You will need an Original birth certificate for filing the USA green card apart from other documents for i-485 filing.
A birth certificate should have this information:
- Full Name
- Date of birth (dd/MM/yyyy format is acceptable)
- Place of birth (Village, City or state name acceptable)
- Mother and Father’s Full Name
- The issuing agency’s official seal
- Registration date – must be within one year of your birth (365 days).
- Birth certificate Issue date – This can be anytime after your birth including the current date.
This article will discuss:
Birth Certificate From Home Country
We will take an example of India for the purpose of getting birth certificate. The process might be similar in most asian countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and China.
Even if the process of agency that issues birth certificate in your country is different, the content is same.
Birth Certificate from India
Every Indian state has its own process but most of them follow the same process. Your local municipality is responsible for issuing the birth certificate.
These days, most of them have digitalized their records from the past and they should be able to find your birth record from the 1980s. Some of them have also created an online service to request a birth certificate.
Here is a sample birth certificate issued by the Municipality of Delhi in India.
Your birth certificate is acceptable for the USA green card i-485 or I-130 family green card application as long as it has the text written in English.
If the birth certificate is written in any native language like Hindi, Tamil, Gujrati, Telugu, Chinese, Urdu, etc., then you should get it translated preferably by professional translators.
- Professional translators in the USA usually charge about $20 a page.
- Any of your friends who knows both your native and English language can also translate it for you. USCIS allows non-professional translators too.
Sample Translation Cover Letter
PLACE Signature of authorized person
No Birth Certificate Available
If you do not have a birth certificate, then you would need to provide two secondary documents:
#1 Letter of no Birth record available (NABC)
The best option is to get a letter from your home country authority like the municipality in India that they have no record and cannot issue a birth certificate for you.
Sample letter of no birth certificate availability
This letter should be printed on the official authority’s letterhead.
The municipality of CITY_NAME/ Government department has no record of birth registration of Mr/Ms. YOUR_NAME as of CURRENT_DATE.
PLACE Signature of authorized person
#2 Notarized Affidavits from Parent/Neighbors/Relatives
The affidavit should mention the details of your birth as recalled by this person.
Your mom and dad can write these affidavits for you. If they are not alive, you can ask any of your close relative who is older than you to write these.
Two separate persons should write this and describe the place, date, and method of your birth as known to them.
These affidavits should have the details of the person who is writing it:
- Full name, address, date, and place of birth
- Their relationship with you
- How do they know you
- Date and place of your birth
- Names of your father and mother
Sample Birth Certificate Affidavit
I, AFFIDAVIT WRITER NAME son of Mr. AFFIDAVIT WRITER FATHER NAME, born on AFFIDAVIT WRITER DATE OF BIRTH residing at AFFIDAVIT WRITER FULL ADDRESS do solemnly certify:
- I have known YOUR NAME from the time of birth.
- His/her mother’s full name is YOUR MOTHER FULL NAME and father’s full name is YOUR FATHER NAME.
- YOUR NAME was born on YOUR DATE OF BIRTH at YOUR FULL ADDRESS.
- I was their neighbor/relative EXACT RELATIONSHIP from START DATE to END DATE while they were still residing at YOUR ADDRESS IN HOME COUNTRY.
You cannot use a birth certificate issued by the Indian embassy for Green card application in the USA.
As a matter of fact, nobody can use their Embassy issued birth certificate to file their i-485 or i-130 green card applications.
The same name on passport and birth certificate is good to have.
If the name has changed after birth, then you should have all the proofs of the name change.
For example, if your name has changed after marriage, you can show the name change using the passport and marriage certificate.
The birth certificate is required to have your full name.
If you have just one first name printed, you can get this fixed at your birthplace and get a new certificate with full name.
This is highly recommended.
You cannot use the class 10th certificate in place of a birth certificate for the purpose of the USA green card.
Your birth certificate registered one year after your birth may or may not be accepted by USCIS.
We suggest submitting the affidavits from neighbors or relatives for your birth too along with the birth certificate that was registered after 375 days of birth.
It is not mandatory to use a professional translator for a birth certificate.
You can avoid professional paid translation service as long as someone who knows both your native language and English can translate your birth certificate without errors.
You can ask your friend who can do it for you. Your friend would need to write a cover letter on a plain paper with all his contact details like Name, Phone Number, and contact address with the translation.
you can get a birth certificate affidavit from your mom and dad but we suggest getting it from relatives or close neighbors.
You can choose these combinations to add more weight to your affidavits:
1. Affidavit 1 from either parent.
2. Affidavit 2 from a close relative or neighbor who is older than you in age preferably by about 4-5 years. This can be your father’s or mother’s brother/sister or anyone who witnessed your birth.
You can use the birth certificate even if your own name is missing in the birth certificate. You can write it by hand.
It is okay if your last name is missing in the birth certificate.
The birth certificate with missing parent’s last name or misspellings is also acceptable.
If you want to be on an absolutely safe side, you can get the two affidavits as mentioned above, and submit them.
You can get the affidavits made in the USA as long as the person who is writing the birth certificate affidavit knows you from home country and can vouch for your birth.