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Hello all, I am very close to finishing the petition for the K-1 visa. One of the last things that I needed help clarifying is with the passport photo for the beneficiary. 


When I was in Vietnam my fiance went and took passport style photos before I returned to the US. The photos are 4 x 6 cm. We had asked specifically if they had 5.1 x 5.1 which they did not at several shops and we opted to go with what they had. 


After searching through this forum and other areas on the internet I'm still not sure if 4 x 6 cm is acceptable as some say they received RFEs and others got all the way through the interview without any issues. 

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If you have a computer and printer at home you can scan the 4x6 you have and crop it to a square photo then size it to 5.1 by 5.1 CM


If you have no printer at home that can do this, go to a nearby Staples and they can do it for you with these instructions.  Print to glossy photo paper and cut afterwards.  Passport photos are a freaking ripoff at cvs or walgreens.  I've done it myself through K1 (completed) and now AOS and no RFE yet.


DO NOT send the 4x6 its not worth the RFE and additional wait time for something so easily fixed.


ALSO obviously make sure the face is positioned to the regulations



Edited by Hoa Nguyen

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Honestly this is the kind of thing that depends on how picky the person is that reviews your petition. Some people get RFEs for new passport photos for this reason and some don't. The impression I have gotten is if it meets all of the other requirements and is at least somewhat close to U.S. size, they will accept it. 


The passport photos I sent with my I-29F were not U.S. size (they were the standard size in Australia, where my fiance is from). We did not receive an RFE for this. However, it is always better to give them exactly what they ask for. If I'd been as informed as I am now, I wouldn't have risked it with our Petition.


You can also take passport photos yourself and/or resize the ones you've got to the correct size as long as they meet the rest of the passport requirements.

Edited by beloved_dingo

K1 to AOS                                                                               AOS/EAD/AP

03/01/2018 - I-129F Sent                                                   06/17/2019 - NOA1 Date (website)

03/08/2018 - I-129F NOA1 (new site)                              06/19/2019 - NOA1 Date (hard copy)
09/14/2018 - I-129F NOA2                                                 07/11/2019 - Biometrics

10/16/2018 - NVC Received                                               12/13/2019 - EAD/AP Approved

10/21/2018 - Packet 3 Received                                       12/17/2019 - Interview Scheduled

12/30/2018 - Packet 3 Sent                                               01/29/2020 - AOS interview - APPROVED! 

01/06/2019 - Packet 4 Received                                       02/04/2020 - Green Card Received! 

01/29/2019 - Interview Date - APPROVED!

02/05/2019 - Visa Received

05/17/2019 - U.S. Arrival

05/24/2019 - Married ❤️ 

06/14/2019 - Mailed AOS Packet

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There's an app for that!


There are plenty of apps that allows you to make 6 passport pictures for pennies.  You simply pay for a 4x6 inch print at any photo developer.  



1.  Use Google Photoscan to scan in the 4x6 cm photo.

2.  Use a passport app to get the head size right.

3.  Print a 4x6 inch print containing six 2x2 passport photo at CVS for about a quarter.  

Edited by aaron2020

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YMMV with Walgreens/CVS/Rite Aid.  Usually if they have to make any alterations to your file at all they will charge you the full passport price like if you were to go in there to take a photo.  Go to Staples...people there go out of their way to save you money.

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