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Hello everyone, I have a question. So I read on the ucis website that all foreign documents must be translated to English by a certified translator as far as the website states it says birth and marriage certificates,  police records and bank statements. But here's my question, a friend wrote me an affidavit of support letter for a bona fide marriage, does this too has to be translated by a certified translator or can I do it myself? 

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For the sake of things, I would play it safe and also have it translated by a certified translator. If the cost is your concern, the visa process is not the place to cut corners.

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25 minutes ago, natanicole said:

Hello everyone, I have a question. So I read on the ucis website that all foreign documents must be translated to English by a certified translator...

You are reading it wrong. Where does the USCIS say it has to be translated by a certified translator? 

Spouse:

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28 minutes ago, natanicole said:

Hello everyone, I have a question. So I read on the ucis website that all foreign documents must be translated to English by a certified translator as far as the website states it says birth and marriage certificates,  police records and bank statements. But here's my question, a friend wrote me an affidavit of support letter for a bona fide marriage, does this too has to be translated by a certified translator or can I do it myself? 

Affidavit of support is not a letter, it is the I-864 form.

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13 minutes ago, P0907 said:

For the sake of things, I would play it safe and also have it translated by a certified translator. If the cost is your concern, the visa process is not the place to cut corners.

Not required.  Anyone who is fluent in both languages can translate a document as long as they include the proper certification statement. 

 

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1 minute ago, Lucky Cat said:

Not required.  Anyone who is fluent in both languages can translate a document as long as they include the proper certification statement. 

But can it be the same person as the beneficiary/petitioner? 

USCIS

29 Apr 2020: I-130 filed online

11 Dec 2020: I-130 approved

 

NVC

17 Dec 2020: NVC Received

25 Jan 2021: Paid AOS and IV fees

14 Apr 2021: Submitted I-864, I-864A and DS-260

14 Apr 2021: Expedite request

04 May 2021: Expedite approved, case sent to Consulate in Naples, Italy

 

US Consulate Naples, Italy

04 May 2021: Consulate received

18 May 2021: Requested expedited interview

20 May 2021: Expedited interview approved and scheduled for 8th June

07 Jun 2021: Medical at Istituto Varelli (Naples, Italy) - Very friendly staff, spoke English

08 Jun 2021: Interview - APPROVED

09 Jun 2021: Picked up passport with Visa in person from Consulate 

 

USA

17 June 2021: Entered New York (JFK) as Point of Entry

17 June 2021: Landed in Arizona and reunited with my wife :) 

28 June 2021: Received Social Security Number

10 July 2021: Form I-551 (Green Card) marked as in production

15 July 2021: Form I-551 (Green Card) received in the post

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Just now, P0907 said:

But can it be the same person as the beneficiary/petitioner? 

Yes.

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2 minutes ago, P0907 said:

But can it be the same person as the beneficiary/petitioner? 

Yes.  There are members here who translated their own documents without any issues.  

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"The US immigration process requires a great deal of knowledge, planning, time, patience, and a significant amount of money.  It is quite a journey!"

- Some old child of the 50's & 60's on his laptop 

 

Senior Master Sergeant, US Air Force- Retired (after 20+ years)- Missile Systems Maintenance & Titan 2 ICBM Launch Crew Duty (200+ Alert tours)

Registered Nurse- Retired- I practiced in the areas of Labor & Delivery, Home Health, Adolescent Psych, & Adult Psych.

IT Professional- Retired- Web Site Design, Hardware Maintenance, Compound Pharmacy Software Trainer, On-site go live support, Database Manager, App Designer.

______________________________________

August 7, 2022: Wife filed N-400 Online under 5 year rule.

November 10, 2022: Received "Interview is scheduled" letter.

December 12, 2022:  Received email from Dallas office informing me (spouse) to be there for combo interview.

December 14, 2022: Combo Interview for I-751 and N-400 Conducted.

January 26, 2023: Wife's Oath Ceremony completed at the Plano Event Center, Plano, Texas!!!😁

February 6, 2023: Wife's Passport Application submitted in Dallas, Texas.

March 21, 2023:   Wife's Passport Delivered!!!!

May 15, 2023 (about):  Naturalization Certificate returned from Passport agency!!

 

In summary, it took 13 months for approval of the CR-1.  It took 44 months for approval of the I-751.  It took 4 months for approval of the N-400.   It took 172 days from N-400 application to Oath Ceremony.   It took 6 weeks for Passport, then 7 additional weeks for return of wife's Naturalization Certificate.. 
 

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