All birth certificates issued by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico prior to 1 July 2010 have been made invalid. Persons born in Puerto Rico are US citizens, and the attorneys at Fong & Aquino are seeing more and more Puerto Ricans in Los Angeles and Palm Springs who wish to petition relatives.
The Vital Statistics and Records Office of the Commonwealth is now issuing new, more secure birth documents. On 30 September 2010, US Citizenship and Immigration Services stopped accepting Puerto Rican birth certificates issued before 1 July 2010. A birth certificate is necessary for immigration purposes to establish that the petitioner or applicant is a US citizen.
Natives of Puerto Rico may request a new birth certificate on line or through the mail. --jcf