he is going to the interview in africa but the application had been done here in the United States
Make sure he brings a certified copy or a original of his birth certificate so the correction can be made at the interview. You can also email the consulate's immigrant section and explain the problem to them.
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Do your best to correct the problem either before or at the interview
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He should bring his birth certificate to his interview.
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