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Doriane H.

Question about french birth certificate

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Hi Everyone,

I'm the frenchie in the couple, we got married in San Diego about a month ago and started to fill out the papers for an i-130.

I'm getting worried because I've started to get my documents ready for the next step after the approval of the i-130, including my birth certificate.

I didn't know but birth certificates in France also include what happened after you were born, like your marriage. My issue is that my marriage has not been recognized in France yet (it's in process and can take up to 4 months), so there is no sign of me being married on my birth certificate.

Do you think/know if that could be a problem for the next step?? I really hope I'm not gonna have to wait an extra 4 months, just so I can send an updated birth certificate...

I was hoping that they would just care about the information about my birth.

Thanks for your help!


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Hi Doriane,

If you just recently sent in the I-130, you won't need the French birth certificate for quite a while (the NVC stage). You shouldn't worry about requesting it this early because I believe it needs to be less than 3 months old at the time of your interview. My husband didn't request his French birth certificate until after our NOA2 date and he received it well before we needed to send his Immigrant Visa package to the NVC. I also don't think it will matter whether your birth certificate has incorporated your recent marriage information... we were married in France, so my husband's has been updated to include our marriage, but they are just looking for birth information on the birth certificate. You will also send in your marriage certificate and that will provide all they need to know about your marriage.

Bonne chance!

Marriage: 09/18/2010 (France)


10/18/2010 I-130 Sent

10/24/2010 NOA1

03/07/2011 NOA2


03/24/2011 Case # Assigned

04/17/2011 Received RFE

04/23/2011 Received RFE

05/04/2011 Case Complete

05/13/2011 Interview Date Assigned

Embassy & POE

06/15/2011 Medical Passed

06/21/2011 Interview - APPROVED

06/29/2011 Visa Received

07/02/2011 POE - Calgary

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