IR and F Visa Application Translation Requirements for Guatemalan Nationals

According to the U.S. Department of State, Guatemalan nationals applying for family reunification visas to the U.S. must ensure that all the necessary documentation is available in English. If the original documents are in Spanish, they need to be accompanied by a certified English translation.



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Documents Required for Guatemala

Based on the guidance from the U.S. Department of State, here are the primary requirements for family reunification visas:

  • Birth certificates

  • Marriage certificates or documents indicating marital status. If there have been previous marriages, this may also include divorce papers or death certificates.

  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

  • Evidence of the U.S. petitioner's citizenship, which could be in the form of a U.S. passport, birth certificate, naturalization document, or certificate of citizenship

  • Police certificates or records of any criminal activity, if relevant

  • An affidavit of financial support or proof showcasing the U.S. petitioner's ability to financially back the beneficiary


Additional documentation that the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Guatemala might request based on individual circumstances.

Translator Qualifications

As per information from the U.S. Department of State, while translators who are tasked with creating certified English translations are not explicitly required to have a specific certification, they must be adept in the legalities of both Spanish and English. Accompanying the translation, a statement from the translator is necessary, asserting their proficiency in the two languages and the accuracy of the translation.

Certification Requirements

Based on the U.S. Department of State guidelines, for every translated document, a declaration from the translator should be appended. This should emphasize the translator's competence in both Spanish and English and affirm the translation's authenticity. Though Guatemala is not part of the Hague Apostille Convention, certain documents might require an apostille. Notarization of specific documents may also be mandated. 

Guatemalan nationals are encouraged to liaise with the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala for the most current and pertinent information.

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This guide provides a general overview, and for specific, accurate, and detailed advice, consulting directly with the relevant institutions or migration experts is essential. For more detailed information, contact the US Embassy in Guatemala.