Translation of German Documents for US Immigration

Translation of German Documents for US Immigration

German birth certificate translation

Do I need to translate my non-English documents into English for USCIS?

Yes, all documents that are not in English must be accompanied by an English translation. The documents must be translated in their entirety, and the layout must be reproduced in the translation.

Can I translate my own legal documents for USCIS?

No, you cannot translate your own documents such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, passports, etc., that are to be submitted for immigration purposes.

Who can translate a birth certificate for immigration purposes?

Any qualified person can translate your documents into English for submission to USCIS, emphasis on qualified. However, since there are certain rules to follow and since the documents need to be accompanied by a certificate of accuracy, it is highly recommended to use a professional translator. You don’t want to hold up your immigration proceedings on a technicality, such as a translation error.

If you need your legal documents to be translated from German to English, I can help. I am an ATA-certified translator and have translated these kinds of documents in the past.

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ATA-certified translator from German into English

Do legal documents for USCIS have to be notarized?

Can a notary public translate foreign documents?

If the documents are submitted within the US, the documents do not have to be notarized. The exception is if the documents are submitted from outside the US, such as via a US embassy or consulate, then the documents have to be notarized.

How much does it cost to translate a birth certificate from German to English?

I charge $35/page for most documents (up to 300 words per page) for standard German to English translation including certificate of accuracy and shipping within the US. Express services are available for a rush surcharge. Get your free quote now!

How can I get my official documents translated from German to English?

Visit my page on the translation process for official certified German to English translation services and get your free quote. I can handle most official German, Austrian, and Swiss (German) documents.

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Carola F Berger


Carola F. Berger is a German-English patent translator with a PhD in physics and a master’s degree in engineering physics. She is ATA certified for translation from German into English and from English into German and owns and operates CFB Scientific Translations LLC. Carola serves as webmaster on the NCTA Board of Directors and is also the Administrator of ATA’s Science and Technology Division.

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