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Hi,

Maybe a silly question about my DS-260 photo: Do you think it's acceptable? I am concerned about the "neutral facial expression", since I am smiling and I did not realize until now it said that... I'll obviously take the red scratching out of the picture, but just wondering if you think it'd be appropriate for my visa application . I also believe that my head size is perhaps too big, but I hope not. I would appreciate your thoughts. Thank you very much.

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23 minutes ago, Sabela said:

Hi,

Maybe a silly question about my DS-260 photo: Do you think it's acceptable? I am concerned about the "neutral facial expression", since I am smiling and I did not realize until now it said that... I'll obviously take the red scratching out of the picture, but just wondering if you think it'd be appropriate for my visa application . I also believe that my head size is perhaps too big, but I hope not. I would appreciate your thoughts. Thank you very much.

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Compare to the examples from travel.state.gov.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/photos/photo-examples.html

Click "pose and expression" 

It could be okay as they have an example of a woman smiling as acceptable. 

 

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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Nepal
Timeline

Head size seems too big so better just get the another photo. May be a bit less but natural smile on that one. 🙂

Spouse:

2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

2015-10-05: NVC assigned Case number, Invoice ID & Beneficiary ID

2016-06-30: DS-261 completed, AOS Fee Paid, WL received

2016-07-05: Received IV invoice, IV Fee Paid

2016-07-06: DS-260 Submitted

2016-07-07: AOS and IV Package mailed

2016-07-08: NVC Scan

2016-08-08: Case Complete

2017-06-30: Interview, approved

2017-07-04: Visa in hand

2017-08-01: Entry to US

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Myself:

2016-05-10: N-400 Sent

2016-05-16: N-400 NOA1

2016-05-26: Biometrics

2017-01-30: Interview

2017-03-02: Oath Ceremony

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Thank you, @Kor2USA. I had visited that page, but had only seen the ones w the neutral expression... I feel better about the smile.  Now, @arken , I do not feel too confident about the head size :S It'd be a bummer paying for a new photo, but I will do if I have to... The only other recent passport picture is this one, but it is very similar. Do you guys think it could work? Or better not risk it? Ugh.

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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Nepal
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Keep scrolling down on the link provided. There are several sections on the left pane for you to select different photo categories. One photo with head sizer similar to yours is crossed out as u acceptable.

 

Can't you have someone take your photo with a good smartphone? Take the photo on a white background, do a little bit cropping on the phone first and drop it on the link posted above. It will trim your photo and give you a downloadable photo.

Spouse:

2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

2015-10-05: NVC assigned Case number, Invoice ID & Beneficiary ID

2016-06-30: DS-261 completed, AOS Fee Paid, WL received

2016-07-05: Received IV invoice, IV Fee Paid

2016-07-06: DS-260 Submitted

2016-07-07: AOS and IV Package mailed

2016-07-08: NVC Scan

2016-08-08: Case Complete

2017-06-30: Interview, approved

2017-07-04: Visa in hand

2017-08-01: Entry to US

.

.

.

.

Myself:

2016-05-10: N-400 Sent

2016-05-16: N-400 NOA1

2016-05-26: Biometrics

2017-01-30: Interview

2017-03-02: Oath Ceremony

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46 minutes ago, Sabela said:

Thank you, @Kor2USA. I had visited that page, but had only seen the ones w the neutral expression... I feel better about the smile.  Now, @arken , I do not feel too confident about the head size :S It'd be a bummer paying for a new photo, but I will do if I have to... The only other recent passport picture is this one, but it is very similar. Do you guys think it could work? Or better not risk it? Ugh.

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I don't think this one would be acceptable as your head is slightly turning to your left. 

 

I brought 3 different sets of photographs to my interview and the best ones were the ones I took and printed myself. 

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5 hours ago, arken said:

Can't you have someone take your photo with a good smartphone?

And there are free apps to help you get a good photo.  I used ID Photo and there are others.

Spouse

Nov. 29th, 2020: I-130 submitted online, NOA 1 Nov. 30th, 2020

Feb. 19th, 2021: Case Is Being Actively Reviewed By USCIS

Feb. 19th, 2021: I-130 Approved 😊

Feb. 25th, 2021: Welcome letter from NVC

Mar. 9th, 2021:  Received Hard Copy NOA 2 I-797 in mail

October, 2021: One Year Postponement of Move, Visa Completion On Hold

Feb. 4th, 2022: Submitted DS 260

 

Stepdaughter

Nov. 29th, 2020: I-130 submitted online, NOA 1 Nov. 30th, 2020

Dec. 9th, 2020: Case Is Being Actively Reviewed By USCIS

Feb. 19th, 2021: Case Is Being Actively Reviewed By USCIS

Feb. 19th, 2021: I-130 Approved 😊

Feb. 25th, 2021: Welcome letter from NVC

Mar. 9th, 2021:  Received Hard Copy NOA 2 I-797 in mail

October, 2021: One Year Postponement of Move, Visa Completion On Hold

Feb. 4th, 2022: Submitted DS 260

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Ok. Thank you guys for your honest opinion. I guess I’ll take new ones 😕 Last question regarding this: do the NVC photos need to be the same as the ones you bring to the interview + medical examination? Or it doesn’t matter? I just read that one needs to bring “passport-sized color photographs” to both of these appointments. Wondering what this DS260 “photograph ” purpose is for. . Thanks again!

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.

Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

December 18, 2023:  Filed I-90 to renew Green Card

December 21, 2023:  Production of new Green Card ordered - will be seeing USCIS again every 10 years for renewal

 

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