Babies are a blessing to us! Ask me and I would say the moment you know that your baby has entered this world safe and sound remains one of the most precious memories for the rest of your life.
Coping with the responsibility of becoming a parent and adjusting to the fact that a little person needs you all the time is indeed overwhelming .Suddenly there are too many formalities to complete of which probably the most important one is registering your baby’s birth and securing his/her birth certificate. A Birth registration is a permanent and official record of a child’s existence. The child without a birth certificate can be denied the right to an official identity, a recognized name and a nationality. And this is certainly something no parent would wish for.
Let’s have a look at the procedures to follow to obtain your baby’s certificate.
Procedures to be followed
It is always advisable to start the legal formalities immediately after the hospital where your baby is born gives you the birth notification. In most hospitals, you will be provided the copy of birth notification on the day of discharge. The hospital authorities will send the original to the Ministry of Health
In order to apply for the birth certificate, it is preferred and expected that the Father of the child himself approaches the Dept. of Preventative Medicine at Al Baraha Hospital (old Kuwaiti Hospital) and submits the application along with the required documents.
Remember that you would have to decide on your little one’s name by this time.
List of Documents to be submitted
Along with the application, the following documents are to be handed over:-
- Copy of the Birth Notification
- Original passports of both the Parents
- Passport copies of the mother and father
- Marriage certificate if the fathers name is not mentioned in the mother's passport.
* Note Please be informed that the documents have to reach the Authorities within 14 days of the baby’s birth.
Processing of the Application
Within three working days from the date of submission, your application will be processed and you will be called to collect your baby’s Arabic Birth Certificate. This would have to be then translated to get an English version. However; this is not a problem as there are offices in the same vicinity to help out with the translation part.
Once you have received both the Arabic and English certificates, the next step is to get them attested first by the Department of Preventative Medicine, at Al Baraha Hospital. There would be a separate fee for the attestation which normally comes to around AED 60 including service charges.
The two certificates have to be attested next by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UAE. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in Bur Dubai in the Bastakiya area, near the Omani and Jordanian consulates. http://mofa.gov.ae/mofa_english/
It would be convenient if you have a PRO to complete the formalities at the Ministry. He would deal with all the formalities and save you a lot of time and worry.
After the attestation, you have with you a legal birth certificate for your little one.
Apply for Passport
Once the birth certificates have been attested, the next step is to go to your respective embassy or consulate and apply for your baby’s passport. http://www.indembassyuae.org/drupal/embassy
This can also be dealt with online using http://cgidubai.com/, which makes things easier. Within 4 months from date of birth the new passport needs to be taken to the Department of Naturalisation and Immigration so that a residency visa can be included in the document.
Baby steps, a Division of Middle East Assistance (Government of Dubai, Trade License 588039) provides online facilities for obtaining birth certificates.
Phone: – 04 2730313 http://www.babystepsdubai.com/