How to translate a birth certificate for USCIS

If you're going through the immigration process to the United States, you can expect quite a bit of paperwork - from forms to document collection. One vital document required for nearly everyone is a birth certificate. Often in a foreign language, we'll look into how to translate a birth certificate for USCIS.

Photo of Ian Hawes Written by Ian Hawes
Published on November 22, 2023
12 minute read
  1. Choose a Translator or Translation Service:

    Select a translator or service specialized in immigration translations, ensuring they have a proven track record of acceptance by US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

  2. Get a Quote and Time Estimate:

    Inquire about the cost and how long the translation will take. Factors influencing these include the document's length, format, language pair, certification requirement, and urgency. Typically, translating a birth certificate takes 24 to 72 hours.

  3. Send Your Birth Certificate Electronically:

    Provide a digital copy of your birth certificate to your chosen translation provider, along with your contact information, the original document’s language, and the desired language for the translation.

  4. Review of the Completed Translation:

    Once translated, you will want to review the translated birth certificate for accuracy. Once approved, you'll receive the translated version electronically and, if needed, physical copies by mail.


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