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 I am a U.S. citizen living in Italy and getting ready to send off my i-130 for my Italian wife but I am not confident about some stuff and couldn't find straight answers online, and cant get hold of embassy in Rome. I looked thru forums and googled but maybe my search results missed stuff... a bit dumbfounded I cant find answers but maybe I overthink.


1. Translations. Obviously I will have a friend translate my marriage certificate extract because that is completely in Italian. However, my Carta di Soggiorno and Formula B Marriage paper already has English on it in fine print but I am not sure the people at USCIS will find it good enough. I BELIEVE IT IS. I believe someone holding a government position should be smart enough to see and understand it with minor effort, but I am curious if you guys translated these? Could be a mess trying to format these.


2. Having a backpacker lifestyle and move around a lot background. For address and employment history, OF COURSE, I answered to the best of my knowledge, but obviously I can't remember where we parked for a few days in New Zealand while we were travelling around in a van. I am curious because I am sure some of you out there have shared this lifestyle as well. Is it worth writing a little note in this section saying "Hey on these days I backpacked around and stayed in various hostels and campsites I can't remember names"? Is that suspicious? Am I better off not putting a note and hope these 2 or 3 week gaps don't cause trouble?


3. Is you Carta di Soggiorno alone, enough for them to accept you as a resident? https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-offices/italy-uscis-rome-field-office

 (CARTA is residency CARD not certificate like they ask on the website, at the moment its all I have)



Thanks so much !

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1. I would include a translation, just to be safe. I received an RFE for the translation of my international birth certificate that was in 10 languages, including English. Apparently the officer did not read past the Dutch and German to find the English. So yes, I would add a "translation", where you just copy the English part to a new page.


2. You don't need to list every place you stayed at while traveling. I would just write "backpacking in ..." with the start and end dates to explain any gaps in address history. But if you were still paying rent or owning a house (so officially still living somewhere), I wouldn't even mention the traveling. 


Sorry, can't help with #3.


Good luck!

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