TN 33 (05-11)

GN 00301.370 Documents Not Requiring Referral to an Authorized Translator

You do not have to translate a foreign-language document if it falls in one of the categories listed below.

NOTE: If you question the relevancy of a document or record, resolve it by having the document or record translated.

A. Multi-lingual form

English is one of the languages used. See entries on the Calendar Month Translations exhibit located in GN 00307.185.

If the certifying official adds additional comments or remarks to the document, send it to an authorized translator for translation because the information may be material.

B. Foreign language version of an English language form

No translation is needed if all entries are only “yes,” “no,” or numbers, (e.g., Puerto Rican Spanish-language tax return, etc.).

C. Translation done by another government

We do not require another translation when translated by:

  • certain Veterans Administration (VA) offices in the Philippines;

  • certain U.S. Foreign Service Officers and U.S. Military (outside the U.S.); or,

  • an official of a foreign government using his or her seal of office.

For a definition on authorized translators, see GN 00301.340.


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GN 00301.370 - Documents Not Requiring Referral to an Authorized Translator - 05/05/2011
Batch run: 05/05/2011
Rev:05/05/2011