US Immigration law has strict requirements on foreign documentation. As a general rule, all Birth Certificates, whether foreign or from the US, “MUST” be “long-form” or a version that contains parental information. This post will explain South Africa requirements.
Birth Certificate Name:
US Immigration requests the Long-form South African Birth Certificate (more commonly named: Unabridged Birth Certificate).
The place to apply for one:
Department of Home Affairs
Private Bag X114
Pretoria, South Africa 0001
When making a request to the Department of Home Affairs, the South African Applicants should also provide their:
- full name given at birth
- date of birth
- place of birth
- both parents’ current legal names
- mother’s maiden name
The request to Home Affairs should specify that an English language copy is desired.
NVC Guidance can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Visa-Reciprocity-and-Civil-Documents-by-Country/SouthAfrica.html
What type of documents should I attach with an immigration filing?
Please check out our Immigration Checklist for general guidance based on our filing Case Type: https://www.fickeymartinezlaw.com/immigration-checklist/
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