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Does the I-130 require photos?

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I've read the USCIS instructions but have been given conflicting advice. Does the I-130 require passport photos attached? Of the petitioner or the immigrant? How many?

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Proving bona fides of the marriage can be done via many forms of evidence. Photos, when available, are but one such form.

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Hi, I was actually referring to passport photos, but we do also have bona fides. Thanks.

Alexander Joseph Segal

Alexander Joseph Segal


No need to attach "actually referred to" passport photos.


For an I-130 based on marriage, you need to submit one passport photo of the husband and one of the wife.

For I-130 based on anything else (parent, child, sibling), then no passport photos are required.

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I always include two passport photos for the Petitioner and two for the Beneficiary but I think they are only required in immediate relative cases.

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if it's passport photos you are talking about, include one of the petitioner and one of the beneficiary (at least); on the back write with a pencil the last name of the person whose photo it is...

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