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Hey Guys,


Feeling kind of sick. Got all of my documents together and was ready to submit the CA-1. Was feeling so relieved. 


Turns out there was a problem i missed. On my Wife's birth certificate her mom's name is misspelled. One letter is missing. Example "ebra" instead of Debra. 


Simple right? Have the birth certificate corrected. However...bureaucracy has put a damper on that. The officer that signs off on this kind of thing has resigned and they don't know when they'll have a new one. Possibly months or even a year. I kind of don't want to wait that long. We're looking to have kids and both at an age where there isn't too much time to waste. 


So i'm reaching out to you guys for what to do. Should we just chance it and hope they don't notice? It's kind of an easy to miss error 


Should we try to get out ahead of it/point it out and submit supplemental documentation showing the correct name and that my wife is her daughter?

We have the following documents with the correct spelling:

School Records (Parents names)
CENOMAR = certificate of freedom to marry (with both parents names)

Baptismal certificate (with both parents names)

Sisters Birth Certificate (with correct spelling)

OUR Marriage Certificate (with correct spelling)
Mother's birth certificate  (with correct spelling)

Mother's/father's marriage certificate

We can possibly get more things?


Any help would be appreciated guys. I'm kinda crushed here.  

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CA-1? I'm assuming you're talking about filing the I-130 petition?


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53 minutes ago, StevieJ said:

I'm kinda crushed here

Crushed about what? This is nothing. Heck I had more egregious issues with my own name than this and it was never a problem. Go ahead and file!

I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,

Neither are you here to live up to mine.

I don't owe no one no obligation 
So everything is fine, fine

I said, I am that I am I am, I am, I am

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Not an issue at this time.  She should try to get her birth certificate corrected. It wasnt needed for the I-130 anyhow. 

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss


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Hey Stevie, just to say that this is likely not a big deal at all. There were way worse errors on my own birth certificate regarding mother's maiden name, wasn't a problem.Just file.

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This is a non-issue.  The beneficiary's birth certificate is not submitted with the I-130 anyway.  If you can get it corrected, fine.  Otherwise, don't panic.  It is not likely to be any kind of issue at all.  It's an "error" you nor she made.  These things happen in the Phils and Consular Officers know it.  They also know there is only one person with certain authority in many local offices.  Even if they are on vacation, at lunch, or out sick, you WAIT.

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