My mom is trying to sponsor my 90y/o grandmother for a green card (as a parent of US citizen). Grandma was born in Somalia. There's no birth certificate, no living witnesses for an affidavit of birth, no other records. Can my grandma still get her green card? She immigrated to Canada as a refugee 20 years ago. She doesn't have any refugee documents either, just her Canadian passport. What else can be provided? Her own affidavit? Grandma is in the US now, visiting.
Hard to say. You need to comply with the requirements of producing a birth certificate or substitutes as listed in the reciprocity table the US DOS maintains for the country of birth.
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1. Go back to Canada at the end of this TEMPORARY visit.
2. Go to Canadian immigration and request a copy of her file.
3. Process the I-130 in the US and then a DS-260 (NOT an I-485) in Canada.
Hire an attorney, don't try to do this w/o professional assistance.
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It will be a battle. That being said, the Boston USCIS office is usually understanding in these situations, assuming you make every effort to comply with the requirements. Your mom needs an experienced immigration attorney to help her with this case.
An original birth certificate is required. I would recommend composing a thorough affidavit to explain its absence.
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