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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Russia
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The 1-485 says to include the certified copy of the marriage certificate.

We are just including a copy of the original marriage certificate and hoping we wont get an RFE - any one tried this and faced any problems?

Certified means that it has been stamped by the local courthouse from which it was registered. If you're using an original, it should already have this stamp. I think you'll be fine.


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The original from the pastor or Church? Or the one that was certified at a city hall?

If it's just some original framing copy, NO. It must have an official stamp on it.


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I don't know if that'll get you an RFE or not.

A certified copy is a "certified" copy. A photocopy of a certified copy may or may not work but I'm pretty sure they want the "real deal" when you send all that stuff in.

Look at it from their point of view, anyone can cut and paste on a computer. If you have a "certified" copy then there's someone out there "swearing" that it's a real document.

If it's a time issue and you don't have extra copies and are trying to send it in right now, if I was you, I would go to my local bank or whatever and get that sucker notarized. I'd send that in and in the mean time I'd request a "certified copy" from my legal office where I got married so that way if there was an RFE I'd have the real deal ready to go when they sent it and I could send that to them the day the RFE arrived. Instead of delaying three weeks while waiting for the certified copy to come in the mail and then sending in the AOS papers, I could delay the case by only a few days by sending that notarized copy first and who knows, maybe that's good enough.


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I only sent them the copy of our marriage certificate. We applied in October and now our papers transferred to CA. I haven't received any RFE so far ( knock on the wood) and I am assuming since they are already in CA i maybe won't even get any RFE'S. I would think that if there are any problems, they would send it back to me right away before transferring documents for further processing. Just my own opnion......and hoping that I am right :innocent:


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My problem with this question and the answers is "the original marriage certificate". So many times you get a framable copy of the marriage certificate which is not official in any way, shape, or form. I am still unclear as to the origin of this "official marriage certificate" the poster is talking about. Is it truly official?


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In California, the original always stays with the county clerk and you can only get certified copy from them. The certified copy has a raised seal on it. I imagine if you just make a photocopy of that, it would be insufficient, since it would lack that raised seal.

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In California, the original always stays with the county clerk and you can only get certified copy from them. The certified copy has a raised seal on it. I imagine if you just make a photocopy of that, it would be insufficient, since it would lack that raised seal.

No - I got an original marriage certificate - we applied for it when we got married. We got married at the County Clerk's office. We applied for the marriage license and got married the same day - the marriage was solemized at the County Clerk's office by the office staff. This orginal marriage license/certificate is from the County Clerk's office with all the seals/stamps, signatures on it.

So I had simply made a photocopy of this original and had sent it with I-485.

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I think the framed one is some sort of keepsake certificate (not really an official document)

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No - I got an original marriage certificate - we applied for it when we got married. We got married at the County Clerk's office. We applied for the marriage license and got married the same day - the marriage was solemnized at the County Clerk's office by the office staff. This original marriage license/certificate is from the County Clerk's office with all the seals/stamps, signatures on it.
Well I guess every county clerk is different in California. We did the exact same thing you described and we only got a purple certified copy, the original, I remember seeing it being used for a copy, always stayed with them.

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The 1-485 says to include the certified copy of the marriage certificate.

We are just including a copy of the original marriage certificate and hoping we wont get an RFE - any one tried this and faced any problems?

Photocopy is fine. Take your certified copy to your interview, if you have one. This is exactly what we did.


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