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I'd like to thank everyone here for this useful topic and all the posts. It never occurred to me that getting a birth certificate would be so difficult. I am American, husband is Belgian and our first son is due in May. I just contacted my comune office and was told the same, we need to re-request certified copies of our birth certificates, marriage certificate, etc., all within 6 months of the birth.

Apparently just to add insult to injury, the leaflets provided to me detailing what documents AMERICANS and BELGIANS need to get a birth certificate in TICINO (remember we speak Italian down here) are printed in GERMAN!
That made me LOL! Oh wow, my youngest was born 15 years ago, in Zürich, when that procedure was still unheard of. Hope you have the birth certificate by now.
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Re: birth certificate for new born - Zurich

A useful reminder to double check all documents you receive back for your little one. We had a baby in the middle of May in Zurich. It took 2 weeks for us to receive letter to confirm/check their interpretation of our American birth certificates. Once we finally received Swiss International birth certificate, we were off to US consulate for Report of Birth Abroad, passport, etc. Another 3 weeks and we finally received the passport and Report of Birth Abroad, only problem was the report indicated our daughter was MALE! Baby is 10 weeks old and we are still waiting on a correct Report of Birth Abroad!
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Re: birth certificate for new born - Zurich

Hi,
I am expecting a baby in March and they informed me from Stadt Zurich, that in order to register the baby after birth, they need birth certificates of my husband and myself, not older than 6 months. I was born in the USA, so they asked me for a "Certificate of live birth". Is this a normal birth certificate? Or something else? And how do I request for it? Do I also need an Apostille? I was born in Boston, MA.
Any info would be very much appreciated. My family left the US when I was a baby so I don t know the processes. Whenever I needed something, I contacted the embassy, but now they told me I should check in National Center for Health Statistics:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm

Thank you very much in advance!!
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Hi,
I am expecting a baby in March and they informed me from Stadt Zurich, that in order to register the baby after birth, they need birth certificates of my husband and myself, not older than 6 months. I was born in the USA, so they asked me for a "Certificate of live birth". Is this a normal birth certificate? Or something else? And how do I request for it? Do I also need an Apostille? I was born in Boston, MA.
A Certificate of Live Birth is the standard in most states. It is the long form, which includes more information than the short one (like your parents' places of birth). You do not need an apostille.

It looks like you have several options for ordering. Take a look at this page from the MA state website:
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/depart...l-records.html

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A Certificate of Live Birth is the standard in most states. It is the long form, which includes more information than the short one (like your parents' places of birth). You do not need an apostille.

It looks like you have several options for ordering. Take a look at this page from the MA state website:
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/depart...l-records.html

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Thank you very much 3Wishes! I am trying to order it through internet, but there is no info about long or short certificate. The only choices I have are:

Certified Birth Certificate-Priority Process

and

Certified Birth Certificate

Do you think it would be what I need?

thanks again!
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Old 21.01.2014, 14:40
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Thank you very much 3Wishes! I am trying to order it through internet, but there is no info about long or short certificate. The only choices I have are:

Certified Birth Certificate-Priority Process

and

Certified Birth Certificate

Do you think it would be what I need?

thanks again!
Massachusetts may not have two different forms. My birth state (Indiana) doesn't, and it has been fine for my needs in Switzerland (two children born here with dual Swiss-US citizenship). I'd order it and not worry.
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Re: birth certificate for new born - Zurich

I don't know MA laws, but most states now use the long form anyway as far as I know. As for which to choose, I think priority process just means you want it faster, and are willing to pay more for that service.
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Re: birth certificate for new born - Zurich

Double check with the Zurich office though because when we registered the birth of our baby in Fribourg in November we needed both our birth certificates and our marriage certificate to be apostille certified (documents issued in New Zealand, less than 6 months old).
- also needed attestation of residence from our commune for each of us plus copies of permits & passports.
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Re: birth certificate for new born - Zurich

According to the Mass. website, they only issue certified versions of birth certificates, so that shouldn't be an issue.
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Re: birth certificate for new born - Zurich

thank you all for your valyuable replies! I will check again with Stadt Zurich tomorrow morning for Apostille, whether they need it on the birth certificates or the certificate of marriage, just to make sure I order the correct ones. thanks again! I hope I still have time for this
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Re: birth certificate for new born - Zurich

In case it becomes an issue:

My home state won't mail birth certificates out of the country (I hope Massachusetts is more wordily than Indiana, but, hey...), so if MA is the same way, PM and I will send you my mom's address and she can forward it to you
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In case it becomes an issue:

My home state won't mail birth certificates out of the country (I hope Massachusetts is more wordily than Indiana, but, hey...), so if MA is the same way, PM and I will send you my mom's address and she can forward it to you
Luckily MA sends it abroad, so I ordered it eventually! But thank you anyways

So, I called Zurich Stadt again and verified that there is no need for Apostille for US certificates.
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Re: birth certificate for new born - Zurich

I agree with Iango.

this is the office to reach for the birth certificate related matters in Zurich.

Bevölkerungsamt der Stadt Zürich
(Zivilstandtamt, Geburten und Sterbefälle)
Stadthaus, Stadthausquai 17, Postfach, 8022, Zürich

Telefon : 044/412 31 11
Direct line : 044/412 31 55

My experience:
they are absolutely kind and helpful. They speak and understand English. Usually from submission of documents, it takes less than a month to receive the birth certificate.
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Re: birth certificate for new born - Zurich

seems an interesting stories... we are currently experiencing the same... premature baby on intensive care, the "einwohneramt" in Zurich asked for my documents (BC) that are certified by the justice minister of liberia (I am german but born there) while the german embassy tells me to "stay away" from getting any documents from liberia presently due to ebola .. - my wife's documents also have to be legalised by the swiss embassy in manila a process that not only should take 3-4 month but also costs a 1000 CHF... - at the same time we are leaving CH in June... so wonder whether we can get the documents in time... and how to leave CH without a BC for our child... just insane the bureaucracy they put parents through...
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Dear Maria

I hope sharing my experience will help you.

My wife and I both come from non-EU countries. Before our baby was born this year, we were informed earlier by a friend that there would be some difficulties to obtain a birth certificate. And it was true, here is the link for requirements for each nationality:

http://www.gaz.zh.ch/internet/justiz...sland.html#a-d

(all documents are in German, but you can use copy and paste to translate these documents using Google Translate, or Yahoo Translate etc)
Updated this very helpful link as it was broken.
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Re: birth certificate for new born - Zurich

... We finally got our BC. I wrote a letter to the Einwohneramt explaining why certain documents we could not obtain (feedback: we wouldn't ask for them if we don't need those files) and additionally we asked the "Ombudsfrau" of the city of Zurich to get involved. She called the them and just a day later she called us (9pm - some people do take their job thankfully serious) telling us that we would receive the BC just the coming days. It worked out fine! - So search for Ombudsman/Frau if you are feeling difficulties with those authorities and I am sure you will get the support / help needed... (We got this tip from our embassy who were confused why Zurich made so many obstacles to obtain a BC)
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