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Hi,

Does the consulate accept laminated orignal documents ? My original Indian birth certificate is laminated, will it be accepted at the US consulate at the time of interview?

Your inputs will be highly appreciable!

There shouldn't be any problem. They will need original to see. After verification and keeping a copy with them they will return your papers to you. Don't worry about it as long as it is in English. Your certificate has registration number and name of the body who issued it. As long as certificate is English there is no problem at all.

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I would guess and say no :S I know here we are not allowed to laminate Birth Certificate or Social Security Cards. I had one at one point laminated wasnt excepted for even jobs or nothing.


 
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Which brings me to.. can documents be safely unlaminated back to original? I don't know the lamination process, hence my curiosity.


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Which brings me to.. can documents be safely unlaminated back to original? I don't know the lamination process, hence my curiosity.

No.

They are sealed with heat. Any attempt to remove the laminate will destroy the paper within. The only time I've ever been able to remove laminate was immediately after, but because of the glue used, it's pretty rare to get a document out unscathed.

To the OP:

My original birth certificate was laminated, although my mother and father did not do it, it came from the government that way. If yours was originally laminated by the government then it should be okay, but it was done afterwards, then perhaps see if you can get a new one.

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~~organizer hat on~~

~~moved to US embassy discussion from IR1/CR1 process and procedures as question is about an embassy or consulate not the IR1 process~~


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I can understand why some do it, but lamination just makes the document appear fake.

The type of paper used for standard India official documents is thin by comparison, unlike the standard 20-lb stock used in the US.


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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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Hi alessa,

I have my interview on 15 th Dec. well I will be taking original birth certificate which I had laminated to preserve it. I am unsure it will be accepted or not so instead I will be submitting documents that are accepted as per country specific mentioned on nvc website if one doesn't have original birth certificate. I am taking secondary evidence which is affidavit by parents.

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Hi alessa,

I have my interview on 15 th Dec. well I will be taking original birth certificate which I had laminated to preserve it. I am unsure it will be accepted or not so instead I will be submitting documents that are accepted as per country specific mentioned on nvc website if one doesn't have original birth certificate. I am taking secondary evidence which is affidavit by parents.

Oh, I see, good luck at interview!)) and thanks for the answer!

oh, also, do you know, if we file petition this december, and interview I will have at 2016, will they need tax return from 2015? Because I thought 2014 will be enough and on interview I could say that my US fiance haven't file for taxes yet?

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