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  1. Hi Everyone, I'm new to this forum, but I'm hoping someone can help me. I need to obtain a copy of my Vietnamese birth certificate, and I am having a lot of trouble finding information about how to do this. It seems that a number of people on this forum have been in a similar situation, and I have browsed all 115 pages of the Vietnam forum but nobody seems to have provided the information I need. Some background: I am a child of refugees - I was born in Saigon in 1974 and left with my parents in 1976. Most of the official papers were lost or destroyed when my parents left, and I have never held a birth certificate (although it is likely that my parents did register my birth in Saigon). I have lived in the USA my whole life, and I am a naturalized citizen. I really don't have any ties to Vietnam except that it happens to be where I was born. I have never needed my Vietnam birth certificate before as I hold a US passport. However... I am now married to a New Zealand citizen and have recently moved to New Zealand. I am currently on a 2 year working visa, and am eligible for residency by marriage. However, the New Zealand immigration department requires either a certified copy of my original birth certificate, or evidence that my birth certificate is 'unobtainable' (which means I would need a formal declaration from Vietnamese authorities that they cannot locate my birth record). The NZ immigration website notes "just because a birth certificate is hard to obtain does not mean it is unobtainable". So - there's no easy way around this: I need to have contact the relevant authorities in Vietnam (and by that I mean I need actual 2-way communication) either to get a copy of my birth certificate or a statement that they can't find it. So here are my questions: 1) Is it even possible to obtain a copy of a birth certificate from overseas? One post on this forum from 'Capri' (04 February 2013 - 08:54 PM) states "Non-Residents: ... Documents cannot be requested through a Vietnamese diplomatic mission, nor can a request be sent to a local office from overseas". Is this true? Is the only way to get a copy of my birth certificate to actually travel to Vietnam?? That seems crazy! 2) Assuming a request *can* be made from overseas, who should it be sent to? I have sent numerous emails (in English) requesting help to contacts in the Ministry of Justice in HCMC and Hanoi (found from the website), but I have never had a reply. 3) Some people suggest that I should instead contact the People's Committee, but how do I do this? Are contact details listed anywhere? Do I need to trace down which exact district to send to, or should I send to the committee for District 1? Can I just send an email? Would they accept a request in English or do I have to translate it into Vietnamese? This is the kind of practical detail that nobody ever tells you. 4) Is there any way to find out exactly what I have to send to the Vietnamese authorities? There are no instructions anywhere online that I've been able to find. I assume I have to submit proof of identity, details of birth and parentage, an application form and processing fee, but nowhere is it listed what kind of information is required. So - that's my situation. Once I actually can communicate with someone then I face the next problem(s) (father deceased, mother has had stroke and memory not great, not sure what names any of us were actually registered under, which district in Saigon I was born in, etc), but the first step is to actually get someone to respond to my correspondence. Can anybody help? Any advice would be very gratefully received.
  2. Hi Friends, I was born in Delhi India and have my original birth certificate from hospital and municipality. The original birth certificate had initials of my parents name instead of full name. I got my birth certificate corrected with full name, but now municipality only issues an online version of birth certificate. They no longer issue a hard copy with stamp. Should I submit both my original birth certificate copy and a copy new online version at NVC stage? Any information in this regard is much appreciated. Thank you.. KapiDan
  3. Hi All, I need to provide a translated Vietnamese Birth Certificate as part of my AOS filing. Does anyone have a sample I could look at? Would like to do it myself. Thanks in advance.
  4. Hi everyone, We are currently at the document upload stage of the DS-260 application. I, the applicant am a British Citizen who was born in India and moved to the United Kingdom before my 1st birthday. I have obtained a certified copy of my Birth Certificate from the Municipal authority in India - This document is bilingual (Punjabi & English). Would this bilingual Birth Certificate be accepted as supporting document and also accepted at my interview which will take place in the United Kingdom. Or, would I still require a translation? I've tried researching this but cannot find anything specific to UK requirements. Please see below extract from my Birth Certificate which shows both languages in use; Thanks in advance! Jas.
  5. I have read that Mamoo in Pakistan (MIP) provides this service but at a crazy hefty $250. If I have relatives in Pakistan, is the fee cheaper to give it to them? Also, is there any other service that is cheaper? Note: we went and got a birth certificate for "immigration purposes" from the Pakistan Consulate in Houston, but that is not a valid document according to the local service we are using for immigration help. I called NADRA and they said the Union Council issues the NADRA birth certificate.
  6. Hey everyone! My partner is from China and we are ready for AOS (K-1). Do we need to put in a certified copy of the birth certificate or will a regular copy be okay? Thank you so much. Best regards, Roxanne
  7. Hi, my PD Nov 16, I had my interview on March 2019 but CO gave me 221g in which I had to summit my birth certificate and he said you case is being returned to NVC. He need more proofs now there is no sound we asked through senator USCIS replied him case received and pending for review. Now my husband called USCIS and lady told him your case is not in USCIS. She gave him Homeland contact number and said you should ask here. I don’t know what we have to do? And where the case is ? Can you help. Thanks
  8. Hi everyone, Some context: K1 visa received, one-way ticket purchased, just nine weeks to go (I arrive March 15 and we get married on the 28th!!!) We wanted to get a head start on the AOS process. We would so appreciate it if someone could kindly help us with the following: 1. Provide some feedback on our cover letter (PDF attached, or the PNG file if the former doesn't work) and also double-check that we listed all the materials that we need to submit with the packet. 2. (Please confirm or clarify) if it makes a difference to include copies of my (beneficiary) birth certificate and our marriage certificate with I-765 and I-131 applications. We noticed that both the birth and marriage certificates are not included in the list of required documents on the USCIS website, but we've been seeing a lot of VJ-ers include them in those two applications. Many, many thanks! AOS Cover Letter.pdf
  9. Hi I need your advice My Egyptian wife case in the national Visa Center they excepted all documentation’s and applications except her birth certificate , marriage certificate And police certificate and they send me a message saying that I have replace this documents with an acceptable documents from the correct issuing authority. But I submit all those documents from the correct issuing authority plus the translation from local translator in Egypt for each documents what the NVC means by I have to get the documents from the correct issuing authority, again this is the correct documents from the correct issuing Authority, what I should do ?
  10. Hi, I'm from Sweden and my husband from the US. We both currently live in the U.S. We are in the middle of our filing for AoS through marriage. Thus, I need to submit my Birth Certificate, which is non-existent. Instead I requested a "Personbevis" (Extract from the population register) through the Swedish Tax Agency, "Skatteverket". Is this enough evidence? If not, what other evidence can I use? Also, can I go to a Swedish consulate and ask them to write a statement that it does not exist? Since this is what I found on USCIS: "Where a record does not exist, the applicant or petitioner must submit an original written statement on government letterhead establishing this from the relevant government or other authority" https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-11630/0-0-0-11646.html Thanks!
  11. My peruvian birth certificate has an accent mark in my last name but my passport and visa stamp don’t, and this is because my another country ID was print everything in capital letters which means no accent marks. In order to get the passport and visa i had to use that ID and no my birth certificate. So I wonder if this would be an issue when I apply for the AOS. Thanks so much in advanced! 😭
  12. Hi, I have my green card interview in 2 weeks (5 months after filing!) and in the letter they asked for some documents like passport, marriage license... They also asked for my birth certificate. Since it's in French, I need to a certified translation again. (I sent both an original birth certificate and original English certified translation with the original filing package). My question is, since I'm in the US, can I translate at any translation company here? The original translation I sent was from my home country. Is it ok if the one I sent originally is different than the translation I get here? Also, I haven't received my EAD yet, do I ask for it during the interview? Thanks.
  13. Hello, I moved to the US on a K1 in October and applied for AOS, EAD/AP in November. I received an RFIE today for AOS/i-485 and it's in regards to my Birth Certificate. I am completely confused why I got an RFIE, as the document I submitted is a CERTIFIED copy issued by my government in the UK. It's a full birth certificate, written in ENGLISH. This birth certificate has been used for years and accepted at every point it has been used, by the UK government AND during my K1 application. I don't understand why now it's suddenly an issue. I have included the relevant pictures below with personal information blanked out, if anyone has any advise please let me know. Thanks!
  14. Hello, Question: For the interview, it states that the beneficiary must bring the -original- birth certificate. My fiance is from the Philippines but has status in Canada (work visa; she is not a PR or Citizen of Canada). Her family in the Philippines does not have her original birth certificate. But, her mother went to the Civil Registrar General Philippine Statistics Authority and requested it from the government office. They gave her a copy of the birth certificate from their files; it is NOT notarized, but was printed on special color-fibre paper, has a signature of the representative who pulled the file and her name. Also has a barcode on there for tracking purposes and says "BEST POSSIBLE IMAGE: PAGE 1 OF 1 COPY" Will this be okay for the interview? Because it says "PAGE 1 OF 1 COPY", doesn't say Original -- but it is an actual copy of the original document (which was lost). I mean, they just dont have the original one from the 1980's... am I just overthinking this? Thanks all!
  15. Hello, My husband is from Honduras. We requested for his birth certificate ( Folio del Libro de Nacimiento) to send to NVC; however, it is hand written. On the travel.state.gov website it shows n example of how this folio should look. Where my husband is registered they said since he was born in 1981 it is handwritten. Has anyone come across this? Will NVC close our case if we send this in?
  16. Hi, I received a RFE for original birth certificate yesterday. We initially sent copies of birth certificate translation in English assuming it will suffice. Unfortunately, it didn't and we are really disappointed on ourselves for sending only copy of translation. The RFE states "Submit a copy of the applicant's foreign birth certificate issued by appropriate civil authority. USCIS will only accepts a long form birth certificate which lists at least one parent. If the document is in a language other than English, You must submit a copy of foreign birth certificate and a complete English translation." So in this scenario, we are to submit COPY OF ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE (Which is in FOREIGN LANGUAGE) and ORIGINAL TRANSLATION OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE correct? I got advise that original translation would have been suffice had we have sent it at the first place. USICIS doesn't accepts copy of translation? Translation must be in original form? As I understand the requirement, I am about to submit a COPY OF FOREIGN BIRTH CERTIFICATE IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE and ORIGINAL TRANSLATION along with the copy of RFE letter and cover letter. Please correct me if I have to send any other documents. Also, any other info is much appreciated..
  17. My wife and I are having trouble obtaining a copy of a Notarial Certificate of Birth for her. She is a Chinese citizen here in the US on an F-1 Student Visa. She is in the midst of her OPT period and we have been advised by our attorney for her not to return to China until (if we’re approved) she gets a green card as she may be unable to re-enter if she does. The problem is that she does not currently know where her Hukou is and her few close relatives have either not been able to find it or are not being very helpful. My wife has never met her biological mother as she and my wife’s father divorced months after she gave birth. The only information by wife has about her mother is her name. Her father is estranged, so talking with him is unlikely to be of any help. She knows that in the past she’s had a hukou with her and her father both on it. She has a Chinese ID card and a Chinese passport, both of which are valid. We have contacted both the police and the local government offices in her hometown, but this far have either been told that they do not offer such certificates, or that she will need to be there in person. Is her returning to China and locating her hukou the only option we have? Is having the hukou enough to guarantee she can get a Notarial Certificate of Birth? Wouldn’t she have had to have some kind of documents to verify her birth to even come here to the US in the first place? In case it is relevant, she was born in a rural area of Shaoxing, Zhejiang, and then when she was around 12 or 13 the government relocated them into an urban area of the city after seizing their family’s farmland. We’re both very discouraged right now, so any and all advise will be appreciated. We are not worried about any other aspect of this process, but we both fear that this birth certificate complication could become a major roadblock to her successfully receiving a green card.
  18. Hi everyone! I am in the process of getting my citizenship and would like to file for my parents as soon as I am done. Meanwhile I was thinking to have all the required documents ready for them. Both my parents live in India and are retired. They don't have a birth certificate or marriage certificate. Even though their DOB and marriage is validated in legal documents like passports and adhaar card. Has someone been in a similar situation and what did you do that worked out for you? I have read in previous threads that in these situations, we can have a signed affidavit by city's municipal corporation which can be submitted in lieu of non availability of birth and marriage certificates. Is this a valid statement? And if yes, can someone provide me with the template of the affidavits that they used for this purpose? Also, if someone can guide me with the list of other supporting documents that may be needed and should be submitted? Thanks and appreciate the help.
  19. Hello Everyone, My fiance has the K1 interview in one week, and we were unsure if our "original" birth certificate and police certificate were sufficient for the US Embassy in Ankara. We retrieved the birth certificate and police report online through Turkey's e-government (e-devlet) website. Both documents have barcodes in the corner to prove that they are certified. Per Ankara's K1 interview instructions: "Birth certificates for Turkey are called “Nufus Kayit Ornegi”. Please provide an original." However, it does not say whether the birth certificate from the e-government website constitutes an "original." Furthermore, according to https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Visa-Reciprocity-and-Civil-Documents-by-Country/Turkey.html, birth certificates can be obtained through, "General Directorate of Civil Registration and Citizenship (Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü) and e-Government website." Has anyone gone to the interview with the birth certificate and police certificate that were obtained from the online website? My fiance went to the Family Registry Office this morning, but they told him they could not issue birth certificates for visa purposes. Thank you for the help!
  20. Hello guys, Today my visa was issued finally after a hard / unique / long visa journey, and the reason why i'm writing this thread is to share my particular case because it can be helpful for others who might have a similar situation like mine. I posted my first thread one year ago, Help me please, can we get married before ds260, i didn't know anything about the procedures of diversity visa back then, some people told me to avoid getting married because it can decrease the chances of your visas getting approved, they told me to wait for her to get there and she can later petition for you, but we didn't want to be separated like that, we were about to get married anyways here, so we decided to get married and hope for the best, also your replies were really important to us to take that decision. + we got married, we filled DS260, waited for the confirmation letter, but no response from KCC, even tho we sent the required documents and we received the automatic reply, in January we called KCC, they told us that they didn't receive anything, and they advised us to send a new email again, 3 days later we got the confirmation email, so, if someone doesn't receive his confirmation email, you got to call them to check. + our case number is 12k, we received the appointment date late, it was 16th of April, the interview went smooth, but the consular told us that we're missing a document, and told us that we're going to have a second interview, you can read the whole thing in this thread i think i have a rare case, it was rare, because I've never heard of something like that, so basically my wife was born in 95 and was registered in 2002, they wanted a justification for this delay of birth registration, we brought an affidavit from the place where her birth was registered. + fast forward, they fixed another appointment which was a second interview, it was in 30th of May, we went there and waited 3 hours, until the room was empty, they called us in different counters, they asked us questions about the relationship that every genuine couple could answer. + and finally, today the visa was issued, i'm really happy we finally overcame this full year of stress and frustration, i hope this thread would help someone because i know the mental and physical sufferings we went through, thanks to Jojo92122, and SusieQQQ for their help, and i thank everyone who helped me and didn't mention !
  21. Hello all! My Fiancé (England) was adopted at the age of 2 1/2 and in foster care as a young infant. We have tried numerous times to track down his ORIGINAL birth certificate but have been unsuccessful. We have requested the original from the GRO, they had nothing. I have included a copy of his adoption decree as well as the new birth certificate he was issued at the time of adoption. Neither of these documents have his ORIGINAL name, only the name given to him from his adoptive parents. It has been suggested that I write a brief letter explaining why I am unable to obtain his original, I’m concerned this will lead to an immediate denial. Anybody have any ideas on how I can obtain his birth certificate (is it really possible that there’s no way!?) or any tips on what I should include in the brief explanation? Thank you so much.
  22. Hey y'all My birth certificate is in Danish, I've read somewhere that you need to have it officially translated if foreign. Is there any USCIS approved specific website for that? (I assume some random person cant go ahead and translate it and call it a day) Thanks in advance for the help as usual! Kind regards, Fornbey
  23. So my Birth Certificate is in Danish but I found out that I can get it in English too. If its in English I assume everything is good, but does it HAVE to be photocopied? Can I send it electronically to my Wife and have her print it? Thanks for the help.
  24. I orginally applied for the K1 visa with my fiancee's birth certificate information. Her middle name is Margarita on her birth certificate and middle name on the passport is spelled Magarita. When she applied for her passport the Government of Colombia knowingly put the wrong name and would not change it because it was also mispelled on her I.D. The application is left USCIS, left NVC, and now at the Embassy. It is time for me to fill the DS160 and I don't know what name to use. I applied with the name on the birth certificate but the passport is different and required for the DS160. Can anyone help me?
  25. Has anyone not had a birth certificate for a child that will follow to join for the Frankfurt consulate. My fiance is afraid he may have problems getting his child's birthcertificate from her country of birth. She is coming later and through a totally different country. Will it be a big problem if he turns in his documents without the birth certificate for a child who will not travel with him? I would like a response from anyone with direct or known experience with this particular issue. No guesses please
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