Can I Translate My Own Birth Certificate for Immigration Purposes?
Yes, my clients often do translate their own documents if they can certify that they are fluent in the language the document is written in and English. If your case is not suspected for some type of fraud for other reasons there will likely be no problem. If your case may get extra scrutiny you may ask someone who is not a part of the petition to make the certification of accuracy (you can still prepare the translation, your friend is merely certifying its accuracy).
There is no official certifying translation requirement. Therefore anyone who is fluent in the language of the document and English may certify a translation, even an interested party such as a petition or beneficiary. However it may be prudent to ask a someone with no stake in the outcome to establish objectivity.
Well, you got a No, a Yes, a No, and two implied Yesses but not advisable.
I agree with the latter.
Technically, there is nothing that says you cannot translate your own so long as you include a certified translation, but, as my colleagues note, you are an interested party so USCIS may not accept it. You should get someone else to do it. You do not need to pay a lot of money. Anyone fluent in English and the original language can do the translatio and include a statement certifying that they are fluent in both languages and that they did the translation to the best of their ability. They should include their name and address.
Anyone can technically create a certified translation so long as they are truly fluent in both languages. However, a translation from you, or someone close to you, will not be regarded as being as reliable as that created by a neutral third party. This is why many attorneys recommend that people use companies to draft the translations. In order to save money, some clients opt to have an unrelated friend perform the translation, certifying that they are fluent and that it is true and accurate.
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