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Hello all!

Did I just dream that or did a notice came out right before Christmas stating that, from some point in 2015 originals of certain documents (birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce decree) would not be needed anymore for interview, but rather that photocopies of said originals would be acceptable?

Can anyone confirm this and link me the original source for this information?

Thank you!

Marie-Eve


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Met in Person / January 2011

Engaged / November 2012

WEDDING DAY! / March 8th 2014

I-130 sent / May 5th 2014

NOA1 Received / May 15th 2014

NOA2 Received / October 6th 2014

DS-260 + I-864 sent / January 19th 2015

Case Completed / March 30th 2015!!!

Montreal Embassy Interview / May 19th 2015 APPROVED!

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Also, supporting documents for I-864 such as tax reports of my husband... will I need the originals for the interview?


“Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.”

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Meeting Online / Fall 2010

Met in Person / January 2011

Engaged / November 2012

WEDDING DAY! / March 8th 2014

I-130 sent / May 5th 2014

NOA1 Received / May 15th 2014

NOA2 Received / October 6th 2014

DS-260 + I-864 sent / January 19th 2015

Case Completed / March 30th 2015!!!

Montreal Embassy Interview / May 19th 2015 APPROVED!

Visa in hand / May 25th 2015

POE / June 27th 2015

Home in SD / July 2nd 2015

SSN Received / July 8th 2015

Green Card in hand / July 26th 2015

AOS / ... 2017

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I just had my interview yesterday and they asked me for originals of the BC, marriage certificate, and the Affidavit of support of my husband and sponsor. I did, though, scan everything to NVC and not mail them but it may be safer just to bring the originals with you. They give them back to you right away after looking at them


Married: October 23, 2012
Sent I-130: March 4, 2013
NOA 1: March 6, 2013
Case Touched: April 5, 2013
Case transferred to 'local office': November 7, 2013
Case transferred to USCIS office: November 8, 2013

Hardcopy notification that case is at Nebraska office: November 15, 2013

NOA 2: January 23rd, 2014 (email notification)

Case shipped to NVC: January 24th, 2014

NVC received case: February 6, 2014

USCIS admitted to creating two case numbers for us and giving us the wrong one: March 20, 2014

USCIS faxed RFE to us: March 20, 2014

Submitted requested forms three days before deadline: March 23, 2014

NVC Ready for our case: May 27, 2014

NVC allowing us submit all forms and pay fees: July 27, 2014

Notice sponsor made error on I-864: September 27, 2014

Resubmitted sponsor I-864: September 28, 2014

Scan date: September 30, 2014

Notice of NVC processing delay: October 18, 20, and 21, 2014 (we got three)

CASE COMPLETE: December 2, 2014

medical: December 18, 2014

interview: January 5, 2015

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I believe the announcement you may be thinking of was the paperwork that people submit to NVC - they no longer want the originals sent to them, but because Canadians can use electronic processing, it's a moot point...

Bring the originals with you to the interview.

Best wishes!!


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Here are the instructions for the NVC submission

http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/immigrate/immigrant-process/documents/submit/documents-to-submit-to-nvc.html

"

Photocopy Requirements

You and each family member immigrating with you must submit to the NVC a photocopy of the original documents or photocopies of certified copies of the civil documents."

This is consistent with the fact that you can process your file by email. When you go for your interview you will certainly want the original at hand

Here are the details for Montreal

http://www.visajourney.com/consulates/index.php?ctry=Canada&cty=Montreal


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***Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.***

**Moderator hat off**

Hello all!

Did I just dream that or did a notice came out right before Christmas stating that, from some point in 2015 originals of certain documents (birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce decree) would not be needed anymore for interview, but rather that photocopies of said originals would be acceptable?

Can anyone confirm this and link me the original source for this information?

Thank you!

Marie-Eve

Originals are required for the interview. The NVC now only needs photocopies.

Edited by Ryan H

Our journey:

Spoiler

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

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My US citizen husband and I were both married before. Do I need the original from his divorce paper for my interview?

Also my husband is a minister and I have a letter signed by his employer (the church council president) but it is not notarized - does that work anyway for the AoS supporting documents I need to bring with me? Do I need his original taxes documents or can I just bring the printed versions of the scans I made of his paperwork?

(I am not even at interview stage... I stress over this right now because he just left after a blissful 10 days together. I am sick and tired of goodbyes and tearful airport gates... Thank you all for being so helpful: I dont understand how Id do it without your kind help!)

Edited by Marie-Eve

“Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.”

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Meeting Online / Fall 2010

Met in Person / January 2011

Engaged / November 2012

WEDDING DAY! / March 8th 2014

I-130 sent / May 5th 2014

NOA1 Received / May 15th 2014

NOA2 Received / October 6th 2014

DS-260 + I-864 sent / January 19th 2015

Case Completed / March 30th 2015!!!

Montreal Embassy Interview / May 19th 2015 APPROVED!

Visa in hand / May 25th 2015

POE / June 27th 2015

Home in SD / July 2nd 2015

SSN Received / July 8th 2015

Green Card in hand / July 26th 2015

AOS / ... 2017

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My US citizen husband and I were both married before. Do I need the original from his divorce paper for my interview?

Also my husband is a minister and I have a letter signed by his employer (the church council president) but it is not notarized - does that work anyway for the AoS supporting documents I need to bring with me? Do I need his original taxes documents or can I just bring the printed versions of the scans I made of his paperwork?

(I am not even at interview stage... I stress over this right now because he just left after a blissful 10 days together. I am sick and tired of goodbyes and tearful airport gates... Thank you all for being so helpful: I dont understand how Id do it without your kind help!)

You will need an original certified copy of his divorce decree. My husband had to go to the clerk of courts (I think that's what it was) for a stamped/dated copy of his divorce decree for me to have on-hand for our interview. A scanned copy was submitted when filing but the original came to the interview.

For taxes you will want to request tax return transcripts. You can request those through the IRS web site very easily and they arrive quickly as well.

I don't know about the letter from his employer. I would assume you want to have it notarized in order to prove it was signed by who you say signed it. I know in Canada we rarely notarized anything EVER. But here, in the U.S. they notarize everything it seems!

My US citizen husband and I were both married before. Do I need the original from his divorce paper for my interview?

Also my husband is a minister and I have a letter signed by his employer (the church council president) but it is not notarized - does that work anyway for the AoS supporting documents I need to bring with me? Do I need his original taxes documents or can I just bring the printed versions of the scans I made of his paperwork?

(I am not even at interview stage... I stress over this right now because he just left after a blissful 10 days together. I am sick and tired of goodbyes and tearful airport gates... Thank you all for being so helpful: I dont understand how Id do it without your kind help!)

You will also need an original copy of your divorce decree as well, not just his. I know I thought I had what I needed at one point but had to go back to the courthouse to get another document. Make sure you have everything you need from YOUR divorce as well. Don't know what province you are in but I am from Ontario and found it confusing to say the least as there was a divorce order and divorce certificate, I believe.


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2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
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2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us
2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email
2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email
2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email
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2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
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***Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.***

**Moderator hat off**

Originals are required for the interview. The NVC now only needs photocopies.

The NVC no longer requires original documents, the page that states that has not been updated.

The way I read the NVC page it states that copy is needed not the original, am I missing something?


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The way I read the NVC page it states that copy is needed not the original, am I missing something?

I misread the quoted page, my bad. :bonk:

I've edited the original post.


Our journey:

Spoiler

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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My US citizen husband and I were both married before. Do I need the original from his divorce paper for my interview?

Also my husband is a minister and I have a letter signed by his employer (the church council president) but it is not notarized - does that work anyway for the AoS supporting documents I need to bring with me? Do I need his original taxes documents or can I just bring the printed versions of the scans I made of his paperwork?

(I am not even at interview stage... I stress over this right now because he just left after a blissful 10 days together. I am sick and tired of goodbyes and tearful airport gates... Thank you all for being so helpful: I dont understand how Id do it without your kind help!)

The easiest thing to do for your taxes is is to get a tax transcript for the last three years transcripts from irs.gov. It free and it will roll into one nice document.


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