Child documents

  • Two recent passport-sized photographs (45 mm x 35 mm) of the child (four photos if health examinations have not been completed).
    • These photographs should be of the head and shoulders only against a plain background.
    • Print the name of the child on the back of each photograph.
  • Certified copy of the child’s birth registration showing both parents’ names. If you cannot get this document, provide a certified copy of the identification pages of at least one of the following documents:
    • passport
    • family book showing both parents’ names
    • identification document issued by the government
    • document issued by a court that verifies the child’s identity.
  • If the child’s name has changed or the name of anyone included in the child’s application has changed: a certified copy of evidence of the name change.
  • Documents to show the child’s relationship to the sponsor, such as a birth certificate of the child’s natural or adoptive parents and the sponsor’s birth certificate that indicates sibling relationship.
  • If one or both parents are dead, a death certificate, other official document, or another document to verify this.
  • If one or both parents’ whereabouts are unknown, evidence of how long they have been missing and what efforts have been made to contact or find them.
  • If one or both parents are permanently incapacitated, evidence showing why they are unable to care for the child. For example, if a parent has a physical or mental illness that stops them from being able to care for the child, provide a medical report to verify this.
  • If anyone included in the application has served in the armed forces of any country: certified copies of their military service record or discharge papers.