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Hello,

I'm wondering if there is another Canadian particularly from Alberta who has encountered the same situation. I am currently preparing affidavits in support of the I-130 (bona fides of maritial relationship); two of these affidavits are sworn by Canadians. Before these Canadian affidavits will be accepted as authentic in the U.S., they need to be sent to Edmonton so they can be verified as authentic by the Provincial Deputy's Office who attaches a certificate of authentication to them. Besides the certificate of authentication, is anything else required to show these affidavits are genuine?

Any help would be appreciated!

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Hello,

I'm wondering if there is another Canadian particularly from Alberta who has encountered the same situation. I am currently preparing affidavits in support of the I-130 (bona fides of maritial relationship); two of these affidavits are sworn by Canadians. Before these Canadian affidavits will be accepted as authentic in the U.S., they need to be sent to Edmonton so they can be verified as authentic by the Provincial Deputy's Office who attaches a certificate of authentication to them. Besides the certificate of authentication, is anything else required to show these affidavits are genuine?

Any help would be appreciated!

I've never heard of affidavits that have to be sent to someone in a government department! Could you not have affidavits sworn to in front of any notary? This is very weird and I hope that someone from Alberta can answer this! I had to send in some affidavits with my ROC and they had to be sworn or attested to. This makes a big difference, as the writer themselves can write that they attest to their authenticity.

Can I ask how you found out that they have to go to some Deputy's Office? If someone from Alberta doesn't reply to this thread, perhaps you can PM trailmix or MrsCat who are two VJ'ers who come to mind that are from Alberta.


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Hi,

I guess you are looking at this item on the I-130

Affidavits sworn to or affirmed by third parties having personal knowledge of the bona fides of the marital relationship. (Each affidavit must contain the full name and address, date and place of birth of the person making the affidavit, his or her relationship to the petitioner of beneficiary, if any, and complete information and details explaining how the person acquired his or her knowledge of your marriage)

They do not request that you have these notarized - but, even if you decided that you did want to do that, you would just take them to a notary in your town or city and have them notarize them. There is no need to send them to Edmonton etc.

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Hi,

I guess you are looking at this item on the I-130

Affidavits sworn to or affirmed by third parties having personal knowledge of the bona fides of the marital relationship. (Each affidavit must contain the full name and address, date and place of birth of the person making the affidavit, his or her relationship to the petitioner of beneficiary, if any, and complete information and details explaining how the person acquired his or her knowledge of your marriage)

They do not request that you have these notarized - but, even if you decided that you did want to do that, you would just take them to a notary in your town or city and have them notarize them. There is no need to send them to Edmonton etc.

Thanks trailmix for stopping in to answer this! The wording "affirm" is what was on my ROC instructions as well, and so didn't require a notary. OP, you might want to look again at this!


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(Info. for any Albertans sending affidavits to the U.S.)

On the Alberta Justice website, affidavits that are to be used in a jurisdiction outside Alberta, require a Certificate of Authentication. Basically, the Certificate of Authentication, which is attached to the front of the affidavit, verifies that the appointment, signature and seal of the notary public (in Alberta, only lawyers can be notaries) are authentic and matches the lawyer's signature specimen and seal on record.

http://www.justice.gov.ab.ca/official/authentication.aspx

Any affidavit in Alberta can be sworn, either in front of a Commissioner for Oaths or a notary public; however, a Commissioner for Oaths does not have a seal so the Justice Department can't issue a Certificate of Authentication for an affidavit sworn in front of a commissioner.

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