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I have seen on multiple posts that all documents sent to NVC must be certified by the issuing authority … now I am from a state in India where the birth certificate is issued by the marriage registrar and birth certificate is issued form a local-government body … now as far as I know the officers don’t have to authority to certify those document ….. in that case what does “certified copy” means ? In India Notaries has more power because they are all lawyers …. So do I just need to get it notarized??

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I have seen on multiple posts that all documents sent to NVC must be certified by the issuing authority … now I am from a state in India where the birth certificate is issued by the marriage registrar and birth certificate is issued form a local-government body … now as far as I know the officers don’t have to authority to certify those document ….. in that case what does “certified copy” means ? In India Notaries has more power because they are all lawyers …. So do I just need to get it notarized??

You are very right, In india somethings are really impossible,that's what I mentioned in another post. I have got my duplicate copy of birth certificate from municiple as backup but for marriage cert i only got a photocopy from DC office(where i registered marriage) with superinteded sign on it, which is nothing without stamp on it, so i am sending my original marriage certificate.

Notarised copies are not acceptable in NVC as i read in some thread.


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USCIS Process

Nov 7th, 2007 Petition I-130 to NSC

Jan 22nd, 2008 recieved by CSC

Jan 28th, 2008 received NOA1

Apr 2nd, 2008 received NOA2

NVC Process

Apr 22th, 2008 recevied Case number(generated and sent on april 14th)

Apr 22th, 2008 recevied DS-3032/AOS Bill

Apr 24th, 2008 Sent AOS Bill to NVC

Apr 24th, 2008 emailed NVC for Choice of Agent.

May 2nd, 2008 email accepted for Choice of Agent

May 5th, 2008 Immigrant Visa Fee bill generated

May 8th, 2008 Got IIN and paid Immigrant visa bill Online

May 9th, 2008 packet of information generated

May 12th, 2008 AOS package sent to NVC

June 12th,2008 DS-230 received by NVC

June 16th,2008 DS-230 entered into system

June 19th,2008 Case complete..I am happy.

July 14th.2008 found out my interview date.....which is 5th august.

July 15th,2008 Case forwarded to New Delhi embassy.

July 22nd,2008 Medical Done.

July 25th,2008 VFS fee paid.

Aug 5th,2008 Visa Approved.

Aug 17th, 2008 expected POE.

Aug 27th, 2008 Social Security Number received.

Sep 7th, 2008 Green Card received.

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May 22th, 2010 Filed i-751 to remove conditions.

May 30th, 2010 Received Notice of action

July 30th, 2010 Received Appointment letter for Biometrics

Sep 23th, 2010 Application Approved

Sep 28th, 2010 Green Card Received

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Notarised is not what they want, they have clearly mentioned certify from issuing authority. In these all things are comlicated.


My Timeline

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USCIS Process

Nov 7th, 2007 Petition I-130 to NSC

Jan 22nd, 2008 recieved by CSC

Jan 28th, 2008 received NOA1

Apr 2nd, 2008 received NOA2

NVC Process

Apr 22th, 2008 recevied Case number(generated and sent on april 14th)

Apr 22th, 2008 recevied DS-3032/AOS Bill

Apr 24th, 2008 Sent AOS Bill to NVC

Apr 24th, 2008 emailed NVC for Choice of Agent.

May 2nd, 2008 email accepted for Choice of Agent

May 5th, 2008 Immigrant Visa Fee bill generated

May 8th, 2008 Got IIN and paid Immigrant visa bill Online

May 9th, 2008 packet of information generated

May 12th, 2008 AOS package sent to NVC

June 12th,2008 DS-230 received by NVC

June 16th,2008 DS-230 entered into system

June 19th,2008 Case complete..I am happy.

July 14th.2008 found out my interview date.....which is 5th august.

July 15th,2008 Case forwarded to New Delhi embassy.

July 22nd,2008 Medical Done.

July 25th,2008 VFS fee paid.

Aug 5th,2008 Visa Approved.

Aug 17th, 2008 expected POE.

Aug 27th, 2008 Social Security Number received.

Sep 7th, 2008 Green Card received.

______________________________________________

May 22th, 2010 Filed i-751 to remove conditions.

May 30th, 2010 Received Notice of action

July 30th, 2010 Received Appointment letter for Biometrics

Sep 23th, 2010 Application Approved

Sep 28th, 2010 Green Card Received

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Another set of originals in India is …..”not an option” … the only way you get another one is to provide proof that the original are lost ….. Even in that case they won’t give you another new certificate they just write on a paper that the person was born …in this district and his birth is registered with the local-office sign, date and stamp….. It will not have the fathers and mothers full name and everything like the original certificate does

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To my friends who are going through NVC process right now …. Ho has sent the originals to NVC and got it back at the time of the interview?

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I have seen on multiple posts that all documents sent to NVC must be certified by the issuing authority … now I am from a state in India where the birth certificate is issued by the marriage registrar and birth certificate is issued form a local-government body … now as far as I know the officers don’t have to authority to certify those document ….. in that case what does “certified copy” means ? In India Notaries has more power because they are all lawyers …. So do I just need to get it notarized??

I was in the same boat as you. When I get approved, I have to send original document for my wife's birth certificate. However, the local govt. office of village she was born in doesn't issue "Certified Copy". They said only city municipal govt. has the right to issue "Certified Copy". So, my wife went to local govt. office of the village and explained they she needed another copy of birth certificate because she didn't want to risk loosing the only original she had by submitting that to NVC. So, the guy looked up the records and checked her original birth certificate and issued her another "duplicate" certificate. So, now she has two certificate with same details in the same format. She will use one to submit in NVC.

I would NOT send 'notarized' copies to NVC. I would send the originals. In India, notary officers may have more power but for NVC that doesn't mean anything. NVC does NOT accept 'notarized' copies no matter what country you are from. So, don't send 'notarized' copies. Send Originals. Go to your local office and plead your case and ask them to issue another birth certificate. It's not a violation of law for them to issue another birth certificate even if you have existing birth certificate. Your birth certificate doesn't have to be lost for them to issue another one. They should be able to lookup the records and check your existing original birth certificate and issue another one just like it with same details in same format.

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USCIS

2008-03-01: I-130 Sent

2008-03-10: I-130 NOA1

2008-08-11: NOA2 I-130 - APPROVED

NVC

2008-08-14: Package forwarded to NVC

2008-08-25: DS3032 Generated and AOS Bill Generated

2008-08-26: IIN Obtained

2008-08-26: COA Emailed

2008-08-27: Paid AOS Bill (online)

2008-08-29: AOS Bill status "PAID" on NVC website

2008-08-29: AOS Bill and DS3032 hardcopy arrived in mail

2008-09-13: Paid IV Bill (online)

2008-09-05: COA Accepted by NVC

2008-09-05: Mailed I-864

2008-09-17: IV Bill status "PAID" on NVC website

2008-09-23 : Mailed DS-230

2008-10-01 : Case Complete

2008-11-01 : Medical Exam

2008-11-06 : VFS Office visit

2008-11-20 : Interview ...APPROVED

2008-11-22: Visa in Hand

2008-12-12 : POE in Chicago

2009-01-03 : Received Welcome Letter

2009-01-30 : Received Social Security #

2009-01-12: Received Another Welcome Letter w/ GC

2009-01-12 : Received Green Card

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