How to Easily Get a Copy of Your Birth Certificate for Your Green Card Application

Secure Your Green Card: Simple Steps to Obtain Your Birth Certificate. Expert Guide for Immigration Success.

Jul 24, 2023 - 06:06
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How to Easily Get a Copy of Your Birth Certificate for Your Green Card Application
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Hey there, folks! So, you're looking to get a green card and start a new chapter of your life in the U.S.? Awesome choice! But hey, I get it, the whole process can be a bit overwhelming, especially when it comes to providing the necessary documents. One of the crucial things you'll need is a copy of your birth certificate, both for you and your sponsoring relative. Don't fret if you can't find it right away; we'll walk you through the steps on how to get an official replacement, and we'll even cover what to do when you can't get your hands on it. Let's dive in!

What You Need to Know

So, who needs to submit a copy of their birth certificate? Well, if you're applying for a family-based or marriage-based green card, both you (the family member seeking the green card) and your sponsoring relative (who's either a U.S. citizen or a current green card holder) have to provide a copy of your birth certificate. The long form version is typically required, and you'll also need to include it with your family sponsorship form, or Form I-130, which is officially known as the "Petition for Alien Relative."

  1. Essential Information
  2. How to Get a Certified Copy
  3. Alternative Documents

Essential Information on Your Birth Certificate

When obtaining your certified copy, there are some key details it should include:

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your place of birth
  • Both of your parents' full names
  • The official seal of the issuing agency
  • The registration date (within one year of your birth)
  • The issue date (can be any time)

What if Your Birth Certificate Isn't in English?

No worries if your birth certificate is in a language other than English. To make things official, you'll need to have it accompanied by a certified English translation. This ensures that everyone involved in the green card process can easily understand your vital information.

How to Get a Certified Copy

Now, let's tackle the next step – obtaining that certified copy! If you were born in the United States, you'll need to reach out to the office of vital records in the state where you were born. For those born abroad, the U.S. Department of State's website provides a list of issuing authorities in each country along with the current fees and procedures for getting an official copy. Just a heads up, if your country of birth states that birth certificates are "unavailable" or "nonexistent," you won't need to submit this document.

Alternative Documents - When the Birth Certificate is Missing in Action

Okay, so you've searched high and low, and still can't find your birth certificate? No need to panic! You can submit a notarized personal affidavit, which is just a fancy way of saying a written explanation. In this affidavit, be sure to describe the facts of your birth and the reason why you can't obtain a certified copy.

In addition to the affidavit, you'll also need to provide one of the following types of secondary evidence:

  • A baptismal certificate
  • Census records
  • A birth record produced by a military or neighborhood hospital
  • A birth certificate signed by the physician who delivered you
  • An authentic document stating the reason your birth record doesn't exist and identifying whether similar records for that time and place are available from the relevant government agency in your native country (if it's not the United States) would be required.

And if none of the above options are available, you can also submit a notarized personal affidavit from either a living parent or a close relative who's older than you. Make sure they include all the necessary details about themselves and your birth.

Remember, folks, the green card journey may have its twists and turns, but don't worry – we've got your back! Boundless is here to support you throughout the entire immigration process, making sure you have everything you need to start your life in the U.S. with confidence. Get started today, and let's make your dreams a reality!

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