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I am preparing the documents for cr1 process nvc stage and one of the documents needed is my birth certificate

I was born in India before 1990 and never had a birth certificate

Does anyone else had the same issue in their process? If so then what other document/explaining letter can substitute for birth certificate

Appreciate any help


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According to reciprocity schedule, birth certificates ARE available for people born after 1970:

Available for all births after April 1, 1970. Available for some births before April 1, 1970. Birth certificates are issued by the Municipal Authority or any office authorized to issue birth and death certificates by the Registrar of Births & Deaths. Under the Registration of Births and Deaths Act of 1969, births are required to be registered in almost all of the States and Union Territories of India. Birth certificates are available to any applicant born on or after April 1, 1970 upon payment of a nominal fee to the appropriate authority. Prior to April 1, 1970, the reporting of births was voluntary.

When a birth certificate from the authorities is unavailable, a certificate of non-availability is generally available if the individual was born after April 1, 1970 and may be available if the individual was born before April 1, 1970. In cases where a birth certificate from the authorities is unavailable or contains insufficient information regarding the birth or the parents, the following documents could be accepted as secondary evidence in lieu of the birth certificate:

  • A notarized affidavit executed by either a parent, if living, or another close relative older than the applicant. This affidavit should clearly state the relationship between the deponent and the applicant, how well the deponent knows the applicant, the date and place of the applicant's birth, the names of both parents, and any other related facts;


  • School-leaving certificate, Matriculation certificate or Certificate of Recognized Boards from the school last attended by the applicant;


  • Baptismal certificate from a church.


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