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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom

So here's a weird question that my fiance and I are not even sure where to begin answering.  He has a full, red beard. He works at a hospital and they are about to switch his ward over to a 'red zone' for Covid-19 patients. He was told that he would have to shave off his beard and has no problem with that what so ever, it's so his mask will seal properly as he will be working in direct contact with corona patients.  Our question is this: when we originally took the pictures for his medical (4) and embassy requirement (2) he has that full beard. Our NOA2 is in tansit to the embassy and god willing that will open up interviews again in the next few months, however that won't be enough time for him to grow his beard back out. Do we re-take the photos for the embassy (the medical already has the bushy ones) or do we just explain at the time of interview the circumstances? He looks quite different with and without a beard. any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. Stay safe out there!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines

I assume this is one of the  very reasons,  photos are to have been taken  within 30 days 


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom

the requirement for UK embassies is photos 6 months, I should have stated that first. And his have been taken in the last 6 months. I was curious if anyone anywhere had an experience with apperance issues from the steps in the process. The medical has the full beard photos because we were within weeks of our interview. 


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This is a non-issue. As long as the pictures are taken within the indicated time (it has more to do with ageing and facial recognition software) you're fine. People change looks all the time, different hair style or colour, glasses on or of, with/without make up and yes also different beard style or lack thereof. 


Just make sure the person on the photo shows up, that's all that needs to be done. 

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Applicants using Form DS-160 or Form DS-1648


If you are applying for a non-immigrant visa by filling out the DS-160 or DS-1648 online form, the form will instruct you to upload your digital image as part of completing the online visa application form. Review the Digital Image Requirements, which also provide additional requirements if you are scanning an existing photo.


Some embassies and consulates require visa applicants to bring one (1) photo, which meets requirements, to the interview. Review the embassy or consulate instructions where you will apply to learn more.


From <https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/photos.html#nonimmigrant>


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London states that the photographs must be 6 months or less in age. However, I know when I apply for my passport they say if your appearance drastically changes you should provide new photographs.  

If you guys are able to do the self photographs on the NVC website with no beard you may want to do it, but if not, I wouldn't stress. 

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