If a foreign-born person has the foreign birth certificate in his or her possession
or can readily obtain a properly certified copy within ten business days, ask him/her
to submit it. A BC may not exist for a foreign-born person, the BC may not have been
recorded shortly after birth, or its probative value may not be high. In these situations,
accept other alternative evidence of age in order of probative value. The evidence
may be less than a year old (e.g., an immigration document).
If the foreign BC is in a foreign language, follow the instructions in RM 10210.210 to determine whether to ask for the foreign BC and whether to have it translated.
See GN 00307.000 for instructions about the acceptability of foreign evidence to determine if the
foreign BC is acceptable evidence to establish age.