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A birth certificate is an official and legally acceptable document which is issued when a couple gives birth to either a son or a daughter. This document states the legal name of the child, their gender, place, and date of birth, and the corresponding details of their parents

Birth Certificate | Category of Documentation

The types of documents which require attestation are divided into 3 categories depending on their nature, shared characteristics and the relevant government department which needs to be contacted for getting them attested. These documents include;

  1. Academic Certificates/Educational Documents
  2. Personal Documents/Non-Educational Documents
  3. Commercial Documents

Birth certificates come under the category of non-educational/personal documents due to their nature and the purpose they serve.

Birth Certificate Attestation | Government Departments Involved

You will first have to get your document authenticated from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), which will attach a certificate of authentication to your document.

  1. The relevant government authority which was responsible for issuing the birth certificate.
  2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the country where the birth certificate was issued.
  3. The Embassy of the country where the attested birth certificate needs to be submitted.
  4. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the country which requested birth certificate attestation.

Birth Certificate Attestation | Accompanying Documents

Along with the birth certificate, there are several accompanying documents which need to be submitted by the concerned party for attestation. These requirements vary from country to country and may include any of the following accompanying documents;

  1. Original document (Birth Certificate) of the Child
  2. Copy of National Identity Cards of the Child/or his/her Parents
  3. Copy of Passport of the child and/or his/her Parents
  4. Copy of Visa of the Applicant and/or his/her Parents
  5. Authorization Letter Requesting Birth Certificate Attestation
  6. Passport-sized Photographs

Birth Certificate Attestation | Process

Birth certificate attestation can turn out to be a complicated and time-consuming task for many. However, here are all the steps in the entire birth certificate attestation process for those who are completely unaware of the proceedings;

Step # 1
The applicant is required to submit the birth certificate and all the accompanying documents to the concerned government department which issued the birth certificate for attestation.

Step # 2
After this, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the country where the birth certificate was issued is contacted. They verify the attestation by contacting the concerned department and person who was responsible for attesting it and the accompanying documents.

Step # 3
After attestation and verification, the Embassy of the country which requested the birth certificate attestation needs to be contacted for forwarding the required documentation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the country requesting the documents.

Step # 4
The required documentation is received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the country requesting the documents. The process is then completed if they find that everything is in order.

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