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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Brazil
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Today I had my interview in the embassy and everything went good and I got approved.

When the interview finished I ask the consul that was interviewing me when I would get my original documents back, and he said: No Problem, I can give the originals back to you right now.

But the only original he gave back to me was my Birth Certificate (beneficiary Birth Certificate) and the marriage certificate original. The petitioner birth certificate and the petitioner citizenship certificate (both originals) was not in the case folder. The consul apologised and said that there was nothing he could do about it.

Did anyone pass thru this situation before? I am asking this coz my main concern is the petitioner Citizenship Certificate original, I can imagine it will be a pain in the butts to get a duplicate for it.

Or may be, did anyone ever requested a replacement for the Citizenship Certificate before?

I am going to try to contact NVC and the USCIS to see if anything is there... but I hardly think this will work.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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***Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to General Immigration-Related Discussion.***

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Correct me if I'm wrong but from what you are saying, the petitioner's original birth certificate and citizenship certificate were sent to USCIS with I-130? If that is case, then see this USCIS website that pertains to requesting original documents back from USCIS: http://www.uscis.gov/g-884

It may be too late for the OP but for anyone else who reads this, USCIS only needs photocopies of documents, not originals.


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