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I-130, beneficiary's birth certificate needed?

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Morocco
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Good morning, VJ. I've searched for answers to this question and I've seen posts going both ways, so apologies for asking such a basic question. According to the guides and the USCIS website, it does not appear to me that the I-130 packet needs to include the beneficiary's birth certificate, or passport or any other kind of government-issued ID, for that matter. Is that correct? I've heard anecdotally that a foreign birth certificate is actually required at the USCIS step. Thanks in advance.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Morocco
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They may send RFE asking for this so be prepared with a translated certified copy. I got 2 of everything. One for immigration and 1 for NVC. And 1 for our own files.

Good morning, VJ. I've searched for answers to this question and I've seen posts going both ways, so apologies for asking such a basic question. According to the guides and the USCIS website, it does not appear to me that the I-130 packet needs to include the beneficiary's birth certificate, or passport or any other kind of government-issued ID, for that matter. Is that correct? I've heard anecdotally that a foreign birth certificate is actually required at the USCIS step. Thanks in advance.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Mexico
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The chances of an RFE asking for your BC by USCIS are slim to none, but never ever hurts to have extra copies of everything as we all go thru the process.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Morocco
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Thanks for the answers! If any other members have actually received an RFE for not including a beneficiary's birth certificate with the initial I-130 packet, I would appreciate hearing from them. For the time being I plan on following the instructions on the USCIS website, which do not include the birth certificate on the list of required documents.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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No--not required. You will need an original or certified BC when you get to NVC in a few months.

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USCIS

NOA1 08/19/08

NOA2 01/20/09

NVC

Received 01/26/09

Completed 02/13/09 (19 Days)

Interview Assigned 03/27/09 (6 weeks after NVC completion)

Medical

04/14/09 (Toronto)

Interview

Montreal 05/12/09 (88 days after NVC completion) **APPROVED**

POE

06/16/09 Buffalo

07/02/09 Welcome Letter Received

07/07/09 Applied for SSN

07/10/09 "Card production ordered" email received

07/13/09 SSN received

07/14/09 "Approval notice sent" email received

07/17/09 GREEN CARD received

Removal of Conditions

03/21/11 I-751 mailed to VSC

03/23/11 I-751 received at VSC

03/29/11 Cheque Cashed

03/30/11 NOA1 received (3/24/11)

04/11/11 Biometrics appointment notice received

05/05/11 Biometric appointment

12/13/11 **Approval date** (5 days short of 9 months!)

12/19/11 Approval letter and green card received

Naturalization

05/16/2019 Filed online (estimated completion February 2020)

05/18/2019 Biometrics scheduled

05/21/2019 Receipt notice and biometrics notices posted to online account.05/23/2019 Hard copy of NOA1 received

05/24/2019 Hard copy of biometrics appointment received

06/07/2019 Biometrics appointment (estimated completion January 2020)

12/31/2019 Email received "Interview scheduled"

01/01/2020 Interview date notice posted to online account (02/19/2020)

01/05/2019 Hard copy of interview appointment received

02/19/2020 Interview (**Approved**) and same day Oath Ceremony. 

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