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Is an Original Marriage Certificate Required?

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My wife, who I brought to the U.S. via a K-1 Visa, will soon be applying for adjustment of status. My question is, do they require an original marriage certificate or can we just mail them a photocopy? Also, does the marriage certificate need to be certified by the office of records? If I send them an original, will they mail it back to us?

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2 minutes ago, Ninja Joe said:

My wife, who I brought to the U.S. via a K-1 Visa, will soon be applying for adjustment of status. My question is, do they require an original marriage certificate or can we just mail them a photocopy? Also, does the marriage certificate need to be certified by the office of records? If I send them an original, will they mail it back to us?

What do the instructions say?  

 

The evidence standard is a legible photocopy unless an original or certified copy is SPECIFICALLY requested.  It goes on to say that if you send an original that was not specifically requested they will likely DESTROY the original, so no you don't get it back.


YMMV

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43 minutes ago, Ninja Joe said:

My wife, who I brought to the U.S. via a K-1 Visa, will soon be applying for adjustment of status. My question is, do they require an original marriage certificate or can we just mail them a photocopy? Also, does the marriage certificate need to be certified by the office of records? If I send them an original, will they mail it back to us?

Photocopy of the marriage certificate is sufficient. Nothing in the instructions say you need to submit a certified copy.

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