According to the U.S. Department of State, visa applicants are generally required to submit documents in English. If documents are in German or another language, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
Based on information from the U.S. Department of State, here are the primary requirements for J visa applications:
Marital status documents if applicable: marriage certificates, divorce decrees, death certificate of spouse, etc.
DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status
Proof of financial sustainability indicating that the applicant has enough funds for their stay in the U.S.
A comprehensive letter from the sponsoring U.S. entity describing the purpose, duration, and nature of the exchange program
Additional documents that the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Germany might specify based on the individual application.
As per the U.S. Department of State's regulations, the translator responsible for the certified English translation doesn't necessarily need a specific certification. Said translator must only be competent enough to accurately translate from German to English. Additionally, the translation should be accompanied by a statement from the translator attesting to their proficiency in both languages and the accuracy of their translation.
Based on the guidelines of the U.S. Department of State, each translated document should be appended with a statement from the translator. This statement should affirm the translator's proficiency in German and English and verify the accuracy of the translation. Germany is a signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention; hence, for documents that need higher levels of authentication, an apostille might be necessary. This can be obtained from the competent authority in the German state where the document was issued.
For the most accurate and updated information tailored to specific situations, German nationals should always consult directly with the appropriate U.S. Embassy in Germany or immigration experts.
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