule an interview please call (473)444-1173 and leave a message.

  1. I am travelling soon, how do I get an expedited passport?

The U.S. Embassy is able to issue emergency (limited validity) passports to facilitate travel for genuine emergencies only.  Genuine emergencies must be explained, and discretion is used to determine what constitutes an emergency. Bearers must apply again for a full validity passport upon completion of the emergency travel.

  1. When I am filling out a U.S. passport application, can I select the “expedite fee” option by paying an additional fee?

No.  All passports printed for citizens abroad are automatically expedited and additional options are not available when you apply from outside the United States.

  1. My child was born in Grenada to a U.S. parent(s), how can I apply for a passport for the child?

Please see our FAQs on Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).

  1. I was issued a Social Security Number (SSN) but cannot remember it. Do I have to provide it on my passport application?

Providing a social security number on the passport application is mandatory if the applicant has been issued a number.  If you cannot remember the SSN assigned to you, please contact the Regional Social Security Administration’s office in Santo Domingo by email at FBU.SantoDomingo@ssa.gov with your full name, date of birth, place of birth, parents’ full names and current address to find out your SSN.

If they reply saying no number exists, write 000-00-0000 on the application form and bring the email with you to the interview at the Embassy as proof.

  1. I am running low on passport pages. Can I apply to have additional pages added to my passport?

No, additional passport pages are no longer available as of December 31, 2015.  If you are running low on passport pages, we recommend you apply for a new passport.

  1. I would like to change my name in my U.S. passport. How do I change the name on my passport?

If you wish to have your passport changed to reflect a name change, you must provide evidence to support your name change such as an original or certified true copy of a marriage certificate or court order.  This must be provided at your passport renewal interview at the U.S. Embassy. To schedule an interview please call (473)444-1173 and leave a message.

Consular Report of Birth Abroad FAQs

  1. My child was born outside of the United States and I am a U.S. citizen, what do I need to do?

As U.S. citizen parent(s), you should report your child’s birth abroad as soon as possible to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for an official record called Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  A Consular Report of Birth can only be prepared at a U.S. embassy or consulate.  It cannot be prepared if the child is 18 years of age or older at the time the application is made.  This document establishes your child’s claim to U.S. citizenship at birth.  Please refer to our CRBA page for detailed information.

  1. Could you please check our documents to see if these are sufficient to apply for the CRBA/passport? We live down south and we certainly do not want to take another trip to the embassy.

Unfortunately, we cannot preview your documents or provide you with an answer before the actual interview. As individual circumstances differ, please bring all of the necessary documents requested on our website and that you have available to the interview.  The interviewing officer will determine whether the submitted documents are sufficient or not.

  1. How long does it usually take to get a consular report of birth abroad (CRBA)?

Upon receipt of a completed application, processing generally takes two weeks or more for a CRBA.  However, if you are applying for both CRBA and U.S. passport, the average combined processing time is approximately one month.

  1. I was issued a Consular Report of Birth Abroad at the U.S. Embassy in Grenada, but I misplaced it. How do I obtain a new one?

The embassy office does not keep Consular Report of Birth Abroad records and forwards all documentation to the Department of State.  Please refer to the Department of State website for information about how to replace a Consular Report of Birth Abroad.

  1. How to obtain an amended Consular Report of Birth Abroad?

The embassy office does not keep Consular Report of Birth Abroad records and forwards all documentation to the Department of State.  Please refer to the Department of State website for information about how to replace a Consular Report of Birth Abroad.

Notarial FAQs

  1. Can I request an emergency notarial service at the Embassy?

No, notarial services are provided by appointment only.  Notarial needs are not considered to be an emergency.  If you arrive at the Embassy for a notarial service without an appointment, you will not be allowed to enter.

  1. What is the processing time for getting my documents notarized?

As long as you have the documents in good order, the notary seal will be provided at the end of the interview.

  1. Can I get fingerprints and FBI background check apostille service at the U.S. Embassy?

Unfortunately, the embassy cannot assist with obtaining criminal background checks.  You can get a copy of your FBI record by submitting a written request to the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) website.

  1. Can the embassy help me to get an apostille or authentication of my academic records?

No. Effective January 1, 1983, the U.S. Department of State and our embassies and consulates abroad ceased to authenticate or apostille academic credentials, transcripts or degrees.

  1. What do I need to bring in order to get documents notarized?

Please bring a valid photo ID along with the documents after you make an appointment with us.

  1. I am trying to obtain an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for my foreign-born spouse so we can file our taxes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS form states that I need a certified copy of my spouse’s foreign passport. Can the U.S. Embassy do this for me?

Yes, the U.S. Embassy can certify copies of foreign passports for the purpose of obtaining an ITIN.  You should bring the IRS form, passport and any other supporting documents to the appointment.

Social Security FAQs

  1. Where do I contact to inquire about social security related questions or concerns? Is there a Social Security Administration office at the U.S. Embassy in Grenada?

The U.S. Embassy in Grenada is not a Social Security claims-processing post.  The Social Security Administration’s regional office is located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  For any inquiries regarding social security such as social security benefits, status of your social security card application, required documentation, social security claims, etc., please contact:

Federal Benefits Unit
American Embassy Av. Republica de Colombia # 57
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic
Phone: 506-2519-2228
Fax: 809-368-7854
Email: FBU.SantoDomingo@ssa.gov

You will need to provide the following information:

Your full name, date of birth, place of birth, parents’ full names and current address.

For comprehensive information on SSA’s services abroad, please visit SSA’s webpage, https://www.ssa.gov/foreign/

Green Card FAQs

For any information on Green Cards please call 1 (246)623-9832/9833, or email BridgetownIV@state.gov