Instructions for Document Translation

Immigration MemosNovember 28, 2023

Instructions for Document Translation

All documents submitted to the USCIS must be written completely in English or be accompanied by an English translation. If you are fluent in English and the language of the original document, you may translate it yourself. You can also ask someone else who is fluent in both languages to assist. This person does not need to be a certified translator. Please see the instructions below to prepare a proper translation for USCIS purposes.

Start by typing an English translation of the complete document (all text on the original document must be translated). The translated document does not need to be formatted exactly like the original, but the translated text should be placed in the same general location on the page, with similar formatting, if possible. 

Once the document has been fully translated, copy and paste the “Certification by Translator” box below at the end of the document. Insert the relevant text in the brackets and don’t forget to sign and date the certification. The Certification by Translator should appear on the same page as the translation, if possible. 

Certification by Translator

I, [Insert name of translator here], certify that I am fluent in the English and [Insert name of foreign language here] languages, and that the above document is an accurate translation of the attached document entitled: [Insert the name of the document here].



[Insert translator name here]

[Insert translator address here]