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Filed: Country: Venezuela
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Hello,

I see that the i130 and i485 require a "A certified copy of your certified marriage certificate".

Our state (GA) has a 3-4 week turnaroud time before the vital records department records the certificate.

I can simply photocopy the executed (by minister) but unrecorded certificate. But it will not read as recorded.

Or I can walk down the certificate to the court and see if they can record it on the spot. I am doubting that will occur.

Maybe if I ask them to certify copy the unrecorded cert it will be good enough?

What is the consensus on what is required?

Thanks


Timeline

Met 2.18.11 (Was on B1 Visa I-94 expired 2.11.11)

Engaged 6.12.11

Married 7.12.11

I-485/I-130/I-765/I-131 Filed/Rec'd CHI 7.25.11 (Rec'd @ 165 days overstay)

Bio Appt 8.29.11

I-485 Rec'd Interview Appt. (Date of notice 9.12.11 / Date of Interview 10.14.2011)

I-765/I-131 Approved 9.16.11 / Card Received 9.24.11 (53 Days Processing Time)

Applied for SSN 9.28.11 / SSN Card Received 10.3.11 (5 Days Processing Time)

Approved in person I-485 Interview 10.14.11 (81 Days from start of process)

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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I would think certified is required and anything else would not cut it.


Our journey:

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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Hello,

I see that the i130 and i485 require a "A certified copy of your certified marriage certificate".

Our state (GA) has a 3-4 week turnaroud time before the vital records department records the certificate.

I can simply photocopy the executed (by minister) but unrecorded certificate. But it will not read as recorded.

Or I can walk down the certificate to the court and see if they can record it on the spot. I am doubting that will occur.

Maybe if I ask them to certify copy the unrecorded cert it will be good enough?

What is the consensus on what is required?

Thanks

You need a certified copy that has been recorded in the county/city records. The certificate signed by the officiant will not be acceptable.

Go to the courthouse and see if you can get a copy sooner.


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Filed: Country: Venezuela
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Thanks guys for the replies.

It sounds like what I need to do is:

Physically find out how fast I can get the recorded copy.

Speed up the wedding date (the fastest it could be is Monday the 11th which would at least give us a better chance of getting it in.

I am going to open another thread on impact of 6 month overstay as to not get off track. That will have a key influence on what we do here.


Timeline

Met 2.18.11 (Was on B1 Visa I-94 expired 2.11.11)

Engaged 6.12.11

Married 7.12.11

I-485/I-130/I-765/I-131 Filed/Rec'd CHI 7.25.11 (Rec'd @ 165 days overstay)

Bio Appt 8.29.11

I-485 Rec'd Interview Appt. (Date of notice 9.12.11 / Date of Interview 10.14.2011)

I-765/I-131 Approved 9.16.11 / Card Received 9.24.11 (53 Days Processing Time)

Applied for SSN 9.28.11 / SSN Card Received 10.3.11 (5 Days Processing Time)

Approved in person I-485 Interview 10.14.11 (81 Days from start of process)

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I'm from Georgia..... only took us about a week to get ours in the mail - when you go in to get your license you can request extra copies too at the same time. :thumbs:


Tracy and Derek

Met in Sept 2009 online

Met in person March 2010

Got "engaged" April 2010

Filed I-129F 6-02-10

Received NOA1 6-09-10

Received NOA2 6-30-10

NVC Received 7-07-10

Consulate Rec'd 7-16-10

Pkt 3 Received 7-28-10

Pkt 3 Sent 8-11-10

Touched 10-03-10

******************************

Second Visit for Holidays 11-14-10

Married at the courthouse! 01-20-11

Filed I-130/485/864/765 02-03-11

NOA Received 02-08-11

Biometrics Appt. 03-01-11

EAD Approved 03-30-11

EAD Received 04-07-11

Applied for Soc. Sec. Card 04-11-11

Rec'd Social Security Card 04-16-11

AOS Interview 06-16-11 Approved!!!

Rec'd 2 yr Conditional Card 06-24-11

******************************

Filed I-751 Removal of Cond. 04-17-13

NOA1 Receipt Date 05-02-13

Biometrics Appt. 06-06-13

2nd Biometrics Appt. 02-17-15

Interview 03-13-15 Approved "FINALLY"!!!

3rd Biometrics Appt. 03-13-15 (2nd was never sent in - but we had our proof it was done)

04-06-15 Received 10 yr Card

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Filed: Country: Venezuela
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I came to learn the next county over (Gwinnett) does marriages same day in the court, with the certificate available for pick-up the next day.

We can do that as an "administrative" item whereas we'd have the actual wedding shortly thereafter. That will save us at least 2-3 weeks of waiting and uncertainty.


Timeline

Met 2.18.11 (Was on B1 Visa I-94 expired 2.11.11)

Engaged 6.12.11

Married 7.12.11

I-485/I-130/I-765/I-131 Filed/Rec'd CHI 7.25.11 (Rec'd @ 165 days overstay)

Bio Appt 8.29.11

I-485 Rec'd Interview Appt. (Date of notice 9.12.11 / Date of Interview 10.14.2011)

I-765/I-131 Approved 9.16.11 / Card Received 9.24.11 (53 Days Processing Time)

Applied for SSN 9.28.11 / SSN Card Received 10.3.11 (5 Days Processing Time)

Approved in person I-485 Interview 10.14.11 (81 Days from start of process)

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does form I-485 require marriage cert? Someone clarify this please....


filed 9th of July

delivered 11th July

got NOA 20th of July

Got RFE for I-485 28th July

Mailed in RFE 9th Oct

RFE received 12th Oct

RFE review 12th Oct

Contacted congressman Oct 17th

Faxed documents to congressman Oct 17th

EAD Approved 19th Oct

EAD Received 27th Oct

Interview 8th Dec

Approved 8th Dec

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Slovenia
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does form I-485 require marriage cert? Someone clarify this please....

When you are adjusting status based on marriage to a USC, absolutely.


My Immigration Journey:

K1: June 2010 - December 2010

AOS: April 2011 - June 2011

ROC: April 2013 - August 2013

Naturalization: March 2014 - August 2014

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thanks a lot for the response. I didn't even know and I am almost done arranging all docs. But luckily for me I have not sealed the envelope with form I-864 because I have not put in the money orders. really appreciate


filed 9th of July

delivered 11th July

got NOA 20th of July

Got RFE for I-485 28th July

Mailed in RFE 9th Oct

RFE received 12th Oct

RFE review 12th Oct

Contacted congressman Oct 17th

Faxed documents to congressman Oct 17th

EAD Approved 19th Oct

EAD Received 27th Oct

Interview 8th Dec

Approved 8th Dec

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