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Hi everyone

We are looking for some experts help! If anyone out there got the exact same RFE, what did you do???

We got RFE saying:

This office is unable to complete the processing of your benefit request without further information.

Please read and comply with the request below, then submit the evidence to the above address.

Include a copy of this letter and place the attached cover sheet on top of your documents.

BIRTH CERTIFICATE - NOT SUBMITTED

Please submit a birth certificate to establish the birth and parentage of -name-.

The birth certificate must be issued by the appropriate civil authority showing timely registration, date and place of birth, and parents' names. In addition, the document must contain the seal of the issuing office including the date of registration and signature of the registrar.

We submitted his (USC) birth certificate with the original I129F application.

The only thing that wasn't on that birth certificate we send in, was his mothers first name and it only states what county he was born in, not the city.

Is that the reason for the RFE?

Does he have to go to the local division of vital records to get a new birth certificate with his moms name on?

Or would they accept a copy of the passport?

(Please help, I miss my fiancée so much, I just want this waiting time to be over! 215 days since NOA1)

Thanks in advance!!


Oct 21, 2014 : I-129F sent

Oct 24, 2014 : I-129F received at TCS

Oct 28, 2014 : NOA1 date

May 21, 2015 : RFE text/email

May 29, 2015 : RFE hard copy

June 1, 2015 : RFE response sent

June 3, 2015 : RFE received at TCS

June 11, 2015 : NOA2 text/email

June 18, 2015 : NOA2 hard copy

June 22, 2015 : Medical

June 22, 2015 : Case send to NVC

July 1, 2015 : Case received NVC

July 6, 2015 : New case number assigned

July 6, 2015 : DS-160

July 6, 2015 : Visa fee payed

July 10, 2015 : Case sent from NVC to embassy in Sweden

July 13, 2015 : Embassy received

July 17, 2015 : Packet 3 received

Aug 6, 2015 : INTERVIEW :D result: APPROVED ????????

Aug 14, 2015 : Visa received ?

Aug 25, 2015 : POE ❤️ After being apart for 185 days we can finally start our lifes together ❤️ 6 months and 4 days..

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Generally speaking a birth certificate should have his name, his mothers name (maiden name) his fathers name if he has one, the place of birth, county and state.


I mean, they told you why you got the RFE, you need the mom's name, and the city of his birth. As for vital records, depending on what state he's in he just needs to go to his states vital records of where he was born. I'm in Texas but I can order my birth certificate with the seal from colorado at the website that the states vital records provide. Not every state has a website though, some you have to fax or snail mail an application for request for them.

He does need a more "legit" birth certificate though. It needs everything they listed:

"The birth certificate must be issued by the appropriate civil authority showing timely registration, date and place of birth, and parents' names. In addition, the document must contain the seal of the issuing office including the date of registration and signature of the registrar. "


Just from how you describe what he sent in, it doesn't sound very certified. The basic birth certificate is what they're asking for, along with a seal on the page. The info missing from what he turned in makes it sound like the certifcate isn't considered legimate.

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I believe he will have to get a "long form" birth certificate. As they stated, it needs to have both parents names and where they were born. I only had my short form birth certificate and had to contact my vital records location to get a long form one with all the information required. I was able to just go through a website as well and my new birth certificate came right to my door.


K1 Timeline
USCIS:

04/16/15: I-129f packet sent
04/17/15: I-129f packet received
04/21/15: Electronic NOA1 received - California Service Center
04/28/15: Hard copy NOA1 received
05/22/15: Electronic NOA2 received, case approved!

05/29/15: Hard copy NOA2 received
NVC:
06/08/15: NVC received our petition
06/11/15: NVC assigned case #
06/15/15: Case left NVC
U.S. Embassy:
06/23/15: Consulate received case
06/25/15: Packet 3 received and sent
07/06/15: Packet 4 received
08/24/15: Medical
08/28/15: Interview! APPROVED!
09/01/15: Administrative processing...
09/04/15: Issued..
09/10/15: Visa IN HAND
09/11/15: POE

09/23/15: Marriage

Adjustment of Status:
10/05/15: Mailed AOS, EAD, AP packet (FedEx)

10/06/15: Packet received @ Chicago

10/12/15: NOA1 received

11/06/15: Biometrics appointment
11/19/15: Case status "Ready to be scheduled for interview"

12/18/15: EAD/AP approved

02/10/16: AOS Interview

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Hi, I received the same exact RFE for my birth certificate. I copied all the pages of my passport even the blank ones and sent them in. That satisfied the RFE and my case was approved two weeks later.

I hope this helps.


October 2011 - Met Online :D
November 2011 - First trip to Dominican Republic :dancing:

Jan 25 2014 - Married in Dominican Republic

May 14, 2014 - I-130 sent Phoenix Lockbox

May 16, 2014 - PD from USCIS Website

May 21, 2014 - NOA-1 hard copy received, Nebraska Service Center

Oct 17, 2014 - RFE notification by txt.

Oct 25, 2014 - RFE hard copy received

Oct 27, 2014 - RFE response sent

Oct 28, 2014 - RFE response received and signed for NSC

Nov 04, 2014 - NOA 2 received by txt message

Nov 21, 2014 - NVC received

Apr 06, 2015 - Checklist received from NVC by email

Apr 07, 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC

Apr 08, 2015 - Checklist response received and scanned at NVC

May 01, 2015 - Case Complete :dancing:

May 13, 2015 - Received interview letter

June 10, 2015 - CR-1 Approved :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Generally speaking a birth certificate should have his name, his mothers name (maiden name) his fathers name if he has one, the place of birth, county and state.

Just from how you describe what he sent in, it doesn't sound very certified. The basic birth certificate is what they're asking for, along with a seal on the page. The info missing from what he turned in makes it sound like the certifcate isn't considered legimate.

He submitted a copy of the original birth certificate that was issued less than a month from his date of birth.

On the certificate it states:

Date of issuance

File no.

Name

Date of birth

Gender

Place of birth (county)

Date filed

His dad's full name

His moms maiden surname

The seal is also on.

It's a real certificate, not something fake. :)

Hi, I received the same exact RFE for my birth certificate. I copied all the pages of my passport even the blank ones and sent them in. That satisfied the RFE and my case was approved two weeks later.

I hope this helps.

Omg thank you so much !

Was this recently ?

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Oct 21, 2014 : I-129F sent

Oct 24, 2014 : I-129F received at TCS

Oct 28, 2014 : NOA1 date

May 21, 2015 : RFE text/email

May 29, 2015 : RFE hard copy

June 1, 2015 : RFE response sent

June 3, 2015 : RFE received at TCS

June 11, 2015 : NOA2 text/email

June 18, 2015 : NOA2 hard copy

June 22, 2015 : Medical

June 22, 2015 : Case send to NVC

July 1, 2015 : Case received NVC

July 6, 2015 : New case number assigned

July 6, 2015 : DS-160

July 6, 2015 : Visa fee payed

July 10, 2015 : Case sent from NVC to embassy in Sweden

July 13, 2015 : Embassy received

July 17, 2015 : Packet 3 received

Aug 6, 2015 : INTERVIEW :D result: APPROVED ????????

Aug 14, 2015 : Visa received ?

Aug 25, 2015 : POE ❤️ After being apart for 185 days we can finally start our lifes together ❤️ 6 months and 4 days..

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He submitted a copy of the original birth certificate that was issued less than a month from his date of birth.

On the certificate it states:

Date of issuance

File no.

Name

Date of birth

Gender

Place of birth (county)

Date filed

His dad's full name

His moms maiden surname

The seal is also on.

It's a real certificate, not something fake. :)

Omg thank you so much !

Was this recently ?

Oct 17, 2014 - RFE notification by txt.

Oct 25, 2014 - RFE hard copy received

Oct 27, 2014 - RFE response sent

Oct 28, 2014 - RFE response received and signed for NSC

Nov 04, 2014 - NOA 2 received by txt message

This from my signature.


October 2011 - Met Online :D
November 2011 - First trip to Dominican Republic :dancing:

Jan 25 2014 - Married in Dominican Republic

May 14, 2014 - I-130 sent Phoenix Lockbox

May 16, 2014 - PD from USCIS Website

May 21, 2014 - NOA-1 hard copy received, Nebraska Service Center

Oct 17, 2014 - RFE notification by txt.

Oct 25, 2014 - RFE hard copy received

Oct 27, 2014 - RFE response sent

Oct 28, 2014 - RFE response received and signed for NSC

Nov 04, 2014 - NOA 2 received by txt message

Nov 21, 2014 - NVC received

Apr 06, 2015 - Checklist received from NVC by email

Apr 07, 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC

Apr 08, 2015 - Checklist response received and scanned at NVC

May 01, 2015 - Case Complete :dancing:

May 13, 2015 - Received interview letter

June 10, 2015 - CR-1 Approved :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Hi, I received the same exact RFE for my birth certificate. I copied all the pages of my passport even the blank ones and sent them in. That satisfied the RFE and my case was approved two weeks later.

I hope this helps.

In your RFE did they give you some examples of what you could submit instead, or did it say the exact exact same as ours?

Just want to make sure :)


Oct 21, 2014 : I-129F sent

Oct 24, 2014 : I-129F received at TCS

Oct 28, 2014 : NOA1 date

May 21, 2015 : RFE text/email

May 29, 2015 : RFE hard copy

June 1, 2015 : RFE response sent

June 3, 2015 : RFE received at TCS

June 11, 2015 : NOA2 text/email

June 18, 2015 : NOA2 hard copy

June 22, 2015 : Medical

June 22, 2015 : Case send to NVC

July 1, 2015 : Case received NVC

July 6, 2015 : New case number assigned

July 6, 2015 : DS-160

July 6, 2015 : Visa fee payed

July 10, 2015 : Case sent from NVC to embassy in Sweden

July 13, 2015 : Embassy received

July 17, 2015 : Packet 3 received

Aug 6, 2015 : INTERVIEW :D result: APPROVED ????????

Aug 14, 2015 : Visa received ?

Aug 25, 2015 : POE ❤️ After being apart for 185 days we can finally start our lifes together ❤️ 6 months and 4 days..

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In your RFE did they give you some examples of what you could submit instead, or did it say the exact exact same as ours?

Just want to make sure :)

I will have to look for the original and I will let you know.


October 2011 - Met Online :D
November 2011 - First trip to Dominican Republic :dancing:

Jan 25 2014 - Married in Dominican Republic

May 14, 2014 - I-130 sent Phoenix Lockbox

May 16, 2014 - PD from USCIS Website

May 21, 2014 - NOA-1 hard copy received, Nebraska Service Center

Oct 17, 2014 - RFE notification by txt.

Oct 25, 2014 - RFE hard copy received

Oct 27, 2014 - RFE response sent

Oct 28, 2014 - RFE response received and signed for NSC

Nov 04, 2014 - NOA 2 received by txt message

Nov 21, 2014 - NVC received

Apr 06, 2015 - Checklist received from NVC by email

Apr 07, 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC

Apr 08, 2015 - Checklist response received and scanned at NVC

May 01, 2015 - Case Complete :dancing:

May 13, 2015 - Received interview letter

June 10, 2015 - CR-1 Approved :dance: :dance: :dance:

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I will have to look for the original and I will let you know.

Thank you so much!

It means a lot to us!


Oct 21, 2014 : I-129F sent

Oct 24, 2014 : I-129F received at TCS

Oct 28, 2014 : NOA1 date

May 21, 2015 : RFE text/email

May 29, 2015 : RFE hard copy

June 1, 2015 : RFE response sent

June 3, 2015 : RFE received at TCS

June 11, 2015 : NOA2 text/email

June 18, 2015 : NOA2 hard copy

June 22, 2015 : Medical

June 22, 2015 : Case send to NVC

July 1, 2015 : Case received NVC

July 6, 2015 : New case number assigned

July 6, 2015 : DS-160

July 6, 2015 : Visa fee payed

July 10, 2015 : Case sent from NVC to embassy in Sweden

July 13, 2015 : Embassy received

July 17, 2015 : Packet 3 received

Aug 6, 2015 : INTERVIEW :D result: APPROVED ????????

Aug 14, 2015 : Visa received ?

Aug 25, 2015 : POE ❤️ After being apart for 185 days we can finally start our lifes together ❤️ 6 months and 4 days..

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There are short and long versions of birth certificates. No one is saying what was sent was fake. They just want a long form US birth certificate. It is used to prove the US citizenship. You can also use copies of ALL pages of a US passport instead of the birth certificate, though you should be able to get a long form birth certificate by ordering it through the court/vital records.

From Page 4 of the I-129F instructions >

5. What Documents Do You Need to Show That You Are a U.S. Citizen?

a. If you were born in the United States, submit a copy, front and back, of your birth certificate.

b. If you were naturalized, submit a copy, front and back, of your original Certificate of Naturalization.

c. If you were born outside the United States and you are a U.S. citizen through your "parent(s)", submit:
(1) A copy of your original Certificate of Citizenship; or
(2) Your Form FS-240, Report of Birth Abroad of a United States Citizen.

d. In place of any of the above, you may submit a copy of your valid, unexpired U.S. passport issued with a validity
period of at least 5 years. You must submit copies of all pages in the passport.


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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Yes, and that's why I wonder why they didn't give me that option in the RFE. But anyway ? we are sending the copy of the passport back as a proof of citizenship ?

Thank you for all the answers, you VJ people are the best ! ?


Oct 21, 2014 : I-129F sent

Oct 24, 2014 : I-129F received at TCS

Oct 28, 2014 : NOA1 date

May 21, 2015 : RFE text/email

May 29, 2015 : RFE hard copy

June 1, 2015 : RFE response sent

June 3, 2015 : RFE received at TCS

June 11, 2015 : NOA2 text/email

June 18, 2015 : NOA2 hard copy

June 22, 2015 : Medical

June 22, 2015 : Case send to NVC

July 1, 2015 : Case received NVC

July 6, 2015 : New case number assigned

July 6, 2015 : DS-160

July 6, 2015 : Visa fee payed

July 10, 2015 : Case sent from NVC to embassy in Sweden

July 13, 2015 : Embassy received

July 17, 2015 : Packet 3 received

Aug 6, 2015 : INTERVIEW :D result: APPROVED ????????

Aug 14, 2015 : Visa received ?

Aug 25, 2015 : POE ❤️ After being apart for 185 days we can finally start our lifes together ❤️ 6 months and 4 days..

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Good luck with it.

I see the same RFE in my future actually. :crying:


K1 time line

 


I-129F sent: 12/23/2014
NOA-1: 12/29/2014
NOA-2: 06/05/2015 (158 days)
NOA-2 hardcopy: 06/11/2015 (6 days post NOA-2, 164 days total)
Sent to NVC: 06/16/2015 (11 days post NOA-2, 169 days total)
NVC receive: 06/25/2015 (20 days post NOA-2, 178 days total)
NVC case no: 06/30/2015 (25 days post NOA-2, 183 days total)
NVC left: 07/02/2015 (27 days post NOA-2, 185 days total)
Case Ready: 07/07/2015 (32 days post NOA-2, 190 days total)
submitted DS-160, paid visa fee.: 07/21/2015 (46 days post NOA-2, 204 days total)
Packet 3 sent: 07/25/2015 (50 days post NOA-2, 209 days total)
Pack 4 received: 07/30/2015 (55 days post NOA-2, 214 days total)
Medical: 09/17/2015 Interview: 09/23/2015 (108 days post NOA-2, 268 days total)
Interview Result: Approved Administrative Processing: 09/23/2015
CEAC Status Issued: 09/24/2015
Visa in hand: 09/28/2015
POE: 12/29/2015 Wedding: 01/11/2016


AOS Time Line

 

AOS package mailed: 01/13/2016
AOS package received: 01/20/2016 (day 1)
AOS NOA-1 text/email: 01/23/2016 (day 3), actual NOA-1 date 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS Fingerprint fee received: 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS check cashed: 01-25-2016 (day 5) Got 6 month NJ driver's license: 01-25-2016
3x NOA-1 hardcopies: 02/03/2016 (day 14)

Biometrics letter: 02/05/2016 (day 16) Biometrics appt (Elizabeth, NJ): 02/17/2016 (day 28)

EAD and AP approved email/txt: 03/29/2016 (day 67)

GC approval email/text: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

I-797 for I-765/I-131 in mail: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

EAD/AP delivered: 04/05/216 (day 75)

GC card being mailed status update: 04/07/16 (day 77)

GC received: 04/11/16 (day 84 post AOS NOA-1)

DONE WITH USCIS FOR 21 MONTHS!

ROC Window opens: 01/04/2018

 

ROC Time Line
ROC package mailed to Vermont 01/04/2018
ROC package received at Vermont 01/08/2018 (day 0)
Check cashed: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
NOA-1 date: 01/09/2018 (day 1)
NOA-1 received: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
Biometrics notice received: 02/09/2018 (day 32)
Biometrics appointment: 02/23/2018 (day 46)
Received 18-month extension letter: 08/13/2018 (day 209)

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In your RFE did they give you some examples of what you could submit instead, or did it say the exact exact same as ours?

Just want to make sure :)

I can't find the copy right now. Basically, I lost my original birth certificate so I requested one from the Office of Vital Records. The one I received and sent in had the same exact information as your fiancee's birth certificate but I still received a RFE. I did not want to waste more time or go through the hassle of getting another birth certificate so I just sent copies of my passport pages.

Your fiancee should be fine sending in copies of his passport pages. KayDeeCee provided spot on information as well.

Good Luck!!


October 2011 - Met Online :D
November 2011 - First trip to Dominican Republic :dancing:

Jan 25 2014 - Married in Dominican Republic

May 14, 2014 - I-130 sent Phoenix Lockbox

May 16, 2014 - PD from USCIS Website

May 21, 2014 - NOA-1 hard copy received, Nebraska Service Center

Oct 17, 2014 - RFE notification by txt.

Oct 25, 2014 - RFE hard copy received

Oct 27, 2014 - RFE response sent

Oct 28, 2014 - RFE response received and signed for NSC

Nov 04, 2014 - NOA 2 received by txt message

Nov 21, 2014 - NVC received

Apr 06, 2015 - Checklist received from NVC by email

Apr 07, 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC

Apr 08, 2015 - Checklist response received and scanned at NVC

May 01, 2015 - Case Complete :dancing:

May 13, 2015 - Received interview letter

June 10, 2015 - CR-1 Approved :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Good luck with it.

I see the same RFE in my future actually. :crying:

Thank you!

I hope for the best for you!

Sometimes we have to expect the worst, then we can only get positively surprised ?


Oct 21, 2014 : I-129F sent

Oct 24, 2014 : I-129F received at TCS

Oct 28, 2014 : NOA1 date

May 21, 2015 : RFE text/email

May 29, 2015 : RFE hard copy

June 1, 2015 : RFE response sent

June 3, 2015 : RFE received at TCS

June 11, 2015 : NOA2 text/email

June 18, 2015 : NOA2 hard copy

June 22, 2015 : Medical

June 22, 2015 : Case send to NVC

July 1, 2015 : Case received NVC

July 6, 2015 : New case number assigned

July 6, 2015 : DS-160

July 6, 2015 : Visa fee payed

July 10, 2015 : Case sent from NVC to embassy in Sweden

July 13, 2015 : Embassy received

July 17, 2015 : Packet 3 received

Aug 6, 2015 : INTERVIEW :D result: APPROVED ????????

Aug 14, 2015 : Visa received ?

Aug 25, 2015 : POE ❤️ After being apart for 185 days we can finally start our lifes together ❤️ 6 months and 4 days..

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Thank you all!

Lots of VJ-thru the computer-hugs to all of you ?


Oct 21, 2014 : I-129F sent

Oct 24, 2014 : I-129F received at TCS

Oct 28, 2014 : NOA1 date

May 21, 2015 : RFE text/email

May 29, 2015 : RFE hard copy

June 1, 2015 : RFE response sent

June 3, 2015 : RFE received at TCS

June 11, 2015 : NOA2 text/email

June 18, 2015 : NOA2 hard copy

June 22, 2015 : Medical

June 22, 2015 : Case send to NVC

July 1, 2015 : Case received NVC

July 6, 2015 : New case number assigned

July 6, 2015 : DS-160

July 6, 2015 : Visa fee payed

July 10, 2015 : Case sent from NVC to embassy in Sweden

July 13, 2015 : Embassy received

July 17, 2015 : Packet 3 received

Aug 6, 2015 : INTERVIEW :D result: APPROVED ????????

Aug 14, 2015 : Visa received ?

Aug 25, 2015 : POE ❤️ After being apart for 185 days we can finally start our lifes together ❤️ 6 months and 4 days..

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