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).
|(NOTARY SEAL)||(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.