What is a Certified Translation?

One of the most common questions we receive here at ImmiTranslate is, "what is a certified translation?".

In short, a certified translation is similar to a standard translation, but includes a signed & stamped attestation by the translator that the translation is complete and accurate to the best of their knowledge, and that the translator is competent in both the source language and the target language.

Technically, any translator can produce a certified translation, as there is no governing body behind certified translations. As a result, most organizations also require that the translator or translation company is an accredited member of a trade group, such as the American Translators Association.

One challenge faced by those that have a translation that has not been certified is that a translator should only certify a translation that they themselves have completed. For example, having a friend certify a translation that they had not in fact translated would be a false statement. Among the potential impacts of a rejected certified translation is a complete denial of a USCIS application, a rejection from a college admission, or another form of refusal based on the invalid translation.