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My wife and I are not avid photo takers. I know it is standard to send some pictures as a part of I-751 packet. I have my documentation ready but have questions about pictures.

1. How many pictures do people usually send / what is the norm ?

2. Should the pictures go back to engagement / wedding or just be for the last two years ?

3. Do you just send the pictures as is or should you write behind each picture what it was for ?

4. Most of our pics are solo or just the two of us. Would that be a problem ?

07/24/2010 - I-751 papers sent to CSC - Day 1

07/29/2010 - USPS confirms delivery - Day 6

08/03/2010 - Check Cashed but no NOA - Day 11

08/05/2010 - NOA ( Receipt Date 08/02/2010) - Day 13

08/23/2010 - BIO - Day 31

09/07/2010 - Card Production Ordered Email - Day 45

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Actually, pictures are just a choice for applicants to send and not a requirement... if you do not wish to send them in, I don't see that will be a problem.

However, here are the answers to your questions.

The recommendation is to send pictures that go back for two years, which is what USCIS is interested in. Personally, we included some pictures from the day we met (which was 3 years prior to the GC). People get creative about how to include the pictures, but we printed 4 pictures per event and we narrowed it down to 20 events. We printed the 4 pictures on a 8.5x11 and placed a title for the event (example: wedding, or trip to San Fransisco) and each picture had a caption (example: Picture taken at the Golden Gate Bridge). If there were people, it is key to mention who they are in the picture (example: [husband's] father, mother, sister, [wife], etc...) to bring the human element into the picture. If you wish to send pictures, then it is good to write captions on the back so the reviewing officer can get an idea what he/she is looking at.

It is very important to include pictures that show the both of you... solo pictures mean nothing to the RO. They want to establish confidence in your marriage based on what they are looking at, and if the pictures are solo, then they will be less convincing.

Hope this helps.

N-400 Naturalization Timeline

06/28/11 .. Mailed N-400 package via Priority mail with delivery confirmation

06/30/11 .. Package Delivered to Dallas Lockbox

07/06/11 .. Received e-mail notification of application acceptance

07/06/11 .. Check cashed

07/08/11 .. Received NOA letter

07/29/11 .. Received text/e-mail for biometrics notice

08/03/11 .. Received Biometrics letter - scheduled for 8/24/11

08/04/11 .. Walk-in finger prints done.

08/08/11 .. Received text/e-mail: Placed in line for interview scheduling

09/12/11 .. Received Yellow letter dated 9/7/11

09/13/11 .. Received text/e-mail: Interview scheduled

09/16/11 .. Received interview letter

10/19/11 .. Interview - PASSED

10/20/11 .. Received text/email: Oath scheduled

10/22/11 .. Received OATH letter

11/09/11 .. Oath ceremony

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Personally, I decided to include just 10. I'm very critical of pictures and how I look in them lol.

I'm gonna print them in color on regular 8.5 x 11 paper, 2 per page. They're just of the two of us for the most part over the course of our relationship (I don't think you can really tell the time pictures are taken unless you have timestamps on them). I think it's just more important to see you both over time, with different clothes, in different locations and different hairstyles (just to show an evolving relationship).

I tried to pick the most decent, subdued pictures cuz we're both young and can be kind of scandalous lol.

Removing Conditions

07/31/2010 - Filed for Removal of Conditions (I-751)

08/02/2010 - ROC Packet received

08/03/2010 - NOA notice date for I-751

08/05/2010 - Check cashed

08/07/2010 - NOA received for I-751

08/13/2010 - Biometrics appointment letter received

09/01/2010 - Biometrics taken

09/01/2010 - Case status appears online

11/08/2010 - Card production ordered

11/13/2010 - I-751 Approval Letter received

11/19/2010 - Green Card received in the mail


08/01/2011 - Filed for Citizenship (N-400)

08/03/2011 - N400 Packet received

08/05/2011 - Received email/text confirming application receipt

08/08/2011 - Check cashed

08/09/2011 - Biometrics notice sent

08/12/2011 - NOA received for N400

08/12/2011 - Biometrics appointment letter received

08/29/2011 - Biometrics taken

08/31/2011 - Case Status Notification: Placed in line for interview scheduling

10/11/2011 - Received yellow letter

01/11/2012 - Interview letter sent

01/17/2012 - Interview letter received

02/16/2012 - Interview & received Oath letter

03/06/2012 - Oath ceremony

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Thank you guys for the reply :-)

07/24/2010 - I-751 papers sent to CSC - Day 1

07/29/2010 - USPS confirms delivery - Day 6

08/03/2010 - Check Cashed but no NOA - Day 11

08/05/2010 - NOA ( Receipt Date 08/02/2010) - Day 13

08/23/2010 - BIO - Day 31

09/07/2010 - Card Production Ordered Email - Day 45

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I did something similar to Heliospan - two color photos per page with captions, including date, location, and identifying people in the photos. I did about one per quarter of the last two years, which included two Christmases, some birthdays, us at a wedding, and one of us with our dog - 11 in total.


10/23/2006 - I-129F approved (97 days from CSC)


03/03/2007 - Married!

03/14/2007 - I-485 + I-765 sent

03/21/2007 - NOA1, Checks cashed

06/01/2007 - EAD card production e-mail received (74 days)

07/27/2007 - EAD RECEIVED (57 days after approval)

11/29/2007 - Infopass appointment - file was sent to a storage facility before it was finished processing.

05/28/2008 - Received AOS Interview notice

07/10/2008 - AOS Interview-APPROVED pending fingerprints

09/22/2008 - GREEN CARD IN HAND!

Removing Conditions

06/04/2010 - Sent I-751

06/07/2010 - NOA1

06/09/2010 - Check cashed

07/22/2010 - Biometrics Appointment

09/08/2010 - Card production e-mail

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