Children born to dual UK-US citizen parents in the UK are usually entitled to apply for a US passport, through the automatic acquisition of US citizenship from one of the parents at birth. However, in some extreme cases, the UK citizen parent wishes the child not to be issued a US passport without their consent such as during child custody disputes when there is a fear that the child will be kidnapped and taken out of the UK without the other parent’s consent. How can you prevent your UK resident dual UK-US citizen child from being issued a US passport without your consent?
US Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Programme (CPIAP)
If you are afraid that your child’s US citizen parent will take your child abroad to America, or elsewhere, without your consent, you can request that your child’s name be entered into the US Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Programme (CPIAP).
According to the Embassy of the United States in London, the CPIAP is a service offered to the parents or legal guardians of minor children. By entering your child into the CPIAP, this allows the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues to notify the parent or legal guardian when a US passport is issued to that parent or legal guardian. In addition, the parent or legal guardian must submit a written request for their child’s name to be entered into the CPIAP, and provide supporting documentation to back up their claims.
Where to Submit a Request
If you wish to enter your child’s name into the CPIAP, send your written request to the following address:
American Citizen Services
24 Grosvenor Square
London W1A 2LQ
Minor dual UK-US children who are ordinarily resident in the UK are usually entitled to apply for a US passport. However, in extreme cases, such as during child custody disputes, the UK citizen parent may submit a written request to enter their child’s name into the US Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Programme (CPIAP) to prevent their child from being issued a US passport without their knowledge and consent, if they are afraid that the document will be used to kidnap them and take them out of the UK.
Embassy of the United States, London, UK. US Citizen Children.