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I'm really confused, i heard that if i do my own translation and write a letter to "certify" that the translation is acurate, it's ok. I also heard that the birth certificate must have a certified translation by a professional AND be notarized. What to believe? What did you all do?


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I'm really confused, i heard that if i do my own translation and write a letter to "certify" that the translation is acurate, it's ok. I also heard that the birth certificate must have a certified translation by a professional AND be notarized. What to believe? What did you all do?

I think I've replied to your previous thread about this. Read what it says in the Dept of State website and follow that. It tells you what is required...


2007 Nov 30: Met in Las Vegas, Nevada

2009 Jul 13: Proposed/Engaged in Sedona, Arizona

2009 Dec 26: Married in Tucson, Arizona

USCIS

2009 Dec 30: Filed I-130

2010 Jan 02: I-130 delivered

2010 Jan 07: NOA1 - email - CSC

2010 Jan 11: Received NOA1 hardcopy

2010 Mar 24: NOA2 - email & text - NVC

2010 Mar 29: Received NOA2 hardcopy

I-130 was approved in 76 days from NOA1 date

NVC

2010 Mar 30: NVC received - case# assigned - emails given to NVC

2010 Mar 30: Opted in - DS3032 emailed to NVC

2010 Mar 31: Received AOS bill & DS3032 - paid AOS

2010 Apr 05: Online payment portal confirms paid AOS(Apr 2 processing date)

2010 Apr 05: Sent I-864 package

2010 Apr 15: EP confirmation email

2010 Apr 15: IV bill generated & paid

2010 Apr 15: Email confirmation - receipt of DS3032

2010 Apr 16: IV bill confirmed paid - sent DS230 package

2010 Apr 19: NVC operator confirms I864 & DS230 documents have been received

2010 Apr 21: AVR confirms all documents received Apr 19th

2010 Apr 23: Email from NVC: case complete - confirmed by NVC - sign in fail

Completed in 24 days

CONSULATE

2010 May 27: Email from NVC - consulate received file - interview Montreal Jul 27th

2010 Jun 16: Medical @ Woking Medical Centre, Vancouver, Canada - APPROVED

2010 Jul 27: Interview @ US Consulate in Montreal, Canada - APPROVED

Your interview took 201 days from your I-130 NOA1 date

2010 Aug 13:POE Washington - APPROVED

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS

2012 May 14 - mailed I-751

2012 May 16 - delivered @ CSC

2012 Jun 18 - I 551 stamp

2012 Jun 28 - biometrics appointment NOA notice date Jun 7

2012 Dec 20 - approved

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I meant to add something and didn't....the Dept of State tells you what they need..

Translation Requirements

All documents not in English, or in the official language of the country in which application for a visa is being made, must be accompanied by certified translations. The translation must include a statement signed by the translator that states that the:

Translation is accurate, and

Translator is competent to translate.

I had to have mine translated and I used the local immigrant services folks. They stamped a copy and said this a true copy and is the exact as the original and not altered in any way. As well they stamped a different page saying they were competent and able to translate etc. I didn't get it notarized.

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2007 Nov 30: Met in Las Vegas, Nevada

2009 Jul 13: Proposed/Engaged in Sedona, Arizona

2009 Dec 26: Married in Tucson, Arizona

USCIS

2009 Dec 30: Filed I-130

2010 Jan 02: I-130 delivered

2010 Jan 07: NOA1 - email - CSC

2010 Jan 11: Received NOA1 hardcopy

2010 Mar 24: NOA2 - email & text - NVC

2010 Mar 29: Received NOA2 hardcopy

I-130 was approved in 76 days from NOA1 date

NVC

2010 Mar 30: NVC received - case# assigned - emails given to NVC

2010 Mar 30: Opted in - DS3032 emailed to NVC

2010 Mar 31: Received AOS bill & DS3032 - paid AOS

2010 Apr 05: Online payment portal confirms paid AOS(Apr 2 processing date)

2010 Apr 05: Sent I-864 package

2010 Apr 15: EP confirmation email

2010 Apr 15: IV bill generated & paid

2010 Apr 15: Email confirmation - receipt of DS3032

2010 Apr 16: IV bill confirmed paid - sent DS230 package

2010 Apr 19: NVC operator confirms I864 & DS230 documents have been received

2010 Apr 21: AVR confirms all documents received Apr 19th

2010 Apr 23: Email from NVC: case complete - confirmed by NVC - sign in fail

Completed in 24 days

CONSULATE

2010 May 27: Email from NVC - consulate received file - interview Montreal Jul 27th

2010 Jun 16: Medical @ Woking Medical Centre, Vancouver, Canada - APPROVED

2010 Jul 27: Interview @ US Consulate in Montreal, Canada - APPROVED

Your interview took 201 days from your I-130 NOA1 date

2010 Aug 13:POE Washington - APPROVED

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS

2012 May 14 - mailed I-751

2012 May 16 - delivered @ CSC

2012 Jun 18 - I 551 stamp

2012 Jun 28 - biometrics appointment NOA notice date Jun 7

2012 Dec 20 - approved

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Thanks for the reply! The only thing, is that i don't really want to refer at the DoS..Because every consulate wants something different. I want to know what people had to their interview, and if it was accepted or not. Because if there's a possibility i can do it myself to save some money, i will! i just don't want to be denied for that :P I just need some people's experience!


01/12/2011: GreenCard approved!!!!

Green card expiration date: 01/05/2013
Sent ROC package to VSC: 11/16/2012
NOA1: 11/20/2012

Approval: 04/29/2013!!!!


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the department of state identifies what it wants for the consulates. it's up to DOS. if you have a local immigration services place that helps new immigrants, check with them. they did mine for a small fee and they put in the proper stamps etc. mine was notarized or certified. nvc needs to make sure you have the original and that any original documents not in english is accurately translated by someone who is able and competent to translate and that the translation is accurate and unaltered. you could probably do it yourself but i think it may best be handled by someone other than yourself to ensure there aren't any perceived issues by NVC.

I'm not sure how of of what DOS wants is independently decided by respective consulates - besides aren't you in Canada? If so, then the DOS information is clear and you won't have any problems.


2007 Nov 30: Met in Las Vegas, Nevada

2009 Jul 13: Proposed/Engaged in Sedona, Arizona

2009 Dec 26: Married in Tucson, Arizona

USCIS

2009 Dec 30: Filed I-130

2010 Jan 02: I-130 delivered

2010 Jan 07: NOA1 - email - CSC

2010 Jan 11: Received NOA1 hardcopy

2010 Mar 24: NOA2 - email & text - NVC

2010 Mar 29: Received NOA2 hardcopy

I-130 was approved in 76 days from NOA1 date

NVC

2010 Mar 30: NVC received - case# assigned - emails given to NVC

2010 Mar 30: Opted in - DS3032 emailed to NVC

2010 Mar 31: Received AOS bill & DS3032 - paid AOS

2010 Apr 05: Online payment portal confirms paid AOS(Apr 2 processing date)

2010 Apr 05: Sent I-864 package

2010 Apr 15: EP confirmation email

2010 Apr 15: IV bill generated & paid

2010 Apr 15: Email confirmation - receipt of DS3032

2010 Apr 16: IV bill confirmed paid - sent DS230 package

2010 Apr 19: NVC operator confirms I864 & DS230 documents have been received

2010 Apr 21: AVR confirms all documents received Apr 19th

2010 Apr 23: Email from NVC: case complete - confirmed by NVC - sign in fail

Completed in 24 days

CONSULATE

2010 May 27: Email from NVC - consulate received file - interview Montreal Jul 27th

2010 Jun 16: Medical @ Woking Medical Centre, Vancouver, Canada - APPROVED

2010 Jul 27: Interview @ US Consulate in Montreal, Canada - APPROVED

Your interview took 201 days from your I-130 NOA1 date

2010 Aug 13:POE Washington - APPROVED

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS

2012 May 14 - mailed I-751

2012 May 16 - delivered @ CSC

2012 Jun 18 - I 551 stamp

2012 Jun 28 - biometrics appointment NOA notice date Jun 7

2012 Dec 20 - approved

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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The difference being, with CR1/IR1 we use the instructions on the DOS site and that is fine - however, with K visas - and AandB are applying for a K visa, it states in Pkt 3 that it must be done by a certified translator and notarized. Also, they don't send their documents to NVC (someone else posted about this today, so I went and read the pkt 3 instructions).

Personally, I think you should follow the instructions given by Montreal.

AandB, if you don't have pkt3 yet, click on the Wiki link up at the top of this page and then do a search for Canada - you will find links to pkt3 there.

As an aside, if the DOS instructions for CR1/IR1 were actually accurate then if your BC was in French, you would not have to have it translated - but you do.

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Filed: Other Country: Canada
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Kayla&Mathew had a translation done, it was not certified nor notarized, and she told me that the guy at the interview barely even look at those papers...

I got mine translated by a retired translator, he signed a piece of paper with attention to the consulate, and then I had those notarized, for free (copies and translations). If you want, AandB, I can send you the letter I used for him to sign so you can use the same one or something like it.

Let me know!


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Thanks Trailmix for the info! Yes i actually have my interview on june 1st, so yeah i have the P3 :P

Vero & Chris, i found some translators here in Sherbrooke that i can go to for not too expensive, i'll do that. But i don't think i'll need the letter since they are certified and still working. But thanks for the offer :) I'm just not sure if i'll get it notarized, if some people didn't get it notarized and it was ok, it can save me some money.


01/12/2011: GreenCard approved!!!!

Green card expiration date: 01/05/2013
Sent ROC package to VSC: 11/16/2012
NOA1: 11/20/2012

Approval: 04/29/2013!!!!


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