Birth Certificates

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What Does USCIS Require in a Birth Certificate Translation?

If you’re applying for U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, or a visa, you’ll likely need to provide various documents to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). One crucial document is your birth certificate, especially if it was issued in a language other than English. We assure you of the following when you request a translation of your birth certificate for USCIS.

For your birth certificate translation to be accepted by USCIS, it must meet specific standards:

  1. Accuracy: The translation must be a precise and complete reflection of the information on the original document.
  2. Certification: The translator must certify that they are competent to translate from the original language to English and that the translation is accurate. This certification must include:
    • The translator’s name and signature.
    • The date of the translation.
    • The translator’s contact information.

USCIS does not generally require notarization of the translation, but it must be certified to be considered valid.

How to Get Your Birth Certificate Translated for USCIS

Given the importance of accuracy and certification, it’s advisable to use a professional translation service that understands USCIS requirements. Here are the steps to ensure your birth certificate is correctly translated for USCIS purposes:

  1. Select a Reputable Translator: Choose a translation provider who offers USCIS-compliant services. These providers will know the specific requirements and ensure that the translations meet all the necessary criteria.
  2. Provide a Clear Copy of Your Birth Certificate: Ensure that the copy of your birth certificate you submit for translation is clear and legible. This helps prevent any errors in the translation process.
  3. Review the Translation: Once you receive the translated document, check it for accuracy against the original. Look for correct translations of names, places, and dates, which are crucial for USCIS applications.
  4. Obtain Certification: Ensure the translation comes with the necessary certification statement. Keep this with your translated document when submitting your application to USCIS.

Conclusion

Having your birth certificate properly translated and certified is vital for any USCIS application involving proof of identity and nationality. By ensuring your translation meets USCIS standards, you’ll help streamline your application process, avoiding delays and potential complications.

Common Questions about Translating Birth Certificates for USCIS

Do I Need a Notarized Translation for USCIS?

No, USCIS requires only a certified translation, not a notarized one. The key is the certification statement by the translator.

Can I Translate my Own Birth Certificate for USCIS?

USCIS generally does not accept translations done by the applicants themselves or their family members. It’s recommended to use a professional translator to avoid any issues with the acceptance of the document.

How Long Does it Take to Translate a Birth Certificate?

The time can vary depending on the translation service provider. However, many agencies offer expedited services if you need your translation quickly. We offer certified birth certificate translations delivered in as low as 12 hours.

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