A birth certificate, marriage certificate or any document in a language other than English, submitted to USCIS or an immigration court, must be accompanied by a Certified English translation.
What is a certified translation?
A birth certificate, marriage certificate or any document in a language other than English, submitted to USCIS or an immigration court, must be accompanied by a Certified English translation, i.e. a copy or original of the document must be accompanied by two things;
A translation into English (e.g. a birth certificate translation), and
A Certificate of Translation which must be signed by the translator and notarized by a notary public.
While the translations may be done by certified translation services or certified translators, the translations may also be done by applicants or beneficiaries when they are competent in both English and the foreign language in which the document is expressed.
Sample Certificate of Translation
An example of the certificate of translation follows. The form for acknowledgment of the notary will vary by state. The example has a form for acknowledgement for a Florida notary public.
CERTIFICATE OF TRANSLATION
“I, [name of translator] after being duly sworn upon oath, declare that I am fluent in the English and [foreign e.g. Spanish] languages, and that the attached translation of [name of document e.g. birth certificate], related to [applicant’s or beneficiary’s full name], the original of which is in the [foreign] language, is a complete and correct translation from the [foreign] language to English to the best of my knowledge and ability.”
Signature of translator: __________________________________________
Name of translator (Print name) :
Address of translator
Telephone number of translator
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me on this ______ day of _________________, 20__,
STATE OF FLORIDA
COUNTY OF ________
Sworn to (or affirmed) and subscribed before me this _____ day of _____, 20___, by (name of person making statement).
(Signature of Notary Public-State of Florida)
(Name of Notary Typed, Printed, or Stamped)
Personally Known ______ OR Produced Identification _______
Type of Identification Produced_______________________________________________
In closing, all documents filed with the USCIS or Immigration Court must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation.
The petition is the first step in the k1 visa process before the foreign fiancé applies for a k1 visa at a United States consulate. A U.S. citizen petitioner must first file a K1 visa petition for her foreign fiancé, the beneficiary. The petitioner will complete and sign form I-129F providing USCIS information about her including her criminal history, if any. She will also provide information about her foreign fiancé and child (ren), if any. The petitioner must send I-129F petition and supporting documents to USCIS. If the petitioner has not yet met her foreign fiancé she should plan her trip or their meeting with the supporting evidence in mind and gather the proper evidence of the relationship.
What is the K1 Visa Petition and how is it different from the K1 Visa Application?
The petition is the first step in the k1 visa process. A U.S. citizen petitioner must first file a K1 visa petition for her foreign fiancé, the beneficiary, at a USCIS office in the United States. The petitioner must complete and sign form I-129F providing USCIS information about her including her criminal history, if any. She will also provide information about her foreign fiancé and his child (ren), if any. The petitioner must send I-129F petition and supporting documents to USCIS. If the petitioner has not yet met her foreign fiancé she should plan her trip or their meeting with the supporting evidence in mind and gather the proper evidence of the relationship.
If USCIS approves the K1 visa petition of the U.S. citizen the beneficiary can then apply for a K1 visa at a U.S. consulate where he lives.
Documents for a persuasive K1 visa petition
Evidence of Petitioner’s U.S. Citizenship – front and back of U.S. Birth Certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship or Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Form FS-240 or all pages of a valid unexpired U.S. Passport.
Copy of evidence that the petitioner and fiancé have met in the past two (2) years.
Relationship letter – how the relationship started and developed and the circumstances of your face to face meeting within the last two (2) years.
Petitioner’s Letter of Intent to Marry – “Dear Sir/Madam, I [petitioner’s name], state that I am legally able and willing to marry [beneficiary’s name] and intend to do so within 90 days of her (his) arrival in the United States. Yours truly, Signature, Print Name and Date.
Beneficiary’s Letter of Intent to Marry – “Dear Sir/Madam, I [beneficiary’s name], state that I am legally able and willing to marry [petitioner’s name] and intend to do so within 90 days of my arrival in the United States. Yours truly, Signature, Print Name and Date.”
Divorce decree if either petitioner or beneficiary had earlier marriages.
Form G-325A and passport-style photograph for petitioner. Print name lightly on back of photograph.
Form G-325A and passport-style photograph for beneficiary. Print name lightly on back of photograph.
If the petitioner has ever been convicted any of any crimes specified in Form I-129F Part C she must give certified copies of court and police records showing the charge and disposition (e.g. sentence, community service, probation, dismissal).The petitioner must do this even if her records are sealed or she was told that she no longer has a record.
Evidence of an ongoing relationship. These include
Affidavits of persons with personal knowledge of the relationship (e.g. parents of the petitioner or beneficiary)
Photographs (dated) showing the couple together that tells the story of their relationship using pictures.
Correspondence between the parties – copies of e-mails, letters, telephone bills to prove an ongoing relationship
Receipts for engagement ring or major gift between the parties. An engagement ring is not required but it maybe more persuasive to prove that the relationship is genuine and that the couple intends to marry.
Receipt of money transfers to or from fiancé, if any
Receipts for hotel stays in both names
Flight itinerary to met or visit fiancé – circle the dates. They must show that a meeting occurred within the last two (2) years of the petition date.
Copies of boarding passes (save these)
Passport entry and exist stamps for the country where your fiancé lives
Documentation of wedding plans (invitations and receipt for deposit on a reception hall)
Adoption record, court order, adoption record as evidence of any name change or use of multiple names. An explanation letter may also be proper where the use of different names by the same party could be confusing.
A petitioner must send I-129F filing fees and exact photocopies of unaltered documents. Any documents containing a foreign language are to be accompanied by a full English translation which the translator has certified as complete and correct.
Notice of Action
The USCIS will create an “A” file for the foreign fiancé once they receive the petition. A first Notice of Action is sent to the U.S. citizen acknowledging receipt. Then USCIS will next send a second Notice of Action indicating that it has approved the petition.
Approved K1 Petition sent to the U.S. consulate where the fiancé can apply for a K1 visa
USCIS will send the approved petition to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing. The NVC will send it to the U.S. embassy or consulate where the fiancé will apply for a K-1 visa. An approved K1 visa petition is valid for four months from USCIS action. The k1 visa application by the fiancé can now begin.
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Once the USCIS approves the k1 visa petition it will then send it to the National Visa Center for forwarding to the proper consular post. Once the consulate receives the petition it will issue a letter to you stating that the consulate is ready to begin processing your k 1 visa application.
The Consulate will send you a set of document often called Packet 3 in order it to process your case. Sometimes the Consulate will not include the above forms. Rather it will send a letter with the applicant’s case number and a visa sheet with step by step instructions on how to go ahead. If this is the case the applicant can download the forms from the consulate website and return them to the Consulate.
A k-1 visa is a single entry visa that permits admission of the fiancé (e) of a U.S. citizen, as a non-immigrant for 90 days to marry that U.S. Citizen and apply for adjustment of status (a green card). The minor unmarried children of the k1 beneficiary who go with or follow to join her are typically granted K2 visa status.
Your K-1 process begins when your U.S. Citizen fiancé(e) files Form I-129F on your behalf with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) district office responsible for where he or she lives or intends to live (if U.S. citizen is abroad).
Notice of Action
Once your fiancé (e) has received a notice of action you should begin assembling the relevant documents to support your application as some documents may take much time to get.
You should assemble the following documents in support of your application as some may take much time to get.
Passport(s) valid for travel to the United States – for you and any dependent children accompanying or following to join you.
Birth Certificate(s) – Obtain the original, certified copy of the birth record, or secondary evidence for each family member (yourself and all minor unmarried children) even if the children are not immigrating with you.
Evidence of the end of earlier marriages – final divorce decree, annulment or death certificate.
Police Certificates for each applicant aged 16 year and over. Obtain police certificates from the police authority where you live or any place where you have lived for 6 months since you have reached 16 years old.
Proof of relationship to the petitioner – gather your letters, dated photographs showing you together as a couple, affidavits from people with person knowledge of the relationship, e-mails, telephone bills, documentation of wedding plans and invitations. Airline tickets, visa stamps and receipt for the engagement ring may also be used
You should give accompanying certified English translations of all documents not in English, or in the official language of the country in which application for a visa is made. The translation must include a statement signed by the translator that states that the:
(i) Translation is correct, and
(ii) Translator is competent to translate.
Once the USCIS approves the petition it will then send it to the National Visa Center for forwarding to the proper consular post. Once the consulate receives the petition it will issue a letter to you stating that the consulate is ready to begin processing your k 1 visa application.
The Consulate will send you a set of document often called Packet 3 in order it to process your case. Sometimes the Consulate will not include the above forms. Rather it will send a letter with the applicant’s case number and a visa sheet with step by step instructions on how to go ahead. If this is the case the applicant can download the forms from the consulate website and return them to the Consulate. In Packet 3 should find:
K1 Visa Checklist Form IV-15
Form DS-230 Part I (Biographic Data) – You must complete and return this form immediately for the Consulate to process your case. Each person applying for a visa must complete biographic data Form DS-230- Part I, regardless of age. You may photocopy the form you received insufficient copies for each family member.
Form DS-156 in duplicate (non-immigrant visa application). If your unmarried children under 21 are accompanying you, two copies of Each Child must complete Form DS-156. Please do not sign this form. You must sign it in front of the consular officer on the day of your formal interview.
Form DS-156K in duplicate (Non-immigrant Fiancé (e) Visa Application). Please do not sign this form. You must sign it in front of the consular officer on the day of your formal interview.
Form DS-157 in duplicate (Supplemental Non-Immigrant Visa Application) – only required for men aged 16-45
Information sheet DS-2000 (Lists evidence which you or your fiancé (e) may present to meet the public charge provision of the law). Your fiancé (e) may file Form I-134 with supporting documentation.
Sometimes the Consulate will send information about scheduling a Medical Examination at this time.
Complete and send back the following forms to the Consulate:
Form DS-230-I (Part I only) for each person applying for a visa, regardless of age
Leave unsigned Forms DS-156
Leave unsigned Forms DS-156K
Form DS-157 (if applicable)
Form IV-15 -if required documents are already prepared.
If not already done so, assemble the relevant documents required in support of your application, and mark the documents off on Form IV-15 as you collect them. Do not send these documents to the Consulate.
Sign and date Form IV-15 and forward to the Consulate.
Upon receipt of the above documents, the Consulate will continue any extra processing and tell you about the scheduling of the medical interview and the appointment for the formal visa interview.
Schedule and have the Medical Examination. Arrange for a medical examination with one of the physicians listed on the attached visa instruction. You are responsible for the cost of the examination. A medical examination is also required for each child who will go with you.
Photographs – take Two (2) 2 x 2 Photographs for each applicant according to the specifications on the visa instruction sheet.
Attend scheduled interview with all your unmarried children under 21. Bring supporting documents such as evidence of your relationship to your U.S. citizen fiancé (e), two photographs for each applicant, birth certificates and final divorce decree if any to the k1 visa interview.
If approved, the Consulate may need you to pick up the passport with the visa from the Consulate later.
Sealed Packet – Do Not Open
Consular Officer will give you your passport(s) containing the K-1 visa (K-2) and a sealed packet containing the civil documents you provided, plus other documents prepared by the U.S. Consulate. It is important that you do not open the sealed packet. Only the DHS immigration official should open this packet when you enter the United States.
K1 Visa Validity
Do not finish arrangements for travel to the United States, dispose of properties, or quit your job until the consulate delivers the passport(s) with the k 1/k2 visas to you. A k1 visa is generally valid for six months. You must travel and apply for admission to the United States within that six month window.
After admission on your k1 visa you have 90 days to get married to your U.S. citizen fiancé (e) or leave the United States. The DHS will issue an entry document (Form I-94) to you (the k1 fiancé(e)) valid for 90 days. If you marry within 90 days, you can can apply to adjust your status to that of a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) through the filing of a Form I-485.