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Filing petitioners birth certificate with I-130

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Mexico
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Can anyone on here confirm if they did/did not have any problems sending a photocopy of their birth certificates (as proof of citizenship) along with the I-130 package? Does it have to be an original?

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Denmark
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Never ever send originals of anything with the I-130. You will not get those back. Always send photocopies of everything unless USCIS contacts you specifically asking for an original. Photocopy the front and back of your birth certificate. Do NOT send the original


Our CR1 Journey:

 

USCIS Stage:

  • Feb 14 2019: NOA1 (NSC)
  • July 31 2019: I129f NOA1
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  • Sep 19 2019: I130 NOA2 (Approved - 217 days from NOA1)

 

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  • Sep 27 2019: Sent to Department of State
  • Oct 31 2019: Case number received (34 days since sent)
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  • Feb 19 2020: Documentarily Qualified (9 weeks from 2nd submission, 14 weeks from first submission)

 

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2 hours ago, Joey Y Ana said:

Can anyone on here confirm if they did/did not have any problems sending a photocopy of their birth certificates (as proof of citizenship) along with the I-130 package? Does it have to be an original?

Careful study and becoming an A-Student of the I-130 instructions (and all form instructions) will be critical to your ultimate success.  Your question clearly indicates you haven't even looked at those yet.  Do some homework.  You have the answer to THIS question but without doing your homework, you won't know WHAT, you don't know.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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I had to send a photocopy (you will not receive originals back) and it was fine. I sent the front and back. Make sure you have everything organized. I'll PM with a specific, updated guide, as I find the guides on here are outdated.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Mexico
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Thanks for all of your responses. I've done a ton of reading. I just needed to be sure because when I apply for a visa for work over seas, they ALWAYS require an original copy of my birth certificate. Thanks for the verification.

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