We are receiving many enquiries from our clients asking for clarification on providing full Birth Certificates with visa applications.

So, what should the full birth certificate include?

  1. Your name, date & place of birth; and
  2. The names of both your parents; and
  3. An annotation by the issuing office indicating that it is an extract from its official records*; and
  4. The seal of the issuing office (i.e., the Municipal authorities, the Local/District Office of the Registrar of Births and Deaths, or the village authorities)

 

Note that birth certificates issued by the Indian High Commission are not acceptable for this purpose

The frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) what we are receiving:

  1. What should I do if I don’t have a full birth certificate?

If you don’t have a full birth certificate, you will need to request one from the appropriate authorities in your country of birth.

If your birth certificate is unobtainable, you will need to provide evidence of this, for example, a ‘non-availability or ‘birth not registered’ certificate issued by the authority responsible for registering births in your country of birth.

Please note that INZ does not consider a full birth certificate to be unobtainable when it is difficult or takes a long time to obtain.

  1. What should I do if my birth was not recorded with the Registrar of Births?

In this case, you must submit:

  1. a) a “no record of Birth Registration” letter from the relevant municipality or village authorities; AND
  2. b) permanent account number card or Voters Card or Indian Drivers licence’ AND
  3. c) a school leaving certificate or Class 10th or 12th passing Certificate which includes your name, your date of birth, and your father’s name, AND
  4. d) a statutory declaration or an Affidavit is sworn before a Magistrate/notary which states your full name, date & place of birth, and your parent’s full names
  5. What do I need to provide if my name was not included at the time my birth certificate was issued?

You must provide either:

  1. Your BC with your name endorsed on it now by paying a late fee to the Registrar’s Office

OR, if you are unable to have your name endorsed on the BC now by paying a late fee then you need to submit:

  1. your BC without a name
  2. a permanent account number card or Voters Card or Indian Drivers licence’ AND
  3. a school leaving certificate or Class 10th or 12th passing Certificate which includes your name, your date of birth and your father’s name, AND
  4. a statutory declaration or an Affidavit is sworn before a Magistrate/notary which states your full name, date & place of birth, and your parent’s full names

 

Also, if there is some issue with the name of your parents then you need to again provide a statutory declaration and supporting identity evidence.

Also, please remember if your BC is not in the English language then it will need to be translated.

 


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