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Submit 2x2 Original Photographs or Photocopies to NVC? (Part of IV Packet)

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Hello Everyone,

About to send out the AOS and IV packets for an F3 application and confused with the following:

NVC asks for the photocopy of each document when submitting the IV packet. However, they don't mention if they want the sender to mail actual 2x2 photographs along with it. I noticed some folks who have electronic applications were scanning and sending their 2x2s whereas others were submitting the physical pictures.

Here is the link which includes a drop down for each document that must be either brought to the interview and or if it requires a photocopy to be sent to the NVC:


In the case of the photographs it only says the following:

You and each family member accompanying you must obtain two identical 2 x 2 inch (51 x 51 mm) color photographs. The photographs must meet the Department of State’s Photograph Requirements.

So...should I be sending the actual 2x2s or only send the photocopies? (I have to fedex the actual 2x2s from my family in India)

Any help is appreciated!

(I have to mail the IV packet, don't qualify for submitting it electronically).


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real photographs with the names written in English on the back.

Hey there,

Thanks! Another question...will they still need to bring another set of photographs during the interview at the embassy/consulate too?

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