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Okay, so the past weeks me and my husband have been searching and searching for some straight answers about Affidavits and Notarizing, also if two people can be on the same affidavit. So I stumbled across this website called www.avvo.com. On this site you can post a question for FREE for any lawyer to answer and the topics are not limited. So far I have been given a lot of replies and seems very helpful. I wanted to share this with anyone who is having problems or questions about this topic. I though maybe this would be of some help. Here's the link to the topic: http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/can-an-i-751-affidavit-contain-two-people-on-the-s-1927905.html

Can an I-751 affidavit contain two people on the same letter? E.I. friends that are couple and want to be written on same letter
Asked 3 days ago - Fayetteville, NC

we have friends that are husband and wife, they want to write an affidavit with both of them on the same letter, they don't feel to write two separate letters. Is this okay?

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When we get the affidavits Notarized, what are the best places to go? I heard Bank of America does Notaries, is this true?


  1. Lynne Feldman
    Immigration Attorney - San Diego, CA
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    3 days ago. If you are doing it as an affidavit it can be one letter but will need to be two Jurats at the bottom. alternatively you can do as a Joint Declaration.
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    Posted 3 days ago.

    okay, also can the affidavits be notarized?

    F. J. Capriotti III, Immigration Attorney - Portland, OR
    Posted 3 days ago.

    It isn't an affidavit if it isn't notarized.

    Without the notary seal it is merely a 'letter'.

  2. Adan G. Vega
    Immigration Attorney - Houston, TX
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    3 days ago. To avoid confusing the USCIS reviewing officer, I suggest 2 different sworn declarations.

  3. Morrie Nourian
    Immigration Attorney - Dallas, TX
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    3 days ago. Both can sign the affidavit and have both signatures notarized is OK , but having each write a separate one is better.

  4. F. Capriotti
    Immigration Attorney - Portland, OR
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    3 days ago. I always do 2 ... with slightly different wording.

    Also, remember it isn't an affidavit if it isn't NOTARIZED.
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  5. Evelyne M HartPRO
    Immigration Attorney - Fullerton, CA
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    3 days ago. Yes, I've done it that way but both signatures must be notarized.
  6. Toni Maschler
    Immigration Attorney - Washington, DC
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    a day ago. Regarding the second part of your question---any bank has a notary who will notarize documents for a fee. If you have an account at the bank they will generally do it without charging a fee.
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    Posted about 24 hours ago.

    Thank you Toni Maschler, I was also wondering would it be alright if I get the Affidavits Notarized myself? or should the one's who wrote the Affidavits get it Notarized?

    Reason I'm asking is because they live in another state from us but we all have met each other from time to time and they even come over to visit when their in town :D

    Toni Maschler, Immigration Attorney - Washington, DC
    Posted about 4 hours ago.

    You cannot get something notarized for someone else. It must be the author/affiant, because what the notary is doing is swearing that he or she has seen the letter writer/affiant(s) sign the document. If it is from two people they must both be there.

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I'm a California Notary. All the advice they gave you is solid.

Just wanted to provide a little clarification for you. A JURAT or AFFIDAVIT is the same thing as an OATH. So when a notary does a Jurat, not only do they watch you sign the document and stamp it with their seal, they also give you a brief oath where you swear that what it says in the attached document is the truth under penalty of the law.

Also, remind your friends to take ID with them when they go to the Notary.

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