We got married a year ago. My wife is US citizen. We applied for adjustment of status for me. I'm a Turkish Citizen. Our interview is in 15 days. I was going through the list of required document for the interview. I saw they want my birth certificate again. I do not have any copy or original one. When I sent all my documents for the application I sent my original birth certificate of me. I'm going to bring my my EAD card my passport and all the other documents they asked for. My question is if I don't bring my birth certificate is it going to cause any problem? The closest Turkish embassy is in LA and I live in San Francisco. Is it really worth it to do this trip? Or if I explained the situation is that fine? Cause I already submit one.
If you do not have it at the interview, there's a good chance they will issue a Request for Evidence requiring you to bring it in, resulting in delays. Ask yourself whether the risk of further delay is more than the cost to you in time and money to obtain a new original from your embassy? You'll need it again in the near future, anyway. As a side note: always send copies and not originals unless Immigration specifically requires an original document. It's nearly impossible to get them back once Immigration has them. Also, always retain copies of exactly what you've sent them for your records. Best of luck to you!
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I agree with my colleague above. The officer wants to confirm that the copies you sent in are actually valid and official documents.
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You are not to submit originals to the USCIS. List of documents stated on the interview notice is a generic list. Retain an attorney to accompany you at the interview to avoid delays in processing.
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