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Matt Nov 16th 2001 7:24 pm

I need to translate into English a document that certifies that I have a PhD degree.
I have heard contrasting opinions about who is entitled to certify that the
translation is accurate and complete:

- my company says that the translator MUST be someone OTHER than me, since I have an
interest in the issue. Some previos posts here seem also to imply that, or at least
that it is RECOMMENDED to have somebody else act as a translator.

- on the other hand, the INS doesn't seem to REQUIRE this, but just that the
translator (me or somebody else) declares that he/she is able to translate. So it
seems that I could be the translator.

Some people also told me that, if somebody else is the translator, the INS might
question my ability to translate, and that this may harm my application.

So, what is the standard/accepted practice ?? Thanks a lot.

Matt Nov 20th 2001 4:35 pm

I try again: could somebody please help with the question below?

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Alvena Ferreira Nov 20th 2001 4:49 pm

Matt wrote:
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[usenetquote2]> > I need to translate into English a document that certifies that I have a PhD[/usenetquote2]
[usenetquote2]> > degree. I have heard contrasting opinions about who is entitled to certify that[/usenetquote2]
[usenetquote2]> > the translation is accurate and complete:[/usenetquote2]
[usenetquote2]> > - my company says that the translator MUST be someone OTHER than me, since I have[/usenetquote2]
[usenetquote2]> > an interest in the issue. Some previos posts here seem also to imply that, or[/usenetquote2]
[usenetquote2]> > at least that it is RECOMMENDED to have somebody else act as a translator.[/usenetquote2]
[usenetquote2]> > - on the other hand, the INS doesn't seem to REQUIRE this, but just that the[/usenetquote2]
[usenetquote2]> > translator (me or somebody else) declares that he/she is able to translate. So[/usenetquote2]
[usenetquote2]> > it seems that I could be the translator. Some people also told me that, if[/usenetquote2]
[usenetquote2]> > somebody else is the translator, the INS might question my ability to[/usenetquote2]
[usenetquote2]> > translate, and that this may harm my application. So, what is the[/usenetquote2]
[usenetquote2]> > standard/accepted practice ?? Thanks a lot.[/usenetquote2]

According to the INS website, the translator needs only to be fluent in both
languages and to sign a statement to that effect. That being said, it is probably in
your best interest to have someone else do the translating. One can usually find such
individuals at local universities, perhaps churches, and the like. Some INS offices
might accept your translation, some might not. I personally would use someone else.

Alvena
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