When applying to immigrate to the United States, one of the most vital documents you’ll need is your birth certificate. However, you may not always have access to this document. This is especially true for individuals from countries that lack solid documentation practices; birth certificates simply go missing!
What, in this case, is an immigrant to do? Luckily, even when missing such an important piece of documentation, there are solutions.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) understands that not all immigrants have access to their birth certificate, and have guidelines in place when this occurs. These guidelines require immigrants to jump through some extra hoops, so read them carefully! A potential immigrant missing his or her birth certificate must provide all of the following:
Fulfilling these requirements successfully means the applicant shouldn’t have to worry about their missing birth certificate.