How Can I Check if the Birth Certificate that I am Submitting in Support of My Immigration Application Will be Accepted by the USCIS?

Posted by MICHAEL W. LIN | Jun 03, 2023 | 0 Comments

When you file an immigration application for yourself or your family member for a green card, the USCIS will require you and/or your family member to submit a copy of your or your family member's birth certificate.  If you or your family member was born in a foreign country, you will need to check if your foreign birth certificate would be accepted by the USCIS. 

To determine whether your foreign document would be accepted, the USCIS would review the Foreign Affairs Manual as published by the State Department. Before you submit your foreign birth certificate to the USCIS, you can follow the steps below to verify whether your foreign birth certificate is in conformity with the guidance published by the State Department. 

1.  Visit the Foreign Affairs Manual by clicking the link here:

2.  From the State Department website, find the country where you or your family was born. 

3.  After you click the country, the State Department website will take you to the Reciprocity Schedule for that country. 

4.  Scroll down and find the tab "Birth, Death, Burial Certificates" and it should provide you with detailed instructions as to how to obtain your foreign birth certificate.  

Within the Reciprocity Schedule, you can also find the instructions for obtaining your foreign marriage certificate, divorce decree, police record, and other documentation that you may need for your immigration application.  

Let us know how we can help.  


About the Author


PARTNER Mr. Lin has been working in the immigration field since 1992. Mr. Lin has worked on countless highly complex immigration matters ranging from corporate mergers, successor in interest, crimmigration, H-1B, E-2, and all aspects of immigration law. Mr. Lin served as a Special Assistant A...


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