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Hello everyone!

I am an Indian, born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1970, to an Italian mother and an Indian father.

I need to submit my birth certificate for a consular purpose.

I have a birth certificate issued from the Conton of Zurich, but since it is very old I was told that it is invalid and that I have to go for a new birth certificate. I was also advised that I could get the new certificate through a competent Swiss authority.

I am temporarily living in Dhaka, as my husband (an Indian as well) is working here.

Could someone please help me as to how to go about getting the new birth certificate?

Swiss has an embassy in Dhaka. Would a visit there help in anyway?

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you in anticipation. Good day!
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Old 25.08.2015, 11:05
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Try your luck here:
https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/prd/de/...eburtCIEC.html

They even send it aboard.
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Re: birth certificate

The website states you cannot order a birth certificate by telephone or verbally (A birth certificate is known as a Geburtsurkunde),

The e-mail address for the Registry Office (Zivilstandsamt) in Zurich is kontakt.gaz@ji.zh.ch

http://tel.local.ch/en/d/Zurich/8001/Zivilstandsamt-bFYZyiGGqoFZ85-D506beQ?what=Zivilstandsamt&where=Z%C3%BCrich

http://www.gaz.zh.ch/internet/justiz...e/kontakt.html

I suggest you e-mail them asking about the fee & postage for a Geburtsurkunde and how to pay for it, then post them a copy of your old birth certificate with the receipt for the fee paid, and ask for a fresh birth certificate. (They are indeed only valid a few years!)

https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/prd/en/...standsamt.html
https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/prd/de/...tsurkunde.html

I think this would be the fastest and cheapest way for you. If not you will have to deal with the Embassy in Dhaka.
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The website states you cannot order a birth certificate by telephone or verbally (A birth certificate is known as a Geburtsurkunde),
You can order it online.
Click on "Internationale Geburtsurkunde bestellen "
Selcet Gebortsort [Plac of Birth] "Stadt Zurich"
Für wen bestellen Sie die Urkunde: "Fur mich"
Ledigname: Your maiden surname, as on the old certificate
Vornamen(n): First name(s).
Geburtsdatum: Date of birth in DD.MM.YYYY Format ex. February, 14 1970 would be 14.02.1970.
Click on "In den Warenkorb"
Click on "Diese Artikel bestellen"
Enter delivery address.
Check "Ich habe die allgemeinen Geschäftsbedingungen gelesen und verstanden."
Pay by Crdit Card.
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Thank you so much for your quick reply. I shall try it and get back!

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You can order it online.
Click on "Internationale Geburtsurkunde bestellen "
Selcet Gebortsort [Plac of Birth] "Stadt Zurich"
Für wen bestellen Sie die Urkunde: "Fur mich"
Ledigname: Your maiden surname, as on the old certificate
Vornamen(n): First name(s).
Geburtsdatum: Date of birth in DD.MM.YYYY Format ex. February, 14 1970 would be 14.02.1970.
Click on "In den Warenkorb"
Click on "Diese Artikel bestellen"
Enter delivery address.
Check "Ich habe die allgemeinen Geschäftsbedingungen gelesen und verstanden."
Pay by Crdit Card.
Hello "aSwissInTheUS",

Four days back (25 August, to be precise) I applied for my new birth certificate following as how you had advised me. I successfully completed the form and paid through my husband's credit card and I even got a reference number from them. (The amount has been debited from my husband's account.)

But I am yet to receive any reply or even acknowledgment regarding the same.

Please advise me as to how I should proceed further. Again, your help would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance. Have a good day!

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Hello "aSwissInTheUS",

Four days back (25 August, to be precise) I applied for my new birth certificate following as how you had advised me. I successfully completed the form and paid through my husband's credit card and I even got a reference number from them. (The amount has been debited from my husband's account.)

But I am yet to receive any reply or even acknowledgment regarding the same.

Please advise me as to how I should proceed further. Again, your help would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance. Have a good day!
I don't think you need to do anything! The Swiss authorities are very efficient, and if you have a reference number, your request is being processed. The next thing that will happen is that you will either get your birth certificate delivered, or you will be asked to provide further information.

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Re: birth certificate

Thank you very much for the reassurance, "LiquidPaper"!
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Hello everyone!

I am an Indian, born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1970, to an Italian mother and an Indian father.

I need to submit my birth certificate for a consular purpose.

I have a birth certificate issued from the Conton of Zurich, but since it is very old I was told that it is invalid and that I have to go for a new birth certificate. I was also advised that I could get the new certificate through a competent Swiss authority.

I am temporarily living in Dhaka, as my husband (an Indian as well) is working here.

Could someone please help me as to how to go about getting the new birth certificate?

Swiss has an embassy in Dhaka. Would a visit there help in anyway?

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you in anticipation. Good day!
An interesting concept, that a birth certificate can be too old...

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Old 30.08.2015, 19:27
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An interesting concept, that a birth certificate can be too old...
Switzerland always asks for documents less than 6 months old !
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An interesting concept, that a birth certificate can be too old...
In some countries, a birth certificate contains "change of status" information, such as marriage or divorce. An old one might not be up to date.
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Switzerland always asks for documents less than 6 months old !
Since when?

I know of several countries, e.g. France, where any documentation needs to be less than 6 months, but beyond a criminal check, not had this for birth certificate.
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In some countries, a birth certificate contains "change of status" information, such as marriage or divorce. An old one might not be up to date.
How on earth can a birth certificate become, out of date? The only relevant change can be death. Marriage and divorce, if they occur are after the birth and thus not relevant. Otherwise we'd all need to update our birth certificates on an annual basis. Mine has remained unchanged for 66 years...
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Old 30.08.2015, 22:27
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How on earth can a birth certificate become, out of date? The only relevant change can be death. Marriage and divorce, if they occur are after the birth and thus not relevant. Otherwise we'd all need to update our birth certificates on an annual basis. Mine has remained unchanged for 66 years...
I think it's not that the certificate itself is "out of date" but that it needs to be recently issued in order to prove it's genuine? Older documents are easier to forge or something?

I had to order a "new" copy of my birth certificate when I married my Swiss hubby and registered the marriage here, as the certificate I had was issued more than 6 months before the marriage. The info on the new cert was exactly the same, except for the date it was issued and certified as being legal/legit/whatever. Oh and the old format was landscape format and the new was portrait.

This wasn't a huge hassle for me as an American, but imagine folks that were born decades ago in a country that doesn't exist any more, or has changed names, or has too much conflict going on to bother with such paperwork.
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This wasn't a huge hassle for me as an American, but imagine folks that were born decades ago in a country that doesn't exist any more, or has changed names, or has too much conflict going on to bother with such paperwork.
My husband's birth certificate literally states that "a child was born on (date) to (his father)". Not enough for any authorities, so every time we need a birth certificate less than 6 months old, he needs to get a multiply stamped and apostilled statement from his parents. Fun!
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How on earth can a birth certificate become, out of date? The only relevant change can be death. Marriage and divorce, if they occur are after the birth and thus not relevant. Otherwise we'd all need to update our birth certificates on an annual basis. Mine has remained unchanged for 66 years...
My country is like what I described. My birth certificate changed only once (marriage), but I still have to get one less than 6 months old for official things - such as when I entered Switzerland. Oh, the joys of being non-EU.
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Please advise me as to how I should proceed further. Again, your help would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance. Have a good day!
Mail takes up to three weeks to arrive in Bangladesh.
If you have not received anything by then, use the contact form
https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/prd/de/...t/Kontakt.html
or give them a call
https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/prd/de/...t/kontakt.html
(Note the time zone difference.)


@3Wishes: Merging successive post 4! days apart and with different information? Was clearly confused to read a post from the 25th about something happening 4 days before, which actually happened on the 25th. Luckily, Anna mentioned the actual dates.

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Mail takes up to three weeks to arrive in Bangladesh.
Thank you once again. I shall wait for 2 more weeks as you have advised me.
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Re: birth certificate

Civil status certificates are in any case reviewed by the consular office with jurisdiction over the place that used then. who otherwise would know that ALL Puerto Rican birth certificates issued prior to (I think) 2010 were recalled for replacement by a secure format?

Or that Jewish marriages solemnized in England involve a special form issued by the synagogue (only after the synagogue book is full -- 20 marriages -- does it go to a Register Office which can issue copies. And that may take decades, for a small synagogue.

There must be many other anomalies where law has changed and recognition of marriage too: cousin marriage, same-sex marriage, proxy marriage. I know from recent experience that a Calif. 'secret marriage' certificate is OK for Switzerland.
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Mail takes up to three weeks to arrive in Bangladesh.
If you have not received anything by then, use the contact form
https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/prd/de/...t/Kontakt.html
or give them a call
https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/prd/de/...t/kontakt.html
(Note the time zone difference.)
Hello "aSwissInTheUS",
It has been now more than a month since I have applied online for a new birth certificate (paid through credit card and got a reference number as well), but so far I have got nothing.

Could you please tell me what the contact form is for? Also, is there an English version for the same? Would calling them be a better option? (I do not speak German, though!

Again, appreciate your help. Thank you.
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Re: birth certificate

Uhh, sorry did not see it.

The "Kontaktformular" is just a generic contact form for any enquiry.
Try call the Number of the Zivilstandsamt: 0041 44 412 31 50
I assume there will be some one who speaks English.
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