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The state department says that they need the "original" or "certified" copies of the following:

Birth Certificate

Marriage Certificate

Photocopy of Valid Passport Biographic Data Page

Police Certificate(s)

What would "certified" mean, especially in the context of Pakistan. Would a Notary Public certification of Birth and Marriage Certificates be enough?

Thanks in advance.


I-130 and I-129F

Marriage : 03-20-2008

I-130 Sent : 04-30-2008

I-130 NOA1 : 05-07-2008

I-129F Sent : 05-12-2008

I-129F NOA1 : 05-21-2008

I-130 Touched: 10-01-2008

I-130 Touched: 10-02-2008

I-129F Touched: 10-31-2008

I-130 NOA2 : 01-04-2009

I-129F NOA2 : 01-04-2009

NVC Journey Begins

NVC Received/Case number assigned: 01-06-2009

DS-3032 / AOS Bill Generated: 01-08-2009

E-mail/Mail DS-3032 : 01-08-2009

DS-3032 Accepted: 01-12-2009

Pay AOS Bill: 01-14-2009

Pay IV Bill: 01-14-2009

AOS Bill Show as PAID:01-15-2009

IV Bill Show as PAID: 01-15-2009

Mailed I-864 Package: 01-15-2009

IV Bill Generated: 01-15-2009

Mailed IV Package: 01-26-2009

IV Package Received by NVC: 01-29-2009

Case Completed at NVC: 02-05-2009

Interview Scheduled on: 02-10-2009 (Interview Date: 03-19-2008)

NVC Left: 02-13-2009

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India
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What they really what is the originals. I have seen so many problems with so called certified copies that the NVC regrets.

When they say certified copy, it would be like you in the USA going to get a duplicate copy of your birth cirtificate or marriage certificate from the country registry. They would produce the certificate and put their offical seal on it. I wouldn't recommend you making a copy and having just a notary stamp it. Notaries are just for signatures to say it was you that signed a document.

Perhaps others from your country will comment on where to go for these if you don't already have the orginal. If you are sending the orginal from other country, I recommend using a service like FED EX or DHL that has a tracking device and insures delivery. The embassy will return all orginals back to you at the interview.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Jordan
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WaitingforRakesh is 100% correct! You really should send in original documents...or a duplicate that originated in the country you are working through, like a US birth certificate- It is always a good idea to have 2 "originals" ,HOWEVER, they want the ORIGINAL MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE COUNTRY WHERE THE INTERVIW WILL TAKE PLACE. I sent in first, only the ENGLISH version, and needed to have hubby send me the ORIGINAL Arabic one, because it got us an RFE! Be Cautious and send as many originals as possible!!!

The notary thing is really like Waiting said... for proof that you are the person that signed said document! Hope that didn't confuse matters!--good luck!-Amy


April 29, 2008-met Amin- the man of my dreams&love of my life! May 29,2008- flew to Jordan June 1, 2008-started the long CRAZY process of standing in line, waiting for stamps, and being sent from one office to another only to pay another fee and find another line! June 3,2008-The HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE! June 11, 2008- Returned home,started paperwork.June 30, 2008-Sent off I-130 pkt to Chicago.July 3, 2008-I-130 pkt received, fwd to CSC.August 4, 2008-NOA #1 August 11, 2008-Sent in I-129F pkt to CSC.August 18, 2008-NOA#2*APPROVED*September 4, 2008-NVC printed AOS instructions-(mailed Sept. 8) September 13, 2008-Rec'd AOS Bill in the mail.[/i] September 15, 2008-Used online payment option.-October 14, 2008-Sent off AOS packet with joint sponsor info.-rec'd@NVC Oct 15. October 30,2008-Got RFENovember 12, 2008-Priority to NVC,BIOGRAPH/Certs!Here we go![/b]November 19,2008RFE!#######!-overnite Nov 25-3 December, 2008-CASE COMPLETE NVC!INTERVIEW FEB 18TH-Approved!!!February 28,2009 HUBBY ARRIVED ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28TH, 2009---LIFE HAS JUST BEGUN!!!!ALHAMDULALLAH!

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they want the ORIGINAL MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE COUNTRY WHERE THE INTERVIW WILL TAKE PLACE. I sent in first, only the ENGLISH version, and needed to have hubby send me the ORIGINAL Arabic one, because it got us an RFE! Be Cautious and send as many originals as possible!!!

Thank you WaitingforRakesh and ARALB. In Pakistan it is difficult to get the original let alone getting TWO originals of each document. I guess I have no choice but to ask my wife to risk sending in the originals and retain photocopies of the same, just in case.

Our original marriage certificate was in English (we had a choice to use either Urdu or English at the time of marriage), although the language of the country is Urdu. We opted to use the English certificate precisely with immigration paperwork in mind. Please, somebody tell me that this is not going to be a problem.


I-130 and I-129F

Marriage : 03-20-2008

I-130 Sent : 04-30-2008

I-130 NOA1 : 05-07-2008

I-129F Sent : 05-12-2008

I-129F NOA1 : 05-21-2008

I-130 Touched: 10-01-2008

I-130 Touched: 10-02-2008

I-129F Touched: 10-31-2008

I-130 NOA2 : 01-04-2009

I-129F NOA2 : 01-04-2009

NVC Journey Begins

NVC Received/Case number assigned: 01-06-2009

DS-3032 / AOS Bill Generated: 01-08-2009

E-mail/Mail DS-3032 : 01-08-2009

DS-3032 Accepted: 01-12-2009

Pay AOS Bill: 01-14-2009

Pay IV Bill: 01-14-2009

AOS Bill Show as PAID:01-15-2009

IV Bill Show as PAID: 01-15-2009

Mailed I-864 Package: 01-15-2009

IV Bill Generated: 01-15-2009

Mailed IV Package: 01-26-2009

IV Package Received by NVC: 01-29-2009

Case Completed at NVC: 02-05-2009

Interview Scheduled on: 02-10-2009 (Interview Date: 03-19-2008)

NVC Left: 02-13-2009

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