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NRIs Can Show Passport for NABC (Birth Proof) from India

If you’re a non-resident and want to get birth proof from India, your Indian passport can help. A government-affiliated website clearly states this information.

Here are the details that can help NRIs to get their birth proofs, which is the first step to attaining or retaining citizenship in India.

NRIs Eligibility to Get NABC or Birth Proof from India

From the reference of cgisf, it is the way for non-residents (NRIs) to get their birth proofs. Let’s catch them up.

  • The birth certificate can be issued if you have a passport (in original) of India. Its entries show your birth details and prove your citizenship.
    • Those who may or may not be NRIs but have a passport in original and their passport proves their birth before 2nd June 1969. They would receive the non-availability of a birth certificate or NABC. It is issued for registering the unregistered birth.
    • The consulate has a right to reject legalizing that document, given that its content is objectionable or opposite to the rules.
    • The consulate does not legalize or attest any legal document issued by the Indian authorities. These can be birth certificates, death certificates, affidavits, diplomas, marriage certificates, and educational certificates. The only case to apostille them is that these documents would be presented to the authority in the United States, according to the MEA.

Application Fee

NRIs should pay out the fee to get the NABC.  It should be in the following manner-Cashier’s cheque/ money order drawn in favour of the Consulate General of India, San Francisco. The authority accepts no blank cheque or money orders directly.

Processing Time

This processing may be month-long or more than this duration. The applicants are requested to have patience. 

NABC Application Process in Person

  • The applicant is suggested to schedule an appointment with the consulate.
    • Visit the office on the due date with all original (with photocopies) documents in support.
    • If you’re unable to show the original proofs, enclose the notarized copy of all documents with the application. Make it legalized. In the case of any suspicion, the consulate may ask for original proof. But, it won’t compromise with the passport in original. Take it with you.

Fee Structure

The applicant has to pay a non-refundable fee of $25 + $2 Indian as an Indian Community Welfare Fee (ICWF). It is effective since October 01, 2012, per document legalization.

The authority won’t keep your attested documents. You may take them back by mail. Also, you may share a trackable prepaid return mailing envelope to mail you back.

Ensure that you pay out fees through Money Order or Cashier’s Cheque. It must be drawn in favour of the Consulate General of India, San Francisco. The authority won’t accept any cash, personal cheque, credit card, debit card, or banking instrument for payment.

When to Expect Delivery?

You may receive your documents between 4:00 PM and 4:45 PM (between Monday and Friday).

How to Apply for NABC through Mail?

Step 1. Save this mailing address to send documents:

Miscellaneous Cell

Consulate General of India,

540 Arguello Boulevard;

San Francisco CA 94118

Step 2. Be ready with the following supporting documents:

  1. Notarized copies of all supporting documents and enclose them with the application.
    1. Avoid sending original certificates or documents, except for the affidavit or documents that need attestation.

Step 3. Fee Structure

  1. Pay a non-refundable fee of $ 25 (twenty-five) + $2 Indian Community Welfare Fee (ICWF) w.e.f. Oct. 01, 2012 per attestation.
    1. Payment is acceptable via a Money order or Cashiers’ cheque drawn in favor of the ‘Consulate General of India, San Francisco’. NO BLANK CHECK/MONEY ORDER WILL BE ACCEPTED BY THE CONSULATE.
    1. No cash, personal cheques, credit cards, debit cards, or other banking instruments are acceptable.
    1. Annex a trackable self-addressed return mailing envelope for delivering the processed documents to your home back. It is a pre-paid service.

Step 4. Processing Time

It also takes a month to process your application.

Step5. NRIs Documents and Supporting Proofs for NABC (to Verify)

  • Download Miscellaneous Services Form – Application form. Fill it completely.
    • Notarized photocopy of Passport (First and Last Page)
    • Notarized photocopy of any one of the following documents as proof of your US Visa Status:
  • H1B or H4 Passport page containing visa on passport (H1B, H4, etc) and the photocopy of I-94
  • Clear Photocopy of Green Card
  • Employment Authorization Document, also called the Work Permit
  • I-797, I-140, or I-20 in the case of pending approval of these notices together with a handwritten note stating that you tried to regularize the status before
    • Notarized copy of any one of the following as proof of your current US residence address:
  • U.S Driving license.
  • Gas, Electricity, Water, or landline telephone bill displaying the applicant’s address
  • House Lease Agreement
  • State Identification Card
  • Avoid submitting any bank/credit card/mobile phone statements. These are not accepted as residence proof.

Cases of Rejections

  • The Consulate may reject incomplete documentation-provided applications. The consulate will send back unprocessed documents in the (return) envelope that you shared before.
    • If the applicant has a B1/B2 visa and his children have applied for a Green card, please provide some additional documents in support, such as: 
  • Son/daughter’s current Indian passport copy
  • his/her driver’s license copy,
  • If a US citizen then, his/her old Indian passport’s first and last page copies,
  • Documents from USCIS requesting a Birth certificate,
  • Receipt notice from USCIS showing that the Green card has been filed for
  • A letter from him/her to the Consular officer requesting this service for his/her parents.


NRIs can show up their passport for getting a non-availability of birth certificate or NABC. It also requires a few of the aforementioned supporting documents. Provide them with a fee as per the rules. The processing would hardly take a month. Soon, you will receive your birth proof from India.