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Thursday, November 13, 2014

National Visa Center (NVC) no longer requires original civil documents

As of 11/12/2014, the National Visa Center (NVC) will no longer accept original civil documents in support of immigrant visa (IV) applications, according to a recent State Department communication.

Under this new policy, applicants will only be required to submit photocopies of supporting civil documents such as birth certificates, divorce judgements, marriage certificates, and police clearances, etc., to NVC.  Visa applicants will be instructed to take their original documents to their interviews for consulate review.

However, applicants must still submit application forms such as Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, with original signatures.

This change in policy makes good sense as it will facilitate electronic processing of documents and eliminate any risks of loss of original documents.

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