According to the U.S. Department of State, applicants for family reunification visas from China to the U.S. must provide all required documentation in English. If the original documents are in Chinese or any other language, they must be accompanied by certified translations in English.
As per the U.S. Department of State's family reunification visa guidelines, here are the primary documents required:
Marriage certificates or proofs of marital status. This can include divorce decrees or death certificates if there were previous marriages.
Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative.
Proof of the U.S. petitioner's citizenship status, such as a U.S. passport, birth certificate, naturalization certificate, or certificate of citizenship.
Any criminal records or police certificates, if applicable.
Affidavit of financial support or evidence demonstrating the U.S. petitioner's capability to support the beneficiary financially.
Other specific documentation that the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in China may request based on individual circumstances.
Based on information from the U.S. Department of State, the translators, while required to produce certified English translations, do not necessarily have to hold specific certifications. However, they must be competent in both Chinese and English. The translation should be accompanied by a statement from the translator, asserting their proficiency in both languages and the accuracy of the translation.
According to the U.S. Department of State, for each translated document, it should be paired with a signed declaration from the translator. This declaration should vouch for the translator's proficiency in both Chinese and English and the authenticity of the translation. Unlike some countries, China is not a signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention, so an apostille may not be required. However, notarization of certain documents might be necessary.
Chinese nationals should engage with the U.S. Embassy in China for the most accurate and specific requirements applicable to their case.
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