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Filed: F-3 Visa Country: Pakistan
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1. Summary. The National Visa Center (NVC) will cease collecting original civil documents in
support of immigrant visa (IV) applications as of November 12, 2014.
Most applicants will be
required to submit photocopies of supporting documents (such as birth, marriage, and police
certificates) and will be instructed to take their original documents to their interviews for review.
This does not include Affidavit of Support forms, which petitioners will still submit to NVC for
initial evaluation. End Summary.
New Instructions to Applicants

2. After applicants and petitioners collect the Affidavit of Support form(s), financial evidence,
and supporting civil documents, they are instructed to submit all of the documents to NVC. As of
November 12, 2014
, applicants at non-electronic processing posts will be instructed to submit
photocopies of their civil documents by mail. NVC will review the copies and, when the case is
documentarily complete, will place the copies into the file, which will be sent to post, increasing
the number of cases that are documentarily qualified. When the appointment is scheduled, NVC
will instruct applicants to bring their original documents to the interview for evaluation and final
case processing. Original Affidavit of Support forms will still be submitted to NVC for initial
evaluation. Applicants at designated electronic processing posts will continue to submit their
documents via email.

3. NVC anticipates this change will maintain the integrity of the IV process, reduce customer
wait times, and improve the customer experience overall.
UNCLASSIFIED 14 STATE 130716

http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/policy_updates/National%20_Visa_Center_No_Longer_Collecting_Original_Civil_Documents_November_2014.pdf


FB-3 Visa
I-130 NOA1 : 2003-10-04
I-130 Approved : 2011-03-22
NVC Received : 2014-01-29
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-01-29
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-05-13
Submit DS-261 : 2014-05-19
Receive IV Bill : 2014-01-29
Pay IV Bill : 2014-05-11
Send IV Package : 2014-10-09
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2015-01-02
Case Completed at NVC : 2014-12-09
Packet 4 Received : 2015-01-02
Interview Date : 2015-02-25

VISA ISSUED : 2015-02-26

Green Card Fee (USCIS ElIS) : 2015-03-08

Entry US 2015-06-06

Social Security Card 2015-06-09

Green Card 2015-07-06

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Can i still send original documents coz all original documents are with me here in the USA and my wife lives abroad

Please read what's the new policy - no, you can't. Original documents are now brought by the applicant to the visa interview.


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Filed: F-3 Visa Country: Pakistan
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Can i still send original documents coz all original documents are with me here in the USA and my wife lives abroad

You have to send the photocopies of all documents but be sure that all the photocopies are attested by issuing authority. At the time of interview your wife has the present the original documents.


FB-3 Visa
I-130 NOA1 : 2003-10-04
I-130 Approved : 2011-03-22
NVC Received : 2014-01-29
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-01-29
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-05-13
Submit DS-261 : 2014-05-19
Receive IV Bill : 2014-01-29
Pay IV Bill : 2014-05-11
Send IV Package : 2014-10-09
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2015-01-02
Case Completed at NVC : 2014-12-09
Packet 4 Received : 2015-01-02
Interview Date : 2015-02-25

VISA ISSUED : 2015-02-26

Green Card Fee (USCIS ElIS) : 2015-03-08

Entry US 2015-06-06

Social Security Card 2015-06-09

Green Card 2015-07-06

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Filed: IR-5 Country: Pakistan
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You have to send the photocopies of all documents but be sure that all the photocopies are attested by issuing authority. At the time of interview your wife has the present the original documents.

There is no such requirement to get the photocopies attested by issuing authority. Instructions are just to send photocopies and not the original documents.

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Filed: F-3 Visa Country: Pakistan
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There is no such requirement to get the photocopies attested by issuing authority. Instructions are just to send photocopies and not the original documents.

Last month when I submit photocopies of all documents, NVC response is attached.

______3 - BIRTH CERTIFICATE:_______________________________________

The document you submitted is not an original or certified copy of an original issued by the appropriate

government authority. The document must be an original, or a certified copy of the original, bearing the

original seal or stamp from the issuing authority.

______5 - MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE:____________________________________

The document you submitted is not an original or certified copy of an original issued by the appropriate

government authority. The document must be an original, or a certified copy of the original, bearing the

original seal or stamp from the issuing authority


FB-3 Visa
I-130 NOA1 : 2003-10-04
I-130 Approved : 2011-03-22
NVC Received : 2014-01-29
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-01-29
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-05-13
Submit DS-261 : 2014-05-19
Receive IV Bill : 2014-01-29
Pay IV Bill : 2014-05-11
Send IV Package : 2014-10-09
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2015-01-02
Case Completed at NVC : 2014-12-09
Packet 4 Received : 2015-01-02
Interview Date : 2015-02-25

VISA ISSUED : 2015-02-26

Green Card Fee (USCIS ElIS) : 2015-03-08

Entry US 2015-06-06

Social Security Card 2015-06-09

Green Card 2015-07-06

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Filed: IR-5 Country: Pakistan
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Last month when I submit photocopies of all documents, NVC response is attached.

______3 - BIRTH CERTIFICATE:_______________________________________

The document you submitted is not an original or certified copy of an original issued by the appropriate

government authority. The document must be an original, or a certified copy of the original, bearing the

original seal or stamp from the issuing authority.

______5 - MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE:____________________________________

The document you submitted is not an original or certified copy of an original issued by the appropriate

government authority. The document must be an original, or a certified copy of the original, bearing the

original seal or stamp from the issuing authority

The above requirement is for original document. Either it should be original or certified copy which ever you possess. Means original or certified copy of an original issued by the relevant authority are same. For photocopy it can be the photocopy of original or certified copy. Hope its clear.

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but if someone has already submitted the originals then what should he do at the time of interview ?

Thanks for asking this. I am caught in this situation too. I sent originals when they wanted originals. Now they want photocopies...

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Filed: FB-4 Visa Country: India
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Last month when I submit photocopies of all documents, NVC response is attached.

______3 - BIRTH CERTIFICATE:_______________________________________

The document you submitted is not an original or certified copy of an original issued by the appropriate

government authority. The document must be an original, or a certified copy of the original, bearing the

original seal or stamp from the issuing authority.

______5 - MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE:____________________________________

The document you submitted is not an original or certified copy of an original issued by the appropriate

government authority. The document must be an original, or a certified copy of the original, bearing the

original seal or stamp from the issuing authority

Its because you might have send just the xerox copy, if you send xerox copies take the time to notarize it, so it wont create an issue. I hope i made it clear.

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