When applying for a US visa, you need to provide supporting documentation as proof of your eligibility for a benefit to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). These documents are required to make a decision on your application. Examples of supporting documentation include birth certificates, marriage licenses, Permanent Resident Cards, etc. In most cases, it is enough if you present a copy of the original document and an original translation into English language if that document is written in a foreign language.
Here is a guide on when you will need to present regular copies or original documents.
In almost all cases, submit a photocopy of your supporting document to USCIS, unless specified in another way. Documents for which the copy is sufficient include:
If a document was issued solely to present it to USCIS, an applicant or petitioner must submit the original document. For example:
If you need to recover an original document
If you submitted an original document by mistake, don’t worry, you can submit Form G-884 to request to recovery of your original documents.
Simply put, no. Working with the USCIS, you will require certified translations. This is where Rev.com excels, providing a certification of every document translated. Neither a notarized translation nor an original copy is required when working with the USCIS; ordinary, legible, photocopies of documents translated are accepted. We’ll provide a PDF of your translated document via email.
To learn more about when USCIS requires original or copies of your documents, visit USCIS.gov: