We advise that both parents should be present at the appointment. However, we recognize that it may not be possible in all cases.
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). 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.
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 or Personbevis granting sole custody to the applying parent (i.e the absent parent has no access to the child.);
- 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). 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.