What is a certified translation?
Any foreign language birth certificate, marriage certificate other document of evidentiary value that is submitted to USCIS or an immigration court in connection with an application or petition, must be accompanied by a Certified English Translation.
The Certified English Translation is a full English language translation which the translator has certified as complete and accurate, and that he or she is competent to translate from the foreign language into English. 8 CFR 103.2(b)(3).
While a translation by a certified translation service or certified translator, the translation may also be done by anyone who is competent in both English and the foreign language in which the document is expressed. The regulations do not require that the document be notarized.
Sample Certificate of Translation
An example of the certificate of translation follows.
CERTIFICATE OF TRANSLATION
I, [name of translator] declare that I am fluent in the English and [foreign e.g. Spanish] languages, and that the attached translation of [type 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
(typed/printed name of translator)
75 East Harmon Avenue Las Vegas Nevada 89109 USA
(full street address of translator)
(telephone number of translator)
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