Do you need to certify a copy of your documents through the local USCIS office? Do you need to obtain an apostille on Form G-24 or on a certified copy of your Certificate of Naturalization?
USCIS Form G-24 is issued by the Department of Homeland Security – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. If the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. has rejected your Certificate of Naturalization or you would like to send in a certified copy instead of the original to our Washington, D.C. apostille office, you will need to contact the local USCIS office to certify a copy of your document.
When a naturalized US citizen needs to have a Certificate of Naturalization “authenticated” by the U.S. State Department for use in a foreign country, the local USCIS can copy the document and certify it as a true copy. “Authentication” is a term used by the U.S. Department of State and other Governments to describe what USCIS refers to as Certified True Copies. When you require a Certificate of Naturalization to be authenticated, be sure to use the term “Certified True Copy.”
If you have the original document to be certified, you must make an appointment with your local USCIS office by using the InfoPass Appointment Scheduler. When you go to your appointment, be sure to bring your original naturalization certificate and a copy of it. Also bring another form of photo identification, such as a drivers license or passport. A USCIS officer will review the documents and may certify the copy, if the officer can confirm your identity and status as a naturalized citizen.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will provide Certified True Copies and return these along with the supplied documentation to the requester. USCIS cannot act as an agent of the U.S. Department of State by accepting fees on behalf of other government agencies, or forwarding documentation to any other government agency. All documentation coming from a requester, along with any documentation supplied by the Department of Homeland Security, will be returned to the requester.
Here is an example of a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form G-24 Certification of Documents from the Department of Homeland Security.
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