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HI

 

My Profile :

Location : Living and Working in South Korea

Nationality : Pakistan

 

Wife  

Location : Texas US

Nationality : US Citizen

 

We got married in March in Pakistan, we are now looking to file for CR1.

What documents Do we need to file for i-130 petition?

 

For Nikah Nama / Marriage Certificate , is it mandatory to get it Attested from Foreign Affairs of Pakistan? We have NADRA English Marriage Certificate.

 

Foreign Affair Office asked for Wife's NICOP with updated Name and then they will attest it.

 

Can we Skip Foreign affair Pakistan attestation and get it notarized by Notary Public instead?

 

If there is any document help page for Pakistan ,please refer me to it.

 

Thank you

 

 

 

 

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**Moved from IR-1 / CR-1 Spouse Visa Process & Procedures to  Asia: South regional subforum; question is country specific**


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 🇷🇺  CR-1 via DCF in Moscow* (2016-2017) 🇺🇸 Info about my DCF experience here and here.

Spoiler

26-Jul-2016: Married abroad (USC + Russian husband) 👩‍❤️‍👨
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Moscow USCIS field office*
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 🎊 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview at Embassy - approved! 🎉

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

28-Jun-2017: Port of Entry @ PDX 🛩️

21-Jul-2017: No SSN after three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED.

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – error in middle name 😕

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; told to keep GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for original card!! 🤬

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sept-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!! 😂

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions - NBC (Apr-2019-???) 📝 MSC I-751 filers: Track your case here!

Spoiler

28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC

01-Apr-2019: ROC in the mail to Phoenix AZ lockbox! 📫

03-Apr-2019: ROC packet delivered to lockbox

09-Apr-2019: USCIS cashed check

09-Apr-2019: Case number received via text - MSC 📲

12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

19-Apr-2019: Biometrics letter arrives via mail

30-Apr-2019: Biometrics appointment at local office  

??-???-2019: TBA...

Mar-30-2020: N-400 early filing window opens! 🇺🇸

 

 

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You can check out the official DOS website about what foreign documents are accepted for immigration purposes. This is what it states for marriage certificates from Pakistan:

 

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Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: There are fees

Document Name:  Nikah Nama along with its English translation or Marriage Registration Certificate

Issuing Authority: Union Council for Muslims. Certificates for non-Muslim citizens such as Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus, Parsis etc. are issued by respective community head offices (i.e. church or temple).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  This varies by location and religion.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Secretary of Union Council & Nikah Registrar on Nikah Nama

Registration Criteria: For Muslims, the marriage registrar should sign and stamp each original Nikah Nama and submit the first copy to the Union Council, while the second and third copies are provided to the bride and groom. The Registrar keeps the fourth copy. The Nikah Registrar should register the marriage within two months, but this does not always occur. The NADRA marriage certificate can provide further proof of registration. For immigration purposes, the Nikah must be registered with the Union Council.

Ahmadi, Christian, Hindu, and Parsi marriage certificates are issued by the church or temple leaders and are not generally registered with the local authorities.

Procedure for Obtaining: The original Nikah Nama is usually in Urdu and can be obtained from the Nikah Registrar.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: The NADRA marriage registration certificate is an acceptable substitute for the Nikah Nama, but usually it is examined with a Nikah Nama along with its English translation as it contains more information (i.e. witnesses, ex-spouse and number of children). 

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Info taken from here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Visa-Reciprocity-and-Civil-Documents-by-Country/Pakistan.html

 


03639.png                  

 🇷🇺  CR-1 via DCF in Moscow* (2016-2017) 🇺🇸 Info about my DCF experience here and here.

Spoiler

26-Jul-2016: Married abroad (USC + Russian husband) 👩‍❤️‍👨
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Moscow USCIS field office*
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 🎊 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview at Embassy - approved! 🎉

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

28-Jun-2017: Port of Entry @ PDX 🛩️

21-Jul-2017: No SSN after three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED.

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – error in middle name 😕

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; told to keep GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for original card!! 🤬

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sept-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!! 😂

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions - NBC (Apr-2019-???) 📝 MSC I-751 filers: Track your case here!

Spoiler

28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC

01-Apr-2019: ROC in the mail to Phoenix AZ lockbox! 📫

03-Apr-2019: ROC packet delivered to lockbox

09-Apr-2019: USCIS cashed check

09-Apr-2019: Case number received via text - MSC 📲

12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

19-Apr-2019: Biometrics letter arrives via mail

30-Apr-2019: Biometrics appointment at local office  

??-???-2019: TBA...

Mar-30-2020: N-400 early filing window opens! 🇺🇸

 

 

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Thank you , I have NIkah Nama in Urdu Registered with UNION Council and NADRA Marriage registration Certificate in ENGLISH.

 

The Information above does not say anything about , Notarization or Attestation from any institute or Notary Public.

 

 

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