In many cases, when families travel together, parents as well as children need to obtain a passport. However, the application requirements for minors and children is different than the requirements for adult passport applicants. For minors, parents need to provide their consent as well as apply on behalf of the child. In many cases, in order for a child to get a passport, one of the parents has to be the applying parent. This means that they appear with the child in court and apply for a passport on behalf of the child. In addition, there is a non-applying parent, who gives their mission or consent in order for the passport to be issued.
Immigration Form DS-3053 (Statement of Consent) can be used either by the applying or non-applying parent whenapplying for a passport for a child or a minor. Form DS-3053 is completed by the applying parent in cases where the consent of the non-applying parents cannot be secured by writing. More commonly, Form DS3053 is filed by the non-applying parent in cases where the applying parent cannot appear in court with the child.
It is important to submit Form DS 3053 with a child’s passport application and to ensure that USCIS Form DS-3053 is correctly dated and notarized by a notary public. Immigration Form DS-3053 must be correctly filled out and properly filed in order for the minor to be issued a passport.
There are many precautions in place to ensure that Form DS-3053 can help prevent child abduction and non-custodial parent child abduction, especially international child abduction. In the past, some non-custodial parents have been able to secure a passport for a child and secret them out of the country without the other parent being aware. Once outside the jurisdiction of the US, it became much harder for US authorities to track these missing children.
Form DS-3053 helps to change that. One of the precautions of the form is that parents must submit detailed information about themselves, provide copies of their identification, and provide details about their children when filing Form DS-3053. As well, Form DS-3053 must now be notarized by a notary public before being filed. In addition, since two parents must be involved in issuing a passport, there is less risk that one parent can secure a passport quietly and sneak a child out of the country in order to violate the other parent’s custodial rights. USCIS Form DS-3053 (Statement of Consent) ensures that both parents are involved in the filing of a passport for a child and that one parent cannot easily remove a child from the US without the other parent being alerted.
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