Mar 26, 2012, 8:31 PM
Post #16 of 17
It depends on which state you live in. Here, in Morelos, they have required translated copies of original bank statements for several years. They used to just require original untranslated bank statements. My work-around for that was to simply print the online bank statements. The pages are not numbered, but the printed copies do have the word “copy” on the upper right side.
I use white-out to cover the word copy, then scan them and print them again. There are usually four pages for each statement. I never print the last page, as it is nothing but advertisements for mortgages, insurance, etc. I fold the pages I have printed in thirds, so it will appear like they were in an envelope at one time.
I have only been questioned twice to ask if they were originals, both times by translators. I told the man I use now, that they are what the bank sends me, and they do look like copies. He laughed, and said that many banks are doing it that way now.
I used to use a court approved translator that charged me $200 Pesos per page to translate anything. I now use a facilitator that translates them at no extra cost. He only charges me $200 Pesos to renew my visa every year. He comes to my house at least twice. He brings his own wireless laptop and printer with him.
He has already printed a letter of solicitation to give to the immigration service, that I must sign, and makes any copies necessary. He takes that info to The INM office that day. He also tells me how many and what sized photos I need.
After telephoning me, he comes back a day or two later. I pay his fees and any fee required by the INM service. He takes me in his own car to the INM office, so they can take my fingerprints, and finish preparing my new visa card.
Can't beat it, it is cheap, and it beats the hell out of doing it by myself.
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