thank you all for the useful information available here! I have looked for this in the forums but there seems to be nothing about ORGINAL birth certificates.
Here is my issue:
-Me: British & French Nationality
-My wife: British & Taiwanese nationality (born in Taiwan)
-We live in the UK but will move to Taiwan soon YEAHHH!
We need to declare our marriage to the French consulate for which they ask our ORIGINAL birth certificates. For me that is not a problem but this start to be complicated with Taiwan:
-Taiwan uses the household registration document for birth certificate purposes (although this seems to be a second "level" documentation for the ones that know about that?)
-Other countries insist on "Birth certificate" and in this case ORIGINAL for France (please no punts about French...)
Step 1: Her mother went to the hospital she was born, obtained a document, which was translated and certified... buuuuut... It was a photocopy then certified - Not good
Step 2: Her mother goes to the equivalent of the local council; sends it to us... buuuut... It is also a photocopy, with at the back (in Chinese), "this copy serves as an original".
So what is the problem you may ask? Well, for anybody that knows the French administration you will notice that the document is STILL a photocopy (hence not the original), therefore... AU REVOIR! or CHEERIO!
We have asked the local Taiwanese representative office for information or even for them to talk to their French equivalents in the UK... Lets see what happens...
At the same time I have asked to the French "commercial" offices in Taipei in the hope they know more about it.
Hopefully this did not sound too much of a moan, but, anybody has some ideas of where to find the ORIGINAL birth certificate for a Taiwanese?
Thank you for your help.