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One of the things I learned from my K1 Visa Application I filed in December is that the USCIS wants an OFFICIAL copy, not a phtocopy of your birth certificate.

My mother was good enough to keep my Birth Certificate all these years....way back to 1971 and I still have the original.

Yet I am asked for an offical copy with a seal on it from the Hall of Records where I was born. Actually its the Health Department but the USCIS people don't know. They just read from scripts. They're almost inhuam automatons of the State.

Anyway, if you want to speed things up, go ahead and get an offical copy from the Health Department of the State where you were born. This applies to United States Citizens. I have no idea what you do if you are a foreigner. Probably get an offical one from your own country's records or health department.

So don't bother with the original if you happen to still have it.

Hope it helps someone,

-Darren

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One of the things I learned from my K1 Visa Application I filed in December is that the USCIS wants an OFFICIAL copy, not a phtocopy of your birth certificate.

My mother was good enough to keep my Birth Certificate all these years....way back to 1971 and I still have the original.

Yet I am asked for an offical copy with a seal on it from the Hall of Records where I was born. Actually its the Health Department but the USCIS people don't know. They just read from scripts. They're almost inhuam automatons of the State.

Anyway, if you want to speed things up, go ahead and get an offical copy from the Health Department of the State where you were born. This applies to United States Citizens. I have no idea what you do if you are a foreigner. Probably get an offical one from your own country's records or health department.

So don't bother with the original if you happen to still have it.

Hope it helps someone,

-Darren

Interesting because there is no mention of an original/official copy in the I-129F instructions: A. If you were born in the United States, give USCIS a copy, front and back, of your birth certificate. I did notice the mention of original with a certificate of naturalization though. Sure does make things confusing when they pull something like that. I did include a photo copy and also a photo copy of all my passport pages just to be on the safe side. Only time will tell now though.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ukraine
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Interesting because there is no mention of an original/official copy in the I-129F instructions: A. If you were born in the United States, give USCIS a copy, front and back, of your birth certificate. I did notice the mention of original with a certificate of naturalization though. Sure does make things confusing when they pull something like that. I did include a photo copy and also a photo copy of all my passport pages just to be on the safe side. Only time will tell now though.

Yes, they only want copy, front and back. The foreigner should bring an original, along with a copy to the consulate.

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OK, my birth certificate has nothing on the back, am I supposed to send a copy of nothing! :-) Then again it is old! 1951

I ask bcause I was told they wanted even the blank pasport pages.

Yes they want front and back. If anything blead thru they want to see that. If it is completely blank then they want to see a blank page. Why do you think companies now put "This page intentionally left blank" on a blank page but now it is not a blank page. I gave them a copy of my old birth certificate and a new certified copy obtained from my state' vitial records department. It cost something like $6 per copy and arrived in a few days. I figured it was better than getting an RFE and having to do it anyway. YMMV.

Dave

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