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My lawyer has asked me to submit certified copies of following documents. Who should certify the copies ?

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Birth Certifcate
  • Clearance Certificate from Passport Office
  • Biographic Data Pages from Unexpired Passport

FYI: I am from India

Thank you :)

Edited by Niraj

Marriage: 2012-11-28

I-130 Sent : 2013-09-23

I-130 NOA1 : 2013-09-24

I-130 NOA2 : 2014-02-06 (Approved)

NVC Received : 2014-02-12

Interview appointment letter : 2015-06-03

Case Completed at NVC : 2015-06-03

NVC Left : 2015-06-17

Packet 3 Received : 2015-03-05

Packet 4 Received : 2015-06-10

Biometrics : 2015-07-14

Interview Date : 2015-07-15

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : 2015-07-16

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Hello !

My lawyer has asked me to submit certified copies of following documents. Who should certify the copies ?

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Birth Certifcate
  • Clearance Certificate from Passport Office
  • Biographic Data Pages from Unexpired Passport

FYI: I am from India

Thank you :)

You just have to provide a xerox copy of your original documents such as:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Birth Certifcate
  • Clearance Certificate from Passport Office
  • Biographic Data Pages from Unexpired Passport

Priority Date Dec.09,2013

Feb.06,2014 NOA2

March 27 2014 IIN# and Case #

Feb.20,2015 DS261

Feb.21,2015 AOS paid

Feb.28,2015 AOS documents and IV documents sent in one package

March 4,2015 Scan date (NVC Package received email confirmation)

March.5,2015 invoiced IV

March 11,2015 IV status showed paid

March 12,2015 DS260 completed

April 1,2015 Case Completed No checklist (phone and email confirmation) :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea:

July 21,2015 Medical Passed

August 6 ,2015 Interview date scheduled over the phone confirmation 6/25/2015 :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea:

Interview letter via email received 6/30/2015

August 6,2015 interview Approved

August 6,2015 CEAC Status:"Issued "the same day

August 10,2015 Visa available for pick up at 2go MOA

August 11,2015 Visa on hand & CFO Seminar done

August 17,2015 flight to Las vegas

My interview experienced

Hi guys,my interview experienced at the US EMBASSY Manila Philippines
I arrived at the embassy around 3:30 am and I was number 11 on the line
Around 5:00 AM the guard let us in and there were 2 woman collecting the
documents :
1.DS260 confirmation page
2.Appoinment letter first page only
3.Passport
and then returned it to me with my passport inside the plastic and delivery
infromation sheet.You have to fill it out later for your visa delivery
Next I went inside for body and bag checking
Then I proceed to :
Step 1.finger print scanning and the woman asked me DS260 confirmation
page andAppoinment letter she wrote something on it and returned it to me
.And then she told me to go directly to step 2.
waiting time 2 minutes only before step 2
Step 2.Pre Screening Filipino consul.
He asked me the following documents because we only sent a xerox
copy to NVC.
:NSO Birth Certificate
:NSO Marriage Contract
:NBI
:CENOMAR/CEMAR
:Medical report
I submitted all those documnets
Questions
A.What is your Full name and Birth date?
B.Who is your petitioner?
C.When did you get married?
D.when was the last time he visited you.?
E.How did you know each other ?
F.Do you have a pictures together?
And that's all he then told me to go directly to step4 for final
interview and OATh taking.
waiting time before step 4 almost 2 hrs of sitting and waiting before the
consul called my # and I don't know why the're not using there screen to
show numbers.
Step 4. American Consul.( a woman and she was very nice.)
First I took oath after that she directly asked me a questions
Questions:
A.Your Full name and date of Birth?
B.who is your petitioner?
C.How long have you been married ?
D.Do you have kids?
E.what is your husband's job?
F.where does he work?
G.when did you get married?
H.how did you know each other?
I.what is his adress?
J.how many times he visited you ?
And that's all she said ( well everything looks good you may now go to step
5 for releasing.And then I said thak you very much!!!
Step 5: Releasing this time you will know if you have 221g.
1. woman asked me my ds260 confirmation page again
2. what is your full name and date of birth
and then she said alright everything is fine you may now go to 2go
counter for passport and visa pocket delivery.
2GO counter woman only asked me the delivery information sheet wherein you
have fill out all the details for delivery of your visa pocket.
And then I'm done around 9:30 am with a smile in my face and hungry
stomach,
All you have to do guys just be honest for every details everything will be
fine....

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Ok thanks for your quick reply.

I am still afraid of the word 'certfied'. Why has it been mentioned ? :P


Marriage: 2012-11-28

I-130 Sent : 2013-09-23

I-130 NOA1 : 2013-09-24

I-130 NOA2 : 2014-02-06 (Approved)

NVC Received : 2014-02-12

Interview appointment letter : 2015-06-03

Case Completed at NVC : 2015-06-03

NVC Left : 2015-06-17

Packet 3 Received : 2015-03-05

Packet 4 Received : 2015-06-10

Biometrics : 2015-07-14

Interview Date : 2015-07-15

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : 2015-07-16

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That were you should take your photo copied document with original one and make them as certified true copies from your legal government offices. It depends on your government I don't know how you work things out there. For us in the Philippines we've got legal sector from which or where you could request one and they will provide you a certified copies.

Better yet confirm that to your lawyer just to make things clear

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Hi,

Certified copies come directly from the Indian government office in charge of keeping those records.

You can not make your own certified copies. You must get them from the government.

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You just have to provide a xerox copy of your original documents such as:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Birth Certifcate
  • Clearance Certificate from Passport Office
  • Biographic Data Pages from Unexpired Passport
Incorrect.

How is a Xerox copy a certified document? It's not. It's just a copy. Where is the certification?

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Hello !

My lawyer has asked me to submit certified copies of following documents. Who should certify the copies ?

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Birth Certifcate
  • Clearance Certificate from Passport Office
  • Biographic Data Pages from Unexpired Passport

FYI: I am from India

Thank you :)

Generally in India the certification is done by gazetted officers( Government officials and some bank managers, lawyers or doctors etc hold this designation) . Here you have to carry your original and a xeroxed copy the officer will verify and then sign and give a seal on your xeroxed copy that its authentic.

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For US immigration needs (and I suppose your lawyer asked for certified copies for that purpose), copies of the documents you specified are sufficient. You submitted those copies, except the PCC, that got the I-130 approved, right?

The term "certified" is used rather frequently in India legalese; as long as the documents are legit, there should be no reason to be afraid of.

However, it's a different story if the lawyer is specific about certified copies.


USCIS

January 16, 2015 I-130 Mailed, Chi lockbox January 20, 2015 Priority Date, January 21, 2015 NOA1 notice date, Assigned VSC, January 23, 2015 Check Cashed, electronically March 5, 2015 NOA2

NVC

March 27, 2015 NVC received April 6, 2015 Case#, IIN# assigned April 8, 2015 Paid AOS + IV fee Invoices May 5, 2015 AOS + IV package submitted May 11, 2015 Scan Date

June 11, 2015 DS-260 submitted June 25, 2015 False checklist (for ds260).. hello? June 30, 2015 Answered checklist Aug 5, 2015 Escalated to Supervisor review Aug 13, 2015 Case Complete

Consular

Sept 10, 2015 Interview Scheduled Sept 11, 2015 P4 Letter received Sept 21, 2015 file In transit from NVC Sept 23, 2015 file at Embassy

Sept 28, 2015 Medical Oct 14, 2015 Biometrics Oct 15, 2015 Interview (Approved) Oct 19, 2015 IV visa Issued Oct 23, 2015 Passport Pickup

POE

Nov 2, 2015 Entered the US Nov 16, 2015 Applied for SSN, walk-in Nov 20, 2015 Social Security Card recd Jan 15, 2016 GC received

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Hello !

My lawyer has asked me to submit certified copies of following documents. Who should certify the copies ?

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Birth Certifcate
  • Clearance Certificate from Passport Office
  • Biographic Data Pages from Unexpired Passport

FYI: I am from India

Thank you :)

He meant simple xerox copies of certified certificates.

Not certified copies of certificates...


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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Xerox or Photocopy.

You go to any Notary Public Office to attest those photocopied papers of the required documents and that's all you need to submit to your lawyer.


Priority Date: 22 July 2013

Case Complete: 02 April 2014

Miracles Happen To Those Who Believe In Them!, And I Am A Believer! :devil:

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I guess the best person who can help him is an individual who are from India too. Coz in Philippines the only legal way for us to get a certified true copies are from the government. If it is about the marriage license and birth certificate for example, it is the national statistics office division. They are the only one who is allowed to provide a certified copies of those, not just by notary public as for you in Pakistan the way you legalize it.

Just my opinion. There's no right or wrong but definitely an Indian member would be a big help of his inquiry.

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That were you should take your photo copied document with original one and make them as certified true copies from your legal government offices. It depends on your government I don't know how you work things out there. For us in the Philippines we've got legal sector from which or where you could request one and they will provide you a certified copies.

Better yet confirm that to your lawyer just to make things clear

.........

For US immigration needs (and I suppose your lawyer asked for certified copies for that purpose), copies of the documents you specified are sufficient. You submitted those copies, except the PCC, that got the I-130 approved, right?

The term "certified" is used rather frequently in India legalese; as long as the documents are legit, there should be no reason to be afraid of.

However, it's a different story if the lawyer is specific about certified copies.

.......

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not eveyrone uses a lawyer...and a lawyer isn't needed to get a certified copy

once again not everyone uses a lawyer.

I'm just basing on his inquiry, I know that most of the visa process it doesn't necessarily needed certified copies not unless the government requested. He didn't exactly tell us what purpose is he using those so don't really know.

Whatever his lawyer is asking him, it's only him who knows what purpose it is, not unless he would share the details and it will be a lot more easier for us to conclude.

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Hi,

Certified copies come directly from the Indian government office in charge of keeping those records.

You can not make your own certified copies. You must get them from the government.

Incorrect.

How is a Xerox copy a certified document? It's not. It's just a copy. Where is the certification?

But as USCIS website suggests,Documents the Applicant Must Submit to the NVC is just a photocopy of the original documents. Further it suggests that Principal Applicant (me ..sitting here in India) should take the original documents to interview to verify. Then why my lawyer (sitting in US) is asking for certified or original copies ?

Secondly, how can I get a certified copy of PCC, Biographic data pages ? They must be either submitted original or photocopied.

Thanks


Marriage: 2012-11-28

I-130 Sent : 2013-09-23

I-130 NOA1 : 2013-09-24

I-130 NOA2 : 2014-02-06 (Approved)

NVC Received : 2014-02-12

Interview appointment letter : 2015-06-03

Case Completed at NVC : 2015-06-03

NVC Left : 2015-06-17

Packet 3 Received : 2015-03-05

Packet 4 Received : 2015-06-10

Biometrics : 2015-07-14

Interview Date : 2015-07-15

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : 2015-07-16

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But as USCIS website suggests,Documents the Applicant Must Submit to the NVC is just a photocopy of the original documents. Further it suggests that Principal Applicant (me ..sitting here in India) should take the original documents to interview to verify. Then why my lawyer (sitting in US) is asking for certified or original copies ?

Secondly, how can I get a certified copy of PCC, Biographic data pages ? They must be either submitted original or photocopied.

Thanks

you have to ask your attorney why he needs the original copy and let him know that you've read the requirements it only needs a photocopy and you will have to bring the original or certified at the consulate during the interview...

passport biographic page you only have to xerox copy it and send it to your attorney...


Priority Date Dec.09,2013

Feb.06,2014 NOA2

March 27 2014 IIN# and Case #

Feb.20,2015 DS261

Feb.21,2015 AOS paid

Feb.28,2015 AOS documents and IV documents sent in one package

March 4,2015 Scan date (NVC Package received email confirmation)

March.5,2015 invoiced IV

March 11,2015 IV status showed paid

March 12,2015 DS260 completed

April 1,2015 Case Completed No checklist (phone and email confirmation) :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea:

July 21,2015 Medical Passed

August 6 ,2015 Interview date scheduled over the phone confirmation 6/25/2015 :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea:

Interview letter via email received 6/30/2015

August 6,2015 interview Approved

August 6,2015 CEAC Status:"Issued "the same day

August 10,2015 Visa available for pick up at 2go MOA

August 11,2015 Visa on hand & CFO Seminar done

August 17,2015 flight to Las vegas

My interview experienced

Hi guys,my interview experienced at the US EMBASSY Manila Philippines
I arrived at the embassy around 3:30 am and I was number 11 on the line
Around 5:00 AM the guard let us in and there were 2 woman collecting the
documents :
1.DS260 confirmation page
2.Appoinment letter first page only
3.Passport
and then returned it to me with my passport inside the plastic and delivery
infromation sheet.You have to fill it out later for your visa delivery
Next I went inside for body and bag checking
Then I proceed to :
Step 1.finger print scanning and the woman asked me DS260 confirmation
page andAppoinment letter she wrote something on it and returned it to me
.And then she told me to go directly to step 2.
waiting time 2 minutes only before step 2
Step 2.Pre Screening Filipino consul.
He asked me the following documents because we only sent a xerox
copy to NVC.
:NSO Birth Certificate
:NSO Marriage Contract
:NBI
:CENOMAR/CEMAR
:Medical report
I submitted all those documnets
Questions
A.What is your Full name and Birth date?
B.Who is your petitioner?
C.When did you get married?
D.when was the last time he visited you.?
E.How did you know each other ?
F.Do you have a pictures together?
And that's all he then told me to go directly to step4 for final
interview and OATh taking.
waiting time before step 4 almost 2 hrs of sitting and waiting before the
consul called my # and I don't know why the're not using there screen to
show numbers.
Step 4. American Consul.( a woman and she was very nice.)
First I took oath after that she directly asked me a questions
Questions:
A.Your Full name and date of Birth?
B.who is your petitioner?
C.How long have you been married ?
D.Do you have kids?
E.what is your husband's job?
F.where does he work?
G.when did you get married?
H.how did you know each other?
I.what is his adress?
J.how many times he visited you ?
And that's all she said ( well everything looks good you may now go to step
5 for releasing.And then I said thak you very much!!!
Step 5: Releasing this time you will know if you have 221g.
1. woman asked me my ds260 confirmation page again
2. what is your full name and date of birth
and then she said alright everything is fine you may now go to 2go
counter for passport and visa pocket delivery.
2GO counter woman only asked me the delivery information sheet wherein you
have fill out all the details for delivery of your visa pocket.
And then I'm done around 9:30 am with a smile in my face and hungry
stomach,
All you have to do guys just be honest for every details everything will be
fine....

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