Hendersonville, NC asked in Immigration Law for North Carolina

Q: If USCIS asks for original documents during my interview and all I have is copies, will that be acceptable?

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Monica E Rottermann
Monica E Rottermann
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Santa Ana, CA

A: I think it will depend on which documents and the reason for not having the originals with you at the interview. USCIS typically requests to see original birth and marriage certificates (among other documents) at interviews to compare them with the copies that were submitted and confirm that they are valid documents. If the original was lost and there is no way to obtain a certified copy etc. then you will likely need to explain that to the officer. However, if the original exists and there is a way for you to obtain it, you should do so, or the officer might request that you submit the original at a later time.

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