Query: Where can I register the birth of my child and what can I use if I do not have a health passport for my child?
Response: A child who is less than one year old can be registered at the hospital, any sub-regional Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration office, and some magistrates’ courts. It should be noted that any child who is a year and older should be registered at the regional Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration office
It is required for one to go to the hospital where your child was born and get proof of your child’s birth, or if one cannot be found, bring as many of the following as possible:
• Baptismal Card;
• Sworn affidavit from the headman or school principal (of first attended school);
• Two witnesses at least five years older than the child who can attest to his or her identity/place of birth/age; and,
• Both parents acting as witnesses and a statement under oath.
Query: Can an absent parent be on the birth certificate and how does a child get a birth certificate if no parents are alive?
Response: An absent parent can be on the birth certificate only if you bring a marriage certificate, or if the unmarried father/mother has provided a sworn affidavit that he/she is the father/mother.
A child, whose parents are not alive, can get a birth certificate by providing any document that proves the identity of the child. The child can register himself/herself with two witnesses at least five years older than him/her and are in possession of Namibian IDs, and who can attest to the child’s identity. Additionally a report from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (for both orphaned or abandoned children) can be provided as well.
Query: What are the procedures with regard to enquiring about the status of study permits for foreign students studying in Namibia?
Response: The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration would like to inform students studying in Namibia and have applied for student permits during 2015 that there are currently about 1597 uncollected approval letters and 973 uncollected rejection letters for students. Students are reminded to make payments at the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration within 14 days upon receipt of the approval letters so that their student permits can be endorsed in their passports. Students should further note that approval letters or acknowledgment receipts issued to them by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration cannot be used at the ports of entry as proof of student permits because they are not regarded as permits.
Further information can be obtained at the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration Students’ Permit Counter 1, Ground Floor.
Mr Sakeus Kadhikwa, Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org