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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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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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