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Originals or photocopies for i-130 from abroad

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Hi!

 

Does anyone know if originals are required for document such as marriage certificate when applying from abroad? 

We are filing from Norway...

 

I have certified copies, but I would rather save them for the NVC application, since I heard that one requires certified copies... right?

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Copies are good unless originals are specifically asked for.


If it isn't difficult, it isn't worth it.

 

K1 process

9/24/15: I129f sent

9/30/15: NOA1

11/2/15: NOA2

Delayed processing due to work

3/15/16: Medical

4/28/16: Interview (approved)

Delayed entry due to work

8/12/16: POE Detroit

 

9/4/16: Wedding!

 

AOS process:

9/9/16: I485/I131/I765 sent

9/14/16: Received 3xNOAs by text/e-mail (day 2)

9/14-18/16: Received 3xpaper NOAs 

9/23/16: Received biometrics appointment letter (day 11)

10/3/16: Biometrics appointment (day 19)

11/4/16: EAD+AP approved (day 53)

11/16/16: EAD status changed to card shipped (day 65)

11/17/16: EAD/AP combo card received (day 66)

12/30/16: Notice of interview scheduled (day 109)

2/1/17: AOS interview (day 142) - APPROVED

2/8/17: GC received (day 150)

 

ROC process:

11/3/2018: ROC window opens

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No, photocopies should be fine for the petition phase.


If it isn't difficult, it isn't worth it.

 

K1 process

9/24/15: I129f sent

9/30/15: NOA1

11/2/15: NOA2

Delayed processing due to work

3/15/16: Medical

4/28/16: Interview (approved)

Delayed entry due to work

8/12/16: POE Detroit

 

9/4/16: Wedding!

 

AOS process:

9/9/16: I485/I131/I765 sent

9/14/16: Received 3xNOAs by text/e-mail (day 2)

9/14-18/16: Received 3xpaper NOAs 

9/23/16: Received biometrics appointment letter (day 11)

10/3/16: Biometrics appointment (day 19)

11/4/16: EAD+AP approved (day 53)

11/16/16: EAD status changed to card shipped (day 65)

11/17/16: EAD/AP combo card received (day 66)

12/30/16: Notice of interview scheduled (day 109)

2/1/17: AOS interview (day 142) - APPROVED

2/8/17: GC received (day 150)

 

ROC process:

11/3/2018: ROC window opens

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11 hours ago, ny2017 said:

For me, that was for the I-130 part. Please, don´t do the mistake I did - thought it was not important to translate all Norwegian documents. Received RFE that delayed the process 3 months. I have yet to submit documents for the ds 260.

Ahhh.... Sorry to hear that!! May I ask what kind of Norwegian documents you sent them for the i-130? 

Was it like statements from the bank, marriage certificate or something like that?

 

We got married in America so there's not much "Norwegian" documents that I need to send in. Just waiting to get

her added to our house loan/mortgage her in Norway as proof of marriage and cohabitation. 

 

What kind of documents did you send in? 

 

 

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I am IR-5, so a little different. Submitted a copy of my daughters birth certificate, but later received RFE to send original. Then again another RFE (why did they not send ALL RFE at once?) for translation of my daughter´s name change document. Sent copy of name change documents for both me and my daughter, and only sent one translation, thinking they were alike except the name. No other documents.

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17 hours ago, ny2017 said:

I am IR-5, so a little different. Submitted a copy of my daughters birth certificate, but later received RFE to send original. Then again another RFE (why did they not send ALL RFE at once?) for translation of my daughter´s name change document. Sent copy of name change documents for both me and my daughter, and only sent one translation, thinking they were alike except the name. No other documents.

So, it seems like they are more strict with "foreign" documents, like Norwegian ones, compared to American documents. Did you have any problems with submitting copies of your American documents, or just the Norwegian part?

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