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Can I Translate My Own Birth Certificate for Immigration Purposes?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that all foreign language documents are translated into English. One of the most common documents is your birth certificate. You need to provide a plain photocopy of the original document and its translation into English, which can be translated by a professional or anyone who is fluent both in English and your native language.

However, you cannot do it yourself if you are the petitioner or the beneficiary of this petition. Simply, can you translate your own birth certificate for immigration purposes? No.

You can hire a professional translator or you can ask someone who is confident enough in both languages to do an accurate translation from the original document. A translator must provide name, signature, address, and date of certification to comply with USCIS requirements.

A format for the certification that needs to appear on the translation, as suggested by USCIS is:


Certification by Translator

[typed name], certify that I am fluent (conversant) in the English and ________ languages, and that the above/attached document is an accurate translation of the document attached entitled ______________________________.

Signature
_________________________________
[Date]                                             [Typed Name]


To be complete, your birth certificate translation must contain the following information:

  • * Your complete name. All your names should be spelled out; initials are not sufficient
  • * Your date of birth (Day, Month, and Year)
  • * Your place of birth
  • * Names of both parents with all names spelled out
  • * Annotation by the authority indicating that this document is an extract from official records
  • * The name of the issuing office

Do I Need To Send The Original Birth Certificate?

USCIS no longer requires submission of original documents or “certified copies.” Instead, ordinary legible photocopies of your birth certificate will be acceptable for initial filing and approval of petitions and applications. But the translated document MUST be original.

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