I am an Indian married to a US citizen and have applied for a green card through marriage. I have not received any RFEs so far and got my interview letter which says I must take my original birth certificate to the interview. I was born in Chennai, India and apparently the Chennai Corporation will only issue computer generated electronic birth certificates. The birth certificate says it doesn't need a signature/seal and that the authenticity can be verified at the link (http://www.chennaicorporation.gov.in/online-civ...). Will USCIS accept the computer generated birth certificate? If not, what is my alternative? Will affidavits from my mother and a relative suffice? My lawyer insists I should get the original birth certificate, but looks like I can't.
Your lawyer is correct.
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If you absolutely cannot obtain it, then bring originals of school leaving certificates (elementary and high school) and at least two affidavits. You may also take the interview letter to the nearest Indian Embassy and request a certified copy of your birth certificate. Good luck!