Hi. We have recently submitted both I-485 and I-130 to get my wife's mother legalized in the US (she has been here for a few years on a guest visa). Today, we have received a letter from USCIS requesting a copy of her birth certificate. The problem is that she was born in 1936 and all her documents were lost during the war. She has a passport, but no papers that show her parents' names. Could you please recommend what options, if any, we have at this point? Thank you.
What country is she from?
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You can obtain a certificate of Non-Availability from the registry office in her country.
You will also need to submit secondary evidence such as
1. Affidavits from family member who was there at the time of birth.
2. Baptismal certificate that contains the date and place of birth and names of birth parents (or other religious documents).
3. School records confirming the date of birth.
I agree with my colleagues.
You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts and advise you accordingly.
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