TN 31 (08-05)

GN 00307.100 Evidence of Age - Foreign Documents

A. Definition

A “foreign-born” individual  is one born outside the 50 States of the U.S., District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Canal Zone (after 9 /79), the Northern Mariana Islands (before 11/3/86), Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

B. Policy

Absent information to the contrary, SSA accepts foreign documents at face value.

REMARKS: Forms FS-240 (Report of Birth of a Citizen of the United States) and FS-545 (Certification of Birth) issued by the Department of State are not birth certificates. They are certifications of the facts of birth based on applications to report the births of these children and supporting evidence submitted by the individuals who completed the applications.

C. Procedure

Request claimants to secure birth records from countries in which:

  • Records of birth or baptism recorded at or near birth are available (see GN 00307.190); and

  • There is no reason to question the validity of such records.

If the claimant tried unsuccessfully to get a birth certificate in the past, document the file (with an RC, SSA-795, etc.) to show this. Establish the claimant's DB based on other evidence.

Request any needed FSP assistance in accordance with GN 00904.220. Include as much of the information required in GN 00312.001 through GN 00312.450 as possible. If it is necessary to send the document, send only a photocopy (not the original) or a complete translation if a photocopy cannot be made.

D. References

Evaluating foreign documents, GN 00307.105 through GN 00307.962

Determining when to obtain an arrival record, GN 00302.900

Determining when a foreign claim can be adjudicated before the foreign birth certificate is received, GN 00307.150

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GN 00307.100 - Evidence of Age - Foreign Documents - 08/26/2005
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