..::U.S.Embassy Recognizes Pakistani Law as Governing Law related to Registered Civil Documents

The U.S. Embassy recognizes Pakistani civil law as the governing law related to registration of marriages, births, divorces and deaths. Religious ceremonies alone are not sufficient for the purposes of immigration. Properly registered civil documents are required as part of the immigrant visa process.

For example, when providing a document to show that you have been married, you should submit your signed and registered Nikah Nama. When providing a document to show that you are divorced, you should submit a divorce decree that has been registered with the relevant Union Council.

Please note that notarized “rupee paper” statements of divorce, marriage, death and birth are generally NOT acceptable records of relationship. “Rupee paper” affidavits will only be accepted when registration with the appropriate government authority was not required by Pakistani civil law.

IR-5 applicants, please note that you MUST submit the original birth certificate of the petitioner, listing you or your spouse as the parent. If the birth certificate is in the possession of the petitioner in the United States, we will require that you obtain and submit the original birth certificate prior to visa issuance.

F-4 applicants, you must also submit the original birth certificate of the petitioner, listing at least one parent you have in common. If the birth certificate is in the possession of the petitioner in the United States, we will require that you obtain and submit the original birth certificate prior to visa issuance.

In both cases, if no such birth certificate exists, then you may submit an alternative, such as original school records or an original ‘Form B’ listing the parents.

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