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U.S. Immigration changes Photo Requirement Rule
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Washington, DC — In accordance with language specified in the Border Security Act of 2003, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a change in the photo requirements for all applicants from a three-quarter face position to a standard, full-frontal face position to take effect August 2, 2004.

USCIS will accept both three-quarter and full-frontal color photographs until September 1, 2004, after which only full-frontal color will be accepted.

The application process of customers who have already submitted materials that include color photos with the three-quarter standard will not be affected by this change.

All photos must be of just the person. Where more than one photo is required, all photos of the person must be identical. All photos must meet the specifications for full-frontal/passport photos.

For more information on photo standards, visit the Department of State website at http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/pptphotos/index.html, or contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1 800 375 5283.

Applications and Petitions That Require Photos, and the Number Required

2 photos are required for the following forms:

I-90   Renew or replace your Permanent Resident Card (green card)
I-131   Re-entry permit, refugee travel document, or advance parole
I-485   Adjust status and become a permanent resident while in the U.S.
I-765   Employment Authorization/Employment Authorization
Document (EAD)
I-777   Replace Northern Mariana Card
I-821   Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Program
N-300   Declaration of Intent (to apply for U.S. citizenship)
N-400   Naturalization (to become a U.S. citizen)
N-565   Replace Naturalization/Citizenship Certificate

3 photos are required for the following forms:

I-698   Temporary Resident’s application under the 1987 Legalization Program for permanent resident status — file 1 photo for your application, and bring the other 2 with you to your interview
N-600K   To apply for U.S. citizenship for foreign-born child residing abroad with U.S. citizen parent

4 photos are required for the following forms:

I-817   To apply for Family Unity Benefits
I-881   NACARA — suspension of deportation or special rule cancellation

File the following with your photos and of others as shown below:

I-129F   Fiancé(e) Petition — file with 1 photo of you + 1 photo of fiancé(e)
I-130   Relative petition — if filing for your husband or wife, file with 1 photo of you + 1 photo of your husband or wife
I-589   Asylum — file with 1 photo of you + 1 photo of each family member listed in Part A. II that you are including in your application
I-730   Relative petition filed by a person granted Asylum or Refugee status — file with 1 photo of the family member for whom you are filing the I-730
I-914   ‘T’ nonimmigrant status — file with 3 photos of you + 3 photos of each immediate family member for which you file an I-914A supplement

All photos must be of just the person. Where more than one photo is required, all photos of the person must be identical. All photos must meet the specifications for full-frontal/passport photos.


For more information, visit our website at www.uscis.gov, or call our customer service at 1 800 375 5283.


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