Birth Affidavit Requirements
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as well as the Department of State have strict requirements for affidavits of birth. In order for an applicant to meet the burden of proof, the immigration officer will examine the birth affidavit for its probative value and credibility. For these reasons, an affidavit of birth should meet these requirements:
- State the applicant’s full name, place of birth, date of birth, and the full names of both of the applicant’s parents.
- Include the full names of both parents of the applicant regardless of who writes the affidavit. For example, if an uncle executes an affidavit for you, his affidavit must list both of your parents’ names.
- State how the writer knows of the applicant’s birth. For example, your mother should state that she knows your date of birth because she gave birth to you. Your uncle or another family member may indicate they were present for the birth at the hospital.
- Write out dates with month, day and year. For example, use “May 10, 1980,” instead of “5/1/80.”
- List the first, middle and last name of each person whose name appears in the affidavit. This includes the applicant, the person signing the affidavit and both of the applicant’s parents’ names. Do not use initials even if this is your country’s naming custom.
- Ensure that the names listed in the affidavit appear exactly as they do in the adjustment of status forms.
- State the mother’s name as her current married name.