Consular, Passport and Visa Division Consular, Passport and Visa Division

Birth Certificate

Q: We are a couple with Indian passports. We have a child born to us in a foreign country. How do we get Indian citizenship for the child and an Indian passport for him/her?
A:

In order to get Indian citizenship for a child born to Indian parent(s) in a foreign country, the birth of the child is to be registered at the nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate and thereafter (or at the same time) the parents can apply for issue of an Indian passport for the child. For more information, kindly contact Indian Embassy/Consulate in your jurisdiction or visit their website.

Q: Can Mission/Post attest the Birth Certificate issued by the authorities in India?
A:

Yes, provided the birth certificate issued by the competent authorities has been authenticated by the Home Department of the concerned State/Union Territory in India and then by the Attestation Section of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), New Delhi or the MEA Branch Secretariats in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Guwahati.