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K1 visa, petitioner birth certificate

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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Hi all,

I was wondering if I can send a Certified copy Birth Certificate (translated and notarized by authorized US law firm) to my fiancé for K1 visa. I lost the original long time ago.

I really appreciate your help and feedbacks.

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You don't need to include a copy of the birth cert if you are the beneficiary. If you are the petitioner a regular copy of the birth cert serves as proof of USC if you were born here. By the way, a certified copy of a birth cert, is essentially "original." A regular photocopy isn't. The petition only asks for a photocopy, originals are needed at interview. Could you please clarify if you are the petitioner or beneficiary?


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You don't need to include a copy of the birth cert if you are the beneficiary. If you are the petitioner a regular copy of the birth cert serves as proof of USC if you were born here. By the way, a certified copy of a birth cert, is essentially "original." A regular photocopy isn't. The petition only asks for a photocopy, originals are needed at interview. Could you please clarify if you are the petitioner or beneficiary?

That is incorrect! The beneficiary is required to submit an original copy of her/his birth certificate and a copy at time of interview. The consulate will collect both copies and return the original after the interview is finished, regardless of whether you are approved or denied. Note that this is specific to the US consulate in Vietnam and may not apply to other embassies or consulates elsewhere.

@OP: you should send a certified copy of your birth certificate to your fiance to take to the interview. The CO may or may not want to see it, but if he/she wants to see it and your fiance does not have it, he/she will get a 221(g).

Edited by frontgear

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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Thanks all.

@front gear:I'm the petitioner and I've heard different things from different people. So Certified Copy of BC should work right? Do you know if form I-134 will be taken to the interview or send back to the consulate at HCMC? I would say this form to be taken to the interview, but not sure.

Please advise.

thanks :)

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I thought he was referring to filing the K1 petition, so calm yourself. I did put in my post that originals are needed at the interview.

That is incorrect! The beneficiary is required to submit an original copy of her/his birth certificate and a copy at time of interview.

Edited by Ian H.

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When we say "original" we are referring to either the original you got for the first time when you were born, or a certified duplicate from the civil authority that issues BC's in your country.

A certified copy is essentially the same for all intents and purposes an "original." It doesn't have to be the first BC you ever got, just a duplicate of it that is properly certified, i.e. not a regular photocopy. That's about the best way I can explain it.

#######, i don't have the original. What are my options? i was naturalized citizen.


By the way, out of curiosity, does the consulate/embassy over there require your BC as the petitioner? I wasn't asked at any point in the process when I did the K1 or CR1, for my birth certificate.


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Thanks all.

@front gear:I'm the petitioner and I've heard different things from different people. So Certified Copy of BC should work right? Do you know if form I-134 will be taken to the interview or send back to the consulate at HCMC? I would say this form to be taken to the interview, but not sure.

Please advise.

thanks :)

It should be ok.

Form I-134 will need to be turned in at the interview, among other documents.

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#######, i don't have the original. What are my options? i was naturalized citizen.

I would make a copy of the Naturalization Cert and give it to the beneficiary to bring to the interview. Like Ian said, they might not need it. They didnt asked for mine, either.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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Hola alguien de Colombia que este en el proceso de visa de k1, yo ya tengo el numero que NVC asigna para la continuacion del caso pero no se que mas pasos seguir..alguien sabe que otros requisitos hay y que otros formularios se llenan. gracias

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