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For the I-130 package, I need to include evidence of bona fide marriage and was planning on using our daughter's birth certificate. However, obtaining an NSO birth certificate can take up to 2 months and I'd like to start my IR-1 process soon.

Should I wait for the NSO copy, or; should I use the LCR copy, or: should I use an LCR copy with a note saying that the NOS copy is being obtained?

Thanks in advance for your feedback!

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For the I-130 package, I need to include evidence of bona fide marriage and was planning on using our daughter's birth certificate. However, obtaining an NSO birth certificate can take up to 2 months and I'd like to start my IR-1 process soon.

Should I wait for the NSO copy, or; should I use the LCR copy, or: should I use an LCR copy with a note saying that the NOS copy is being obtained?

Thanks in advance for your feedback!

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For the I-130 package, I need to include evidence of bona fide marriage and was planning on using our daughter's birth certificate. However, obtaining an NSO birth certificate can take up to 2 months and I'd like to start my IR-1 process soon.

Should I wait for the NSO copy, or; should I use the LCR copy, or: should I use an LCR copy with a note saying that the NOS copy is being obtained?

Thanks in advance for your feedback!

When was the child born? It can take up to 6 months from BC filing to get the NSO version unless you apply for expedite a.k.a advance endorsement at the LCR.

Once you have the NSO version it's easy to get succeeding copies. You can get it right away if you go to NSO or a few days if you order via phone or online.

As for the i130, yes the certified LCR BC should suffice because you're only using it as proof of your relationship.

Edited by apple21

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For I-130 NSO version of anything is not requirement because that doc is handled (or mis-handled) by USCIS.

When your case gets to the NVC, they used to require NSO originals of everything... MC, BC, etc. In Oct 2014 their policy was changed in that photocopies would be acceptable but originals would need to be presented at USEM interview. I still think you need the NSO and not LCR versions but at least you can use the net to move the files around and not LBC, FedEx, DHL.


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Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-17
I-130 Sent : 2014-06-23
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-25
I-130 RFE : 2014-08-11 (Wanted NSO Marriage Certificate, not LCR)
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-08-14
I-130 Approved : 2014-08-27
NVC Received : 2014-09-15
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Submit DS-261 : 2014-09-17
Send AOS Package : 2014-09-19
Receive IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Pay IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Received Interview Letter by E-mail: 2015-03-20 (May 5, 2015)
SLEC completed: 2015-04-22
Visa Approved: 2015-05-05
Visa Issued: 2015-05-15 (221g for no CENOMAR!)

Visa Received: 2015-05-21

POE: Chicago 2015-09-14

GC Received: 2015-11-17

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For I-130 NSO version of anything is not requirement because that doc is handled (or mis-handled) by USCIS.

When your case gets to the NVC, they used to require NSO originals of everything... MC, BC, etc. In Oct 2014 their policy was changed in that photocopies would be acceptable but originals would need to be presented at USEM interview. I still think you need the NSO and not LCR versions but at least you can use the net to move the files around and not LBC, FedEx, DHL.

Yes. All correct, except

But he's only using the document in question as further proof of a bonafide relationship, like a stack of pictures or a chat log, and not as a required I-130 document or NVC document as the BC is that of a child that is a U.S. citizen by birth.

Edited by JohnandMhay

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Ordering Your NSO Certificate is Easy and fast, about 2 week turnaround, no lines because you do it online and it's delivered to your Filipino address. Go to my website using the link in my signature below and click on the "visa application steps, and then select the tab "Required Documentation" scroll down just a bit and you will see the instructions.

Good luck.

very helpful....thank you greenbaum :)

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