TN 32 (07-06)

GN 00307.449 Development for Evidence From Cyprus

A. Procedure

Get a civil birth record if GN 00307.448 indicates one is available.

If the claimant

And

Then

is a resident of the Turkish-controlled sector,

states a birth record may exist in the Greek controlled sector,

do not ask him/her to get the record.
 
Get full identifying information and ask the FSP (as explained in GN 00904.220) to get the evidence.

is a Greek-Cypriot born in the Turkish-controlled sector,

does not have preferred evidence of age,

develop for secondary evidence of age. (See GN 00307.449B.)

is a Greek-Cypriot, who was born in the Turkish-controlled sector, submits a “Class a” certificate issued by the Greek authorities after July 1974,

insists the record was made before age 5 and there is a material discrepancy,

ask the FSP (as explained in GN 00904.220) to contact the Greek authorities to determine the basis for the certification.
 
Send the FSP a clear and complete copy of the birth certificate. (See GN 00307.450)

submits a birth certificate issued after July 1974 by the Turkish authorities for a birth in the Greek- controlled sector,

insists the record was made before age 5 and there is a material discrepancy,

handle as explained in GN 00307.450.

B. Kinds of Evidence

The following evidence is available in Cyprus and may contain information about Greek-Cypriot refugees from the Turkish-controlled sector.

1. Immigration Records

Cypriot immigration records are available if a passport was ever issued to the individual. The records are centralized in the south and include a copy of the document upon which the immigration record was based. It can be obtained by the individual on application.

2. Military Records

These are available only from 1964 when the National Guard was established.

3. Census Records

These are not evidence of age. One census was taken in Cyprus in 1950 but age was not recorded. They provide secondary evidence of relationship.

4. Identity Cards

These cards were issued to all citizens in the south in 1956. They are often the oldest evidence of age available for those who left the north.

5. Refugee Cards

These were issued in 1974 to refugees from the north. They show the ages of the family members.

6. District Statements

These are submitted frequently by claimants who have no other evidence of age or marriage. They are issued by the District Government based only on the individuals' statements and not on any official records.

7. Religious Records

In a few instances, priests took church records with them when they left the north and gave them to church authorities in the south. (See GN 00307.448C.4. for evaluating these records.)


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GN 00307.449 - Development for Evidence From Cyprus - 07/10/2006
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