Getting your Permanent Resident Visa
Birth certificate is the most important civil registration record that you need to apply to get your Green Card
Some countries issue birth certificate under different names: certificate of Baptism (Baptismal certificate), family registry, certificate of vital records registration, house register, and many other names. They all serve the same purpose in applying to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service – INS).
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Term of birth certificate in different languages
Birth certificate used in the United States is called certificate of birth, certificate of Baptism (in many European and Latin American countries, civil registry, family certificate, koseki (in Japanese), shenasnameh (in Farsi), and nufus cuzdani (in Turkish). In some countries (as in India), non-availability certificates are issued if the person does not have a birth certificate.
What do you need to do if you do not have a birth certificate?
Civil registration or other administrative offices in many countries, especially in India issue non-availability of birth certificate documents to serve as birth certificate in cases where birth certificate has never been issued.
In case you do not have a birth certificate, then you may submit non-availability of birth certificate issued by government agencies in India, or any other identification card or certificate that contains your personal information acceptable by the U.S. Immigration.
If, however, you had a birth certificate but you lost it or cannot find it, then you need to contact consular section of your country’s embassy in Washington, D.C. Check if your embassy has a website to give you instructions on how to apply to get a new birth certificate.
If you live in the United States and you want to get birth certificate for your newborn child per requirements of your native country, then you need to contact consular section of your embassy in the United States.
How can you get “certified translation” of your birth certificate in English language?
All you need to do is to make a scanned copy of your birth certificate and attach it to your email to us. If you do not have an access to a scanner, then you may get a professionally scanned copy of your birth certificate from one of the office supply stores such as Office Depot™, Staples™, UPS™ and FEDEX™ and similar other locations. Ask them to email the scanned image to your email address so that you can save it for possible future use. You simply forward file of scanned copy to us in the attachment of your email to us.