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My wife and I speak Vietnamese together, however I would not say I am fully fluent in the language.  For example, my Vietnamese with people other than my wife is intermediate level and I am not good enough to watch television or read novels (my reading level is probably mid-elementary school).  My Vietnamese with my wife is well more than adequate to explain the form to her, though partially because when my grammar or vocabulary/pronunciation is incorrect she understands my intent (and corrects me).


My understanding is that on the form i-130 I do not need to list an interpreter since I am the petitioner and preparing the form on my own, but on the form i-130a I do need to list an interpreter or preparer because my wife is the spouse beneficiary who must complete the form (and she cannot speak English well enough to prepare the form).


Is this correct?


If so, do I need to find an actual interpreter since I cannot rightfully say I am fluent in the language?


Can I list myself as the preparer instead (which makes sense since I am preparing the form)?



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You can put your name as a preparer.

Timeline Info below:


04/21/16 -- Marriage

----- CR1 Process -----

USCIS Stage [222 days from NOA1]

06/08/16 -- Sent I-130

01/31/17 -- I-130 petition sent to NVC [Received Email notification and MyUscis status update]

NVC Stage [105 days from NOA2]

Embassy/Consulate (Interview) Stage [43 days from Case Complete to Visa in Hand]

05/18/17 -- Consulate Received. CEAC Case status changed to "Ready"

06/01/17 -- Medical Examination [Complete. It took around 2 hours. Total Cost INR 11650 for Surat City Apollo Clinic]

06/12/17 -- Biometric (OFC) Appointment

06/13/17 -- Interview [7:30 AM at Mumbai, India]. Visa Approved

06/15/17 -- Visa in hand

06/21/17 -- POE at DFW (Dallas, Texas)

----- Removal of Condition -----

Removal of Condition (I-751) [TBD]

06/18/2019 -- Sent the package (3 Days before GC expires, cutting it close). Sent to Lewisville, TX via FedEx Ground

06/19/2019 -- Package received at around 9:30 AM (Hoping I don't get rejected for missing deadline)

06/24/2019 -- Card was charged with $680 fees. Text Message received confirming Receipt. Case routed to NBC (Case Number starts with 'MSC')

06/28/2019 -- NOA Hard Copy & 18 Months Extension Letter Received in Mail with NOA Date as 06/19/2019

07/12/2019 -- Biomentrics Appointment Letter received. The Letter is Dated 7/5/2019. Appointment is on 7/22/2019

07/22/2019 -- Biometrics Appointment Complete


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