IR and F Visa Application Translation Requirements for Haitian Nationals

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



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Documents Required for Haiti

Based on directives from the U.S. Department of State, the primary documents needed for family reunification visas include:

  • Birth certificates

  • Marriage certificates or documents indicating marital status. For individuals with previous marriages, this might also encompass divorce papers or death certificates.

  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative.

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

  • Police certificates or records of any criminal activity, if applicable.

  • An affidavit of financial support or evidence indicating the U.S. petitioner's financial capability to support the beneficiary.


Other documentation that the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Haiti might request based on individual considerations.

Translator Qualifications

As per information from the U.S. Department of State, while translators responsible for certified English translations aren't mandated to possess any specific certification, they must be proficient in both Haitian Creole (or French) and English. Attached to the translation should be a statement from the translator verifying their proficiency in both languages and vouching for the translation's accuracy.

Certification Requirements

Based on the U.S. Department of State guidelines, every translated document should have a statement from the translator. This should underline the translator's competency in both Haitian Creole (or French) and English and certify the authenticity of the translation. Though Haiti isn't a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, certain documents might necessitate an apostille. Some documents may also require notarization.


Haitian nationals are advised to consult with the U.S. Embassy in Haiti to acquire the most recent and relevant 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 Haiti.