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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Bolivia
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This may have already been discussed, but I couldn't find anything specific on it.

Question: Do the police certificate(s) obtained by my spouse in Spanish, have to be translated into English? (for the Embassy interview)

It just seems a bit nuts to me. A US Embassy in a Spanish speaking country, requiring English translations of legal Spanish documents.

It’s been difficult for my wife. She lived in three major cities, two of which are in the middle of no where…and traveling in Bolivia is easier said than done. She did get the two difficult certificates and will get the final one, soon. It drives me crazy because I can't be there to help her through the difficult processes.

Any help appreciated...


  • 04-04-2006 Met on Internet
  • 09-22-2007 Married

  • ----- I-130 ----------
  • 10-29-2007 Mailed
  • 04-02-2008 Approved (NOA2 received 4/11/08, no web update)

  • ----- I-129F ---------
  • 01-22-2008 Mailed
  • 04-02-2008 Approved (NOA2 received 4/11/08, no web update)
  • 06-16-2008 Interview (Visa received 6-18)
  • 06-22-2008 US Entry

  • ----- AOS ---------
  • 08-11-2009 Mailed I-485 Package
  • 08-13-2009 Pachage delivered Chicago lockbox
  • 08-19-2009 Check cashed by USCIS
  • 08-20-2009 NOA1 Received - USCIS
  • 08-31-2009 NOA BIO Appointment Scheduled
  • 09-16-2009 BIO Appointment
  • 11-03-2009 Interview Appointment - SUCCESS!!!
  • 11-13-2009 10 year GC arrived !!!
  • Applying for US citizenship in 3 years...!!!!!!!!

The heart can endure so very much, but every moment apart still feels like an eternity.

We will be patient and we will endure, because the love we received is in answer to our dreams.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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I don't know if my answer will help you but...

If you can get the police certificate in English that would be great!!! If you got it in Spanish, then get it translated by a professional (lawyer?)

I live in a province/state where the main language is French and English as secondary. So when I went to the local police, they asked me if I wanted the form in English or French. I said English.

That's how I got mine in English! And YOU ABSOLUTELY need all your original documents in English so the Embassy people can read it. My interviewer was American, so obviously he wouldn't know any French and he told me he just arrived at the embassy like 4 weeks ago (he was very nice!)

Good luck!

Edited by Vani

K1-Visa in Montreal, Canada.

4/07 - Filed the I-129 F [Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)] Along with Bio forms [G-325a for both of us]

6/07 - Forms got resent back to my Fiance because I forgot to sign some papers. [silly me]

11/28/07 - Got my K1-Packet 3!!! It was a headache to fill in the papers.

2/15/08 - Sent all documents and forms through express! I was close to the expiration date

3/27/08 - Interview letter!!! I was in the US with my Fiance so I couldn't come back in time, rescheduled appointment.

4/24/08 - Got my interview done :) Approved! Passport+visa+brown envelope will be sent within a week.

5/1/08 - Got my Visa!

~ Flying to US on 6/11/08.

~June 19 2008- Married!!!

7/25/08 - Sent in AOS: I-485 along with EAD, AP.

8/7/08 - EAD, AP, AOS touched.

8/19/08 - Got an RFE for I-485... Fixing it.

8/22/08 - Biometrics taken in Portland.

10/08 - Another Bio (for work authorization card).

-- received my work authorization card and advance parole papers in meantime--

1/15/09 - AOS INTERVIEW *faints* in Seattle, Washington.

2/2/09 - Green Card!

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There is no need to translate the documents to English for the interview.

Vani, in a country where the official language is Spanish, there is no way that a public office would issue a document in English. If the OP decided he wanted to get it translated he'd have to take the documents to a certified translator not lawyer.


REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS

08.01.2011 - I-751 SENT

08.05.2011 - Check cashed

08.08.2011- NOA Received

08.19.2011 - Biometrics Letter Received

09.12.2011 - Biometrics Appointment

01.27.2012 - CARD PRODUCTION ORDERED!!!

02.01.2012 - 10 year GC Received.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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There is no need to translate the documents to English for the interview.

Vani, in a country where the official language is Spanish, there is no way that a public office would issue a document in English. If the OP decided he wanted to get it translated he'd have to take the documents to a certified translator not lawyer.

That sucks... Good thing I could have mine in English!

Well I wasn't sure anyways(good thing I mentionned I could be wrong xD)

I thought I could help :unsure:

Wow you frequent posters know a lot about these stuff!

Edited by Vani

K1-Visa in Montreal, Canada.

4/07 - Filed the I-129 F [Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)] Along with Bio forms [G-325a for both of us]

6/07 - Forms got resent back to my Fiance because I forgot to sign some papers. [silly me]

11/28/07 - Got my K1-Packet 3!!! It was a headache to fill in the papers.

2/15/08 - Sent all documents and forms through express! I was close to the expiration date

3/27/08 - Interview letter!!! I was in the US with my Fiance so I couldn't come back in time, rescheduled appointment.

4/24/08 - Got my interview done :) Approved! Passport+visa+brown envelope will be sent within a week.

5/1/08 - Got my Visa!

~ Flying to US on 6/11/08.

~June 19 2008- Married!!!

7/25/08 - Sent in AOS: I-485 along with EAD, AP.

8/7/08 - EAD, AP, AOS touched.

8/19/08 - Got an RFE for I-485... Fixing it.

8/22/08 - Biometrics taken in Portland.

10/08 - Another Bio (for work authorization card).

-- received my work authorization card and advance parole papers in meantime--

1/15/09 - AOS INTERVIEW *faints* in Seattle, Washington.

2/2/09 - Green Card!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Malaysia
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Please do check with your Embassy if it needs to be translated into English. I know I had to translate all my non English documents into English by an official translator as advised by the Embassy here.

Edited by CL79

“You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” - Jim Stovall -

Our Journey

2008-08-15 .......... Married on K-1!!!!

2009-08-28 .......... Sent AOS (I-485 and I-765) Application to Chicago

2009-09-11 .......... NOA 1 for I-485 and I-765

2009-09-25 .......... Biometrics Appointment in Charlotte, NC (walk-in)

2009-10-08 .......... EAD Approved (CRIS update)

2009-10-08 .......... I-485 Touched, I-485 Case transferred to CSC (CRIS update)

2009-10-09 .......... Biometrics Appointment #2 in Charlotte, NC (walk-in)

2009-10-15 .......... I-485 Case transferred to USCIS office

2009-10-16 .......... I-485 Touched, EAD card arrived in the mail

2009-10-19 .......... I-485 Touched

2009-11-04 .......... I-485 Touched

2009-11-05 .......... I-485 RFE (CRIS update)

2009-11-06 .......... I-485 Touched

2009-11-10 .......... RFE arrived in the mail

2009-11-12 .......... RFE response sent back to CSC

2009-11-17 .......... RFE Received at CSC (CRIS update)

2009-11-18 .......... I-485 Touched

2009-11-23 .......... I-485 Notice that new permanent resident status has been registered

2009-11-24 .......... I-485 Card production ordered

2009-11-25 .......... I-485 Touched

2009-11-30 .......... I-485 Approval Notice sent, Permanent Resident Card in the mail!!!

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There is no need to translate the documents to English for the interview.

Vani, in a country where the official language is Spanish, there is no way that a public office would issue a document in English. If the OP decided he wanted to get it translated he'd have to take the documents to a certified translator not lawyer.

That sucks... Good thing I could have mine in English!

Well I wasn't sure anyways(good thing I mentionned I could be wrong xD)

I thought I could help :unsure:

Wow you frequent posters know a lot about these stuff!

Don't worry ;) You guys are very in lucky in Canada, having 2 official languages! Having your documents issued in english can save you some money!

OP, I think that CL79 has a good point, you better check with your local Consulate just to be on the safe side. As far as I know is not need, but better be safe than sorry. Even if you don't have to get your fiance's documents translated for the interview, you'll have to translate her Birth Certificate to english for AOS.


REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS

08.01.2011 - I-751 SENT

08.05.2011 - Check cashed

08.08.2011- NOA Received

08.19.2011 - Biometrics Letter Received

09.12.2011 - Biometrics Appointment

01.27.2012 - CARD PRODUCTION ORDERED!!!

02.01.2012 - 10 year GC Received.

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Bolivia
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Thanks for the info…

We have all our documents translated already; it’s just the police certificates (3 in all) that have raised questions with me. My wife had to go through a lot of trouble to prove she has no criminal pass (not to mention her well established family was a bit offended by US requirements on this), she hates dealing with the difficult people in her countries offices and I was hoping to help her avoid additional aggravation.

I’ll have her check with the embassy and see if they will provide her the guidance on this.

Thanks again to all,


  • 04-04-2006 Met on Internet
  • 09-22-2007 Married

  • ----- I-130 ----------
  • 10-29-2007 Mailed
  • 04-02-2008 Approved (NOA2 received 4/11/08, no web update)

  • ----- I-129F ---------
  • 01-22-2008 Mailed
  • 04-02-2008 Approved (NOA2 received 4/11/08, no web update)
  • 06-16-2008 Interview (Visa received 6-18)
  • 06-22-2008 US Entry

  • ----- AOS ---------
  • 08-11-2009 Mailed I-485 Package
  • 08-13-2009 Pachage delivered Chicago lockbox
  • 08-19-2009 Check cashed by USCIS
  • 08-20-2009 NOA1 Received - USCIS
  • 08-31-2009 NOA BIO Appointment Scheduled
  • 09-16-2009 BIO Appointment
  • 11-03-2009 Interview Appointment - SUCCESS!!!
  • 11-13-2009 10 year GC arrived !!!
  • Applying for US citizenship in 3 years...!!!!!!!!

The heart can endure so very much, but every moment apart still feels like an eternity.

We will be patient and we will endure, because the love we received is in answer to our dreams.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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Why is it so hard to get her police certificate? (Mine was easy...)

A lady filled out my form, asked me for pieces of ID/Passport (and I letter to prove that I live near the area I think), paid 60$ and got my police certificate in a month.

Is it hard because of the process, or the arseholes?

Hope you can get it soon~


K1-Visa in Montreal, Canada.

4/07 - Filed the I-129 F [Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)] Along with Bio forms [G-325a for both of us]

6/07 - Forms got resent back to my Fiance because I forgot to sign some papers. [silly me]

11/28/07 - Got my K1-Packet 3!!! It was a headache to fill in the papers.

2/15/08 - Sent all documents and forms through express! I was close to the expiration date

3/27/08 - Interview letter!!! I was in the US with my Fiance so I couldn't come back in time, rescheduled appointment.

4/24/08 - Got my interview done :) Approved! Passport+visa+brown envelope will be sent within a week.

5/1/08 - Got my Visa!

~ Flying to US on 6/11/08.

~June 19 2008- Married!!!

7/25/08 - Sent in AOS: I-485 along with EAD, AP.

8/7/08 - EAD, AP, AOS touched.

8/19/08 - Got an RFE for I-485... Fixing it.

8/22/08 - Biometrics taken in Portland.

10/08 - Another Bio (for work authorization card).

-- received my work authorization card and advance parole papers in meantime--

1/15/09 - AOS INTERVIEW *faints* in Seattle, Washington.

2/2/09 - Green Card!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Malaysia
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Thanks for the info…

We have all our documents translated already; it’s just the police certificates (3 in all) that have raised questions with me. My wife had to go through a lot of trouble to prove she has no criminal pass (not to mention her well established family was a bit offended by US requirements on this), she hates dealing with the difficult people in her countries offices and I was hoping to help her avoid additional aggravation.

I’ll have her check with the embassy and see if they will provide her the guidance on this.

Thanks again to all,

Oh I understand the kind of trouble you had to deal with, especially the difficult people at the public offices. It's even worst when dealing with those from different countries, thousands of miles away and don't speak the same language. Grr....

Anyways, my suggestion is to get any of your official documents translated into English even though it may not be needed during the interview. Who knows at some point in the US, you may need it and I heard it is a lot more expensive to translate a document in the US. Just a suggestion...

Cheers!

:star::star:

Edited by CL79

“You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” - Jim Stovall -

Our Journey

2008-08-15 .......... Married on K-1!!!!

2009-08-28 .......... Sent AOS (I-485 and I-765) Application to Chicago

2009-09-11 .......... NOA 1 for I-485 and I-765

2009-09-25 .......... Biometrics Appointment in Charlotte, NC (walk-in)

2009-10-08 .......... EAD Approved (CRIS update)

2009-10-08 .......... I-485 Touched, I-485 Case transferred to CSC (CRIS update)

2009-10-09 .......... Biometrics Appointment #2 in Charlotte, NC (walk-in)

2009-10-15 .......... I-485 Case transferred to USCIS office

2009-10-16 .......... I-485 Touched, EAD card arrived in the mail

2009-10-19 .......... I-485 Touched

2009-11-04 .......... I-485 Touched

2009-11-05 .......... I-485 RFE (CRIS update)

2009-11-06 .......... I-485 Touched

2009-11-10 .......... RFE arrived in the mail

2009-11-12 .......... RFE response sent back to CSC

2009-11-17 .......... RFE Received at CSC (CRIS update)

2009-11-18 .......... I-485 Touched

2009-11-23 .......... I-485 Notice that new permanent resident status has been registered

2009-11-24 .......... I-485 Card production ordered

2009-11-25 .......... I-485 Touched

2009-11-30 .......... I-485 Approval Notice sent, Permanent Resident Card in the mail!!!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Hungary
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Please do check with your Embassy if it needs to be translated into English. I know I had to translate all my non English documents into English by an official translator as advised by the Embassy here.

Where can you find a certified translator?


Our Relationship

(09-27-06)Met in Hungary

(11-25-06)Fell in Love

(11-24-07)Met again in Hungary

(02-19-08)Met again in Hungary

K1 Visa Petition

(09-27-07)Preparing to send K1 Petition

(12-03-07)K1 Petition Sent US Postal Service

(12-11-07)Received NOA 1

(12-28-07)Touched

(03-11-08)Recieved NOA 2

(03-21-08)Recieved at NVC

(03-27-08)Sent from NVC

(04-02-08)Received Packet 3

(04-27-08)Medical Completed

(05-15-08)Received Packet 4

(05-29-08)Interview Date

(05-29-08)Visa given 40 mins after approval

(06-02-08)Arrival at the JFK and EAD given

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Malaysia
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Please do check with your Embassy if it needs to be translated into English. I know I had to translate all my non English documents into English by an official translator as advised by the Embassy here.

Where can you find a certified translator?

Hi Dave,

I am not quite sure where you could locate one from Hungary that translates documents from Hungarian to English and vice versa. I found two official translators association in Malaysia while "googling".

I was trying to search for Hungarian official translators on Google yesterday.... and some of the sites were in some foreign language :blink: Anyone with experience could perhaps help????

Cheers! :star:


“You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” - Jim Stovall -

Our Journey

2008-08-15 .......... Married on K-1!!!!

2009-08-28 .......... Sent AOS (I-485 and I-765) Application to Chicago

2009-09-11 .......... NOA 1 for I-485 and I-765

2009-09-25 .......... Biometrics Appointment in Charlotte, NC (walk-in)

2009-10-08 .......... EAD Approved (CRIS update)

2009-10-08 .......... I-485 Touched, I-485 Case transferred to CSC (CRIS update)

2009-10-09 .......... Biometrics Appointment #2 in Charlotte, NC (walk-in)

2009-10-15 .......... I-485 Case transferred to USCIS office

2009-10-16 .......... I-485 Touched, EAD card arrived in the mail

2009-10-19 .......... I-485 Touched

2009-11-04 .......... I-485 Touched

2009-11-05 .......... I-485 RFE (CRIS update)

2009-11-06 .......... I-485 Touched

2009-11-10 .......... RFE arrived in the mail

2009-11-12 .......... RFE response sent back to CSC

2009-11-17 .......... RFE Received at CSC (CRIS update)

2009-11-18 .......... I-485 Touched

2009-11-23 .......... I-485 Notice that new permanent resident status has been registered

2009-11-24 .......... I-485 Card production ordered

2009-11-25 .......... I-485 Touched

2009-11-30 .......... I-485 Approval Notice sent, Permanent Resident Card in the mail!!!

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