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Unable to get NSO marriage certificate a ASAP, can i use local civil registrar-certified marriage certificate to file for I-130 petition?

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hi, im a LPR in united states and last may2015 i went to my home town (philippines) to finally tie a knot to my long time boyfriend. And we hope to file for the petition as soon as possible.

but apparently, NSO takes months to process marriage certificates, they said that we can get ours, 6-12 months. how annoying isn't? we went to the civil registry office to expedite our license but apparently, we are too late to file for it.

now, question : Can we send a local civil registrar-certified marriage certificate with the petition?

thanks for the help!!

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Yup unless your service center ends up to be Nebraska.

Nebraska is notorious for demanding the NSO version.

California and Vermont is fine with the LCR copy.

Edited by apple21

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We passed Local certified true copy of our MC for i130 with no problem. Our case was forwarded to CSC.

F2A Journey for me and my Daughter

November 18, 2013 - Priority Date
November 25, 2013 - NOA1
February 06, 2014 - NOA2
March 6, 2014 - IIN through call
February 20, 2015 - Access in CEAC and DS261
February 24, 2015 - Email received from NVC, AOS invoice
February 24, 2015 - Paid AOS
February 25, 2015 - AOS payment 'in process' status
February 26, 2015 - AOS payment 'paid' status
March 8, 2015 - DS 261 approved
March 11, 2015 - IV Fee Invoice Received
March 12, 2015 - IV Fee Invoice Paid
March 14, 2015 - Sent AOS/IV Docs/Package to NVC
March 16, 2015 - NVC Scan Date
March 19, 2015 - Access to DS260
March 20, 2015 - DS260 completed
April 15, 2015 - Checklist that DS260 is not yet completed - escalated to the Supervisor
May 9, 2015 - Called NVC for status, confirmed that our case is complete, waiting for the actual letter.
May 15, 2015 - Case Complete (Received letter from NVC)

June 25, 2015 - Called NVC for update of Interview (Goodnews received)

June 30, 2015 - IL received through Email

July 06-08, 2015 - Medical - Passed :)

AUGUST 06, 2015; 6:15AM - Interview Schedule (PASSED)

August 6 -9, 2015 - CEAC Status (ISSUED)

August 10, 2015 - In Transit at 2GO online tracking

August 11, 2015 - Visa Packet received

August 12, 2015 - Pre Departure Orientation and Seminar Done (this is important for Filipinos leaving our Country)

xx xx xx - POE (San Francisco, CA)

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