According to the U.S. Department of State, documents that are originally in Spanish or any other language should be submitted alongside certified English translations. The translations must precisely reflect the content of the original documents, ensuring there are no omissions or alterations.
As per the U.S. Department of State's family reunification visa guidelines:
Marriage certificates or proofs of marital status, which may include divorce decrees or death certificates for 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 the Dominican Republic might request based on the applicant's unique circumstances.
Based on information from the U.S. Department of State, while certified English translations are required, the translators don't necessarily need to have an official certification. Nevertheless, they must be competent in both Spanish and English. The translation must be accompanied by a statement from the translator that vouches for the accuracy of the translation.
According to the U.S. Department of State, each translated document should be paired with a signed statement by the translator. This statement should certify the translator's fluency in both Spanish and English, as well as the authenticity of the translation. Given that the Dominican Republic is a signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention, certain documents may require an apostille.
Dominican Republic nationals should connect with the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic for the most current and specific requirements pertaining to their individual situation.
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