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Threads on this site from 2013 and earlier indicate that you can translate birth and police certificates yourself if you certify that you are competent to make a translation with your signature. No additional notarization, etc. required. Can someone provide more recent experience that this is still true at the US embassy in Moscow?

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just finished this process.. Below is a link that can answer your questions. Keep in mind though.. after K-1 Visa you have AOS. Some documents will need to be translated anyways for AOS. My financee and I found it cheaper to have documents translated in Moscow than in America.

http://moscow.usembassy.gov/iv-fiancee.html


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I-485 Sent: 2015-06-30
I-765 Sent: 2015-06-30
I-485 NOA1: 2015-07-01
I-765 NOA1: 2015-07-01    
Biometrics Appt.: 2015-07-29
I-765 Approved: 2015-09-03
EAD Card Received: 2015-10-02    
I-485 Interview: 2016-01-13
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I-751 NOA1 ROC: 2017-10-18

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I-751 Received NOA1 18mo. Extension: 2018-10-16

I-751 Transferred to NSC from CSC: 2018-11-05

N-400 Filed Online: 2018-11-25

N-400 NOA1: 2018-11-25

N-400 Biometrics Appt: 2018-12-18

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My wife (fiance at the time) had some documents translated in Russia prior to our K1 package. I am not sure how much it cost, but it did seem to take up to two weeks for the certified translations. For our AOS we had to have a few more documents translated, and I found a good service here in Detroit. Each document cost $65, but they turned them around in one business day.

My advice is to have all documents done i advance, birth certificates (fiance/spouse, and any children), divorce certificates, etc. Then make several copies as you will want to make sure you have them for all the forms.


Visa Received : 2014-04-04 (K1 - see timeline for details)

US Entry : 2014-09-12

POE: Detroit

Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

Oath Ceremony:  2018-06-11 - DONE!!!!!!!

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Threads on this site from 2013 and earlier indicate that you can translate birth and police certificates yourself if you certify that you are competent to make a translation with your signature. No additional notarization, etc. required. Can someone provide more recent experience that this is still true at the US embassy in Moscow?

I translated those for myself, worked perfectly fine. Interview was in May'14 so experience is a little outdated, but i don't expect it to change much in this regard.


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Translated my wife's birth certificate myself for AOS and it worked just fine. If you know both Russian and English, there's no need to pay anybody for translations. They do not need any "official" translations, the certified part refers just to a statement on the bottom that the person translating himself certifies that he knows both languages and that the translation is accurate.


1/4/13 - I129-F Sent | 1/8/13 - Received by USCIS
1/10/13 - NOA1 to VSC | 1/11/13 - Text/Email | 1/17/13 - Hard Copy Received
1/16/13 - Alien Registration Number changed
5/24/13 or 5/29/13 - Case Transferred to TSC
7/2/13 - NOA2 from TSC! (173 days from NOA1) | 7/6/13 - Hard Copy Received
7/18/13 - Shipped to NVC | 7/26/13 - Received at NVC and case number assigned
7/29/13 - In transit to consulate | 7/31/13 - Received by consulate
8/20/13 - Medical - Passed | 8/21/13 - Interview - Approved!
8/28/13 - Passport with visa ready to pickup from courier
10/17/13 - POE - JFK
10/28/13 - Applied for SSN and marriage license | 11/2/13 - SS card received
11/21/13 - Wedding


12/30/13 - I485/I765/I131 Sent | 1/2/14 - Received by USCIS
1/3/14 - NOA1 to NBC | 1/16/14 - Hard Copy Received
2/4/14 - Biometrics
3/7/14 - AP and EAD approved!
3/11/14 - AP/EAD card mailed | 3/14/14 - Received
4/10/14 - Interview Waiver letter
6/16/14 - Approved! | 6/21/14 - GC Received


5/2/16 - I-751 Sent | 5/5/16 - Received by USCIS
5/6/16 - NOA1 to VSC
6/14/16 - Biometrics

4/19/17 - Approved! | 4/22/17 - Letter received | 5/4/17 - GC Received

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