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I am both an American and Iraqi citizen. I married an Iraqi woman. When I married my wife I used my Iraqi documents in the court. My marriage certificate along with my other Iraqi documents all have slightly different information than my American documents (when the Iraqi authorities issued the documents they made mistakes). I am thinking about applying for an IR1 but I don't know what to do exactly because of the discrepancies. Do I need to go to the Iraqi courts and change all of this information so that it is exactly the same as my American documents (I suppose that is going to be quite difficult though, plus I would then have to get my marriage certificate re-issued so that is another step as well) or is there any other way of sorting this out? Would it still be possible to get an IR1 accepted with such discrepancies? I know this is probably one of the more difficult and complex questions asked on this board but does anyone have a clue on what I should do? I really need your help. 

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6 hours ago, Frank227 said:

I am both an American and Iraqi citizen. I married an Iraqi woman. When I married my wife I used my Iraqi documents in the court. My marriage certificate along with my other Iraqi documents all have slightly different information than my American documents (when the Iraqi authorities issued the documents they made mistakes). I am thinking about applying for an IR1 but I don't know what to do exactly because of the discrepancies. Do I need to go to the Iraqi courts and change all of this information so that it is exactly the same as my American documents (I suppose that is going to be quite difficult though, plus I would then have to get my marriage certificate re-issued so that is another step as well) or is there any other way of sorting this out? Would it still be possible to get an IR1 accepted with such discrepancies? I know this is probably one of the more difficult and complex questions asked on this board but does anyone have a clue on what I should do? I really need your help. 

It depends on the nature and extent of the "mistakes" or "discrepancies".  Please elaborate with the details, without disclosing your actual name or details.


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4 hours ago, pushbrk said:

It depends on the nature and extent of the "mistakes" or "discrepancies".  Please elaborate with the details, without disclosing your actual name or details.

First of all the documents have my date of birth wrong, the month and year are correct but the day is a few days off. Unfortunately, they also have my place of birth wrong, they have put Iraq as my place of birth. My name is also a bit different. What an obstacle right? I wish i'd have just married with my American documents but what's gone is gone. Any idea on how I can begin to solve this matter?

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11 hours ago, Frank227 said:

First of all the documents have my date of birth wrong, the month and year are correct but the day is a few days off. Unfortunately, they also have my place of birth wrong, they have put Iraq as my place of birth. My name is also a bit different. What an obstacle right? I wish i'd have just married with my American documents but what's gone is gone. Any idea on how I can begin to solve this matter?

We first have to determine just how big a matter it is or is going to be.  Without actual information, that's impossible.  Where WERE you born?  Just HOW incorrect is "a bit different"?  


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16 hours ago, pushbrk said:

We first have to determine just how big a matter it is or is going to be.  Without actual information, that's impossible.  Where WERE you born?  Just HOW incorrect is "a bit different"?  

I was born in the USA, I don't know why they just didn't put that on my Iraqi documents as I had put in my application. My name is for the most part the same, however let me give an example of what I mean by "a bit different". Say a person in the Unites States is named Francis Michael Coleman and then their Iraqi document says their name is Frank Michel Cole. So, that's what I mean by a "bit" different. It's like a spelling mistake on their part, irresponsibility and carelessness. When I got the documents back initially I wanted to change all of this and make them re-do it but I was told it is a long drawn out process and I really didn't have the time to go through it. I appreciate your help. I hope I provided enough insight into the matter. 

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6 hours ago, Frank227 said:

I was born in the USA, I don't know why they just didn't put that on my Iraqi documents as I had put in my application. My name is for the most part the same, however let me give an example of what I mean by "a bit different". Say a person in the Unites States is named Francis Michael Coleman and then their Iraqi document says their name is Frank Michel Cole. So, that's what I mean by a "bit" different. It's like a spelling mistake on their part, irresponsibility and carelessness. When I got the documents back initially I wanted to change all of this and make them re-do it but I was told it is a long drawn out process and I really didn't have the time to go through it. I appreciate your help. I hope I provided enough insight into the matter. 

It's a big mess.  If you don't clean it up, expect significant problems.  A lot of the information you provide in and with the petition is provided in order to verify you are who you say you are and she is who she says she is.  Yes, you would have been far wiser to use your current identification documents than ones that are out of date, AND to insist that the Iraqi government workers did their jobs accurately.  Hindsight...


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3 hours ago, pushbrk said:

It's a big mess.  If you don't clean it up, expect significant problems.  A lot of the information you provide in and with the petition is provided in order to verify you are who you say you are and she is who she says she is.  Yes, you would have been far wiser to use your current identification documents than ones that are out of date, AND to insist that the Iraqi government workers did their jobs accurately.  Hindsight...

Thanks I will begin by correcting my Iraqi documents so that it matches my American documents. I appreciate your help. 

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