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Submitting I-130 - marriage docs, translations, etc

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Did everyone send only copies of their marriage certificates, divorce certificates, etc. and their translations/apostilles, or did you send the originals with your initial I-130 packet?

This is how it's supposed to work:

I-130 package (USCIS): copies

AOS/IV packages (NVC): originals/certified copies

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This is how it's supposed to work:

I-130 package (USCIS): copies

AOS/IV packages (NVC): originals/certified copies

I'm a bit confused, as they do ask for copies, but I just saw this online in a guide:

Original Documents

USCIS no longer requires original copies of documentation submitted with your petition. You MUST however submit an original I-129F and G-325A's as well as the originals of any certified translations. Any signatures must also be in the original, not a copy of.

Note: An adjudicating officer may request the original of any document submitted if it is deemed necessary.

I have certified translations on the marriage cert., etc. So do I just copy those translations for the initial and keep the originals?

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I'm a bit confused, as they do ask for copies, but I just saw this online in a guide:

Original Documents

USCIS no longer requires original copies of documentation submitted with your petition. You MUST however submit an original I-129F and G-325A's as well as the originals of any certified translations. Any signatures must also be in the original, not a copy of.

Note: An adjudicating officer may request the original of any document submitted if it is deemed necessary.

I have certified translations on the marriage cert., etc. So do I just copy those translations for the initial and keep the originals?

For the marriage certificate (and divorce certificates, if any), just send a copy. Do not send the original as you might not get it back and it's needed for the NVC stage.

As for the translations, it states in the paragraph you just quoted to send in the originals. Obviously make a photocopy before sending in for your files. If you're unsure about this, you can always call USCIS and ask.

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