You will need to provide a photocopy of your birth certificate
and a photocopy of the birth certificate of each family member
applying with you. Please be advised that each of the birth
certificates must include all of the following information:
- Applicant's Full Name
- Full Date of birth (Month, Day and Year)
- Place of birth (City, Province/State if applicable, country)
- Full Name of Mother (BOTH First Name and Last Name - maiden
or married name.) Both first name and last name must be
spelled out. An initial is not sufficient.
- Full Name of Father (Both First Name and Last Name.) Both
first name and last name must be spelled out. An initial
is not sufficient.
Birth documentation must comply with the State Department
Foreign Affairs Manual ("FAM"), which specifies documents
required and available from each country. Please click on
the following link to view the FAM. To view the FAM, click
A Birth Certificate is available from most countries. The
FAM will specify when a birth certificate is not available;
in some cases, the FAM will describe what alternative documentation,
if any, may be submitted in place of a birth certificate.
For example, individuals born in India may submit affidavits
of birth and certificates of nonavailability as described
below. Birth certificates issued by consulates are not acceptable.
For countries that issue Long Form birth certificates
(including U.K. and Canada): For immigration purposes,
you must obtain a copy of your "long form" birth
certificate, which includes all of the information mentioned
above, including your parents' full names. Extracts, abridged
versions and wallet-size birth certificate cards are not acceptable
for immigration purposes.
If a birth certificate exists but does not contain all of
the required information as stated above, or was registered
more than one year after the birth, alternative documentation
must be submitted. Acceptable alternative documentation includes
church or school records, or sworn affidavits. For a sample
affidavit by both parents, click below.
Sample Affidavit by
Alternatively, if either or both parents are not living,
then the missing affidavit(s) can be signed by any other close
relative older than the applicant, who is not party to the
application and who has direct knowledge of the birth event
and circumstances. Two affidavits are required. For a sample
of the affidavit, click below.
by Close Relative
The affidavit must specify the relationship between the signer
and the applicant, how well the signer knows the applicant,
date and place of the applicant's birth, the names of both
parents, and any other related facts. The affidavit must be
signed and notarized. For a sample affidavit by a close relative,
click on the link above. The affidavit can be modified accordingly.
Certificate of Non-Availability:
When a birth certificate does not exist, an affidavit of
birth should be accompanied by a "Certificate of Non-availability"
issued by a competent governmental authority confirming that
the birth certificate does not exist. There is no set format
for certificates of non-availability, but the document must
indicate the reason the record does not exist, and indicate
whether similar records for the time and place are available.
If a birth certificate is not available and the FAM does not
specify which documents should be submitted in place of the
birth certificate, acceptable alternative documentation (in
addition to the certificate of nonavailability) includes church
or school records, or sworn affidavits.
Any document containing foreign language submitted to the
USCIS must be accompanied by the full English translation,
which the translator has certified as complete and accurate,
and the translator must certify that s/he is competent to
translate from the foreign language into English. The translation
must be done by a third party (non-family member).
Certification of Translation
I, ________________________, certify that I am familiar with
the English and ___________________________languages, and
certify that the above is a correct and accurate translation
of the following documents attached hereto.
Date :______________________ ______________________________