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Hey everyone, im getting closer to finishing the I-129F Peition and it got me thinking of the passport photos.

So the Petition requires 2x Passport Photos each for petitioner and beneficiary.

As the case progresses, I will need more passport photos for the medical (i see mixed answers on how many but between 4 & 6), and then for the interview it requires another 2x. (phew!)

 

my question is, they are done in lots of 4 (most of the time) here in australia. so Do you think I can get bulk done at once and just use them as I need them? or best to get new ones s the case progresses because i know passport photos do have an "expiry" when being used for visas.

I entered the DV Lottery back in October 2018 so i still have the original 4 from there, do you think I can send them off with the petition? I dont look drastically different. Just more wrinkles and longer hair haha.

 

I hope that made sense. To sum up, can I use passport photos from like 10 months ago, and could I "buy in bulk"?

 

thank you!

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You can use the old ones, as they're not THAT old.

 

You'll need more photographs for the embassy stage and when you move to the US, for AOS. And another one for your fiancé to carry in his wallet. :P

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I’m not sure on the timeline for the visa and medical photos offhand, but the instructions for the I-129F state the photos should be taken within 30 days of filing the petition.

Edited by geowrian

Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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3 minutes ago, geowrian said:

I’m not sure on the timeline for the visa photos offhand, but the instructions for the I-129F state the photos should be taken within 30 days of filing the petition.

I did see that too. I just remember seeing someone else mention that if they havent changed much in appearance (drastic hair colour change etc.) it could stil be ok...

 

4 minutes ago, Allaboutwaiting said:

You can use the old ones, as they're not THAT old.

 

You'll need more photographs for the embassy stage and when you move to the US, for AOS. And another one for your fiancé to carry in his wallet. :P

Oh wow, i forgot about after america stage for AOS. And i dont think i would want my future husband to use a god awful passport photo for his wallet hahaha

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3 minutes ago, Fairy_Bliss said:

I did see that too. I just remember seeing someone else mention that if they havent changed much in appearance (drastic hair colour change etc.) it could stil be ok...

It could be fine and I’m sure many have done that without issue. At the same time, my advice would be to not deviate from the instructions.

Edited by geowrian

Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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The current instructions for the I-129F states:

 

"You must submit one color passport-style photograph of yourself and one color passport-style photograph of the

beneficiary taken within 30 days of filing this petition. The photos must have a white to off-white background, be

printed on thin paper with a glossy finish, and be unmounted and unretouched.

The color passport-style photos must be 2 by 2 inches. The photos must be in color with full face, frontal view on a

white to off-white background. Head height should measure 1 to 1 3/8 inches from top of hair to bottom of chin, and

eye height is between 1 1/8 to 1 3/8 inches from bottom of photo. Your head must be bare unless you are wearing

headwear as required by a religious denomination of which you are a member. Using a pencil or felt pen, lightly print

your name and A-Number (if any) on the back of the photo."

 

I believe you will need more in the future for other stages of your journey but for now, one for you and one for you fiancé/fiancée will suffice.

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2 minutes ago, Fairy_Bliss said:

Oh wow, i forgot about after america stage for AOS. And i dont think i would want my future husband to use a god awful passport photo for his wallet hahaha

If you look awful on your passport photo, he'll think you're a goddess when he sees you in person. 😉

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25 minutes ago, Fairy_Bliss said:

Hey everyone, im getting closer to finishing the I-129F Peition and it got me thinking of the passport photos.

So the Petition requires 2x Passport Photos each for petitioner and beneficiary.

As the case progresses, I will need more passport photos for the medical (i see mixed answers on how many but between 4 & 6), and then for the interview it requires another 2x. (phew!)

 

my question is, they are done in lots of 4 (most of the time) here in australia. so Do you think I can get bulk done at once and just use them as I need them? or best to get new ones s the case progresses because i know passport photos do have an "expiry" when being used for visas.

I entered the DV Lottery back in October 2018 so i still have the original 4 from there, do you think I can send them off with the petition? I dont look drastically different. Just more wrinkles and longer hair haha.

 

I hope that made sense. To sum up, can I use passport photos from like 10 months ago, and could I "buy in bulk"?

 

thank you!

Get a bunch of up to date ones.  That’s what we did.  Still have some.  Used the same pics for the whole process.

 

Note:  We don’t carry pics in our wallets anymore.  They’re on our phones.  Just sayin’

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3 minutes ago, Nitas_man said:

Note:  We don’t carry pics in our wallets anymore.  They’re on our phones.  Just sayin’

Because you're a cold hearted millennial, not a hopeless romantic. 😅

Edited by Allaboutwaiting

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6 minutes ago, Allaboutwaiting said:

If you look awful on your passport photo, he'll think you're a goddess when he sees you in person. 😉

 

Interesting logic... 😂😂😂

 

10 minutes ago, Fairy_Bliss said:

Oh wow, i forgot about after america stage for AOS


You´ll need to provide pictures for your employment authorisation card (combo card). The pictures for your green cards (for AOS and removal of condition two years later) are taken by an immigration worker in the bio appointment. You don't have to worry about those.

 

 

5 minutes ago, Nitas_man said:

Note:  We don’t carry pics in our wallets anymore.  They’re on our phones.  Just sayin’


I always carry an analog picture of my wife in my wallet. Just sayin' xD


K1

Spoiler

I-129F sent : 30 November 2015
I-129F NOA1 : 16 December 2015
I-129F NOA2 : 02 February 2016
Packet 3 received : 29 February 2016
Packet 3 sent : 28 April 2016
Packet 4 received : 06 May 2016
Interview date : 13 June 2016 (Result: Administrative Review, document needed)
Visa received : 11 July 2016

 

AOS

Spoiler

 

US entry : 09 September 2016
I-94 downloaded: 27 September 2016

SS number requested: 28 September 2016
SS number established: 25 October 2016
Marriage ceremony: 02 December 2016
AOS sent to Chicago lockbox: 16 January 2017
Case accepted confirmation by email/sms: 27 January 2017
NOA1 received: 03 February 2017
Biometrics appointment letter received: 06 February 2017

Biometrics passed: 08 Februay 2017 (walk-in)
EAD status updated to "New Card Is Being Produced": 01 May 2017
NOA for EAD and AP received: 04 May 2017
EAD mailed: 04 May 2017

Combo Card in hand: 06 May 2017

I-485 status updated to "New Card Is Being Produced": 15 July 2017
NOA for Green Card received: 20 July 2017
Green Card in hand: 21 July 2017

 

Removing Conditions

Spoiler

Package sent: 20 June 2019
Package received: 25 June 2019
NOA1: 18-month extension: 28 June 2019
Check cashed electronically: 01 July 2019
NOA2: Biometrics appointment: 12 July 2019

Biometrics passed: 02 August 2019

 

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10 minutes ago, Allaboutwaiting said:

Because you're a cold hearted millennial, not a hopeless romantic. 😅

Gen X.  I dislike snow.

 

I went all in and married on the first visit, two days after I landed.  Beyond hopeless right there.... 😂

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Edited by Nitas_man

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8 minutes ago, Nitas_man said:

I went all in and married on the first visit, two days after I landed.  Beyond hopeless right there.... 😂

 

That's looove! 😍

Is the romcom story still ongoing? 

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Ok. Thank you everyone. From what i can tell (and by majority rules). I should get new photos taken to stick with USCIS requirements.
giving my fiance a copy of my passport photo will make me look better in person. Photos in wallets are too cool to ever die. and love at first sight can stand the lengths of time.

thank you everyone for your quick responses :D

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Not that USCIS can check WHEN exactly you have that photo taken ;) So as long as you didn't go through a makeover, I think you'd be fine.


"Life is a journey." At this moment, it's taking me to the USA to the woman I love.

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