IR and F Visa Application Translation Requirements for Salvadoran Nationals

According to the U.S. Department of State, nationals from El Salvador applying for family reunification visas to the U.S. must ensure that all necessary documentation is provided in English. If the original documents are in Spanish, they must be paired with a certified English translation.

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Documents Required for El Salvador

As per the guidelines from the U.S. Department of State for family reunification visas:

  • Birth certificates.

  • Marriage certificates or proof of marital status. If there are any previous marriages, this might also include divorce decrees or death certificates.

  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative.

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

  • Police certificates or any criminal records, if applicable.

  • An affidavit of financial support or documents that show the U.S. petitioner's capability to financially support the beneficiary.


Other documents that the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in El Salvador might request based on specific cases.

Translator Qualifications

Based on information from the U.S. Department of State, translators tasked with producing certified English translations do not necessarily have to be officially certified. However, they must be proficient in both Spanish and English. Alongside the translation, a statement from the translator is necessary, attesting to their proficiency in both languages and verifying the accuracy of the translation.

Certification Requirements

According to the U.S. Department of State, for every translated document, there should be an accompanying statement from the translator. This declaration should verify the translator's expertise in both Spanish and English and confirm the authenticity of the translation. As El Salvador is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, certain documents may need an apostille. The notarization of specific documents may also be required. 

For the most recent and relevant details, Salvadoran nationals are encouraged to consult with the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador.

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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 El Salvador.