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    This message appeared on British Expats. I thought folks on this NG might also be interested.

    From AILA:

    Update (7/28/04) : USCIS advises that, starting Monday, August 1, 2004, USCIS will begin accepting photographs in the Department of State (DOS) standard style (frontal view) for all benefits applications. There will be a transitional period during which the 3/4 profile style photos will continue to be accepted by USCIS for those cases currently requiring that format. USCIS will also announce a cut-off date after which only the DOS standard style photos will be accepted ,expected to be September 1. USCIS will not send RFEs for DOS-style photographs on pending caes. USCIS also advised that it will issue a public notice regarding the new photos and applicable deadlines, and that it expects to generate new photo specs in approximately another six months, as DHS develops them to deal with new facial recognition software. AILA will post any announcements to InfoNet as soon as it becomes available.

    The following information on changes in photograph requirements has been received from the Nebraska Service Center and California Service Center, respectively.

    From the Nebraska Service Center:

    Passport-Style Photo To Replace ADIT-Style Photos

    To comply with an agreement that requires the adoption of International Civil Aviation Organization standards for all travel documents by October 26, 2004, USCIS service centers will transition from ADIT-style photos to passport-style photos for all USCIS documentation, not just travel documents. The USCIS expects to publish a Federal Register notice in the near future requiring the submission of passport-style photos on and after a target date (expected to be August 1, 2004). Until the target date, the NSC will accept either ADIT-style or passport-style photos. On and after the target date, we will only accept passport-style photos.

    From the California Service Center:

    US Department of Homeland Security
    US Citizenship and Immigration Services
    California Service Center

    Information Notice

    July 26, 2004

    On or about August 1st, 2004, US Citizenship and Immigration Services will adopt the Department of State's photograph standard (passport photos) for all documents/applications or petitions filed with the agency.

    This means that USCIS will change from 3/4 profile photographs to full frontal photographs (commonly called passport style photographs) for all documents that it produces. Information regarding photograph guidelines can be found at the Department of State web site at:

    http://travel.state.gov/passport/pptphotos/index.html.

    Detailed information about this new photograph standard are being produced with USCIS. Public notice materials will be released in the coming days. You are encouraged to check the USCIS web-site for additional information.

    You should start submitting the new photographs with applications and petitions filed at the California Service Center (CSC) now.

    For applications and petitions currently pending with the CSC, please do not submit new photos unless you are requested to do so. However, you should send in passport style photographs with all future applications or petitions that require photographs.

    Thank you.


    __________________
    "Folinskyinla"
    Certified Specialist
    Immigration & Nationality Law
    Calif. Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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    This message appeared on British Expats. I thought folks on this NG might also be interested.

    From AILA:

    Update (7/28/04) : USCIS advises that, starting Monday, August 1, 2004, USCIS will begin accepting photographs in the Department of State (DOS) standard style (frontal view) for all benefits applications. There will be a transitional period during which the 3/4 profile style photos will continue to be accepted by USCIS for those cases currently requiring that format. USCIS will also announce a cut-off date after which only the DOS standard style photos will be accepted ,expected to be September 1. USCIS will not send RFEs for DOS-style photographs on pending caes. USCIS also advised that it will issue a public notice regarding the new photos and applicable deadlines, and that it expects to generate new photo specs in approximately another six months, as DHS develops them to deal with new facial recognition software. AILA will post any announcements to InfoNet as soon as it becomes available.

    The following information on changes in photograph requirements has been received from the Nebraska Service Center and California Service Center, respectively.

    From the Nebraska Service Center:

    Passport-Style Photo To Replace ADIT-Style Photos

    To comply with an agreement that requires the adoption of International Civil Aviation Organization standards for all travel documents by October 26, 2004, USCIS service centers will transition from ADIT-style photos to passport-style photos for all USCIS documentation, not just travel documents. The USCIS expects to publish a Federal Register notice in the near future requiring the submission of passport-style photos on and after a target date (expected to be August 1, 2004). Until the target date, the NSC will accept either ADIT-style or passport-style photos. On and after the target date, we will only accept passport-style photos.

    From the California Service Center:

    US Department of Homeland Security
    US Citizenship and Immigration Services
    California Service Center

    Information Notice

    July 26, 2004

    On or about August 1st, 2004, US Citizenship and Immigration Services will adopt the Department of State's photograph standard (passport photos) for all documents/applications or petitions filed with the agency.

    This means that USCIS will change from 3/4 profile photographs to full frontal photographs (commonly called passport style photographs) for all documents that it produces. Information regarding photograph guidelines can be found at the Department of State web site at:

    http://travel.state.gov/passport/pptphotos/index.html.

    Detailed information about this new photograph standard are being produced with USCIS. Public notice materials will be released in the coming days. You are encouraged to check the USCIS web-site for additional information.

    You should start submitting the new photographs with applications and petitions filed at the California Service Center (CSC) now.

    For applications and petitions currently pending with the CSC, please do not submit new photos unless you are requested to do so. However, you should send in passport style photographs with all future applications or petitions that require photographs.

    Thank you.


    __________________
    "Folinskyinla"
    Certified Specialist
    Immigration & Nationality Law
    Calif. Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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    • #3
      So it sounds like either type would be acceptable at this time (actually next week) and I guess TX will be slow about that too? Thanks for posting the info.

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      • #4
        Again, from BE:


        As per AILA this morning [Thank you AILA], CIS-HQ sent the following e-mail instruction to the Service Centers:

        "Directors/Deputies--As you know, we are in the process of transitioning from a 3/4 to the full-frontal ('passport style') standard with respect to our photo requirements. Per instructions from Carl Morse to your COTRs, we are currently accepting both photo standards in order to give our customers time to adjust to this change. While formal CIS guidance on this has not yet been issued, we anticipate extending this transition period until September 1, at which point we will begin rejecting photos which are not 'passport style'. We will, of course, continue to produce documents for pipeline cases for which 3/4 profile photos have been submitted, and will reassess next January when we might cut off production of documents with the old photo standard.

        It has come to my attention that some Centers have begun posting or otherwise sending out to the public guidelines delineating the new standard. Please do not do this. Once we begin rejecting the old style photo, we are only to advise our customers that they should be submitting 'passport style' photos and referring them to the DOS web site for delineation of that standard. Also, we should not be issuing RFEs for the new standard for new, incoming cases until after the anticipated Sep 1 cut-off date, and we should not be issuing RFEs to replace photos for pipeline cases at all at this point. If an RFE is required for a pipeline case for other than photo reasons, of course, you may request a new photo in addition. Please let me know if you have questions on any of this."


        __________________
        "Folinskyinla"
        Certified Specialist
        Immigration & Nationality Law
        Calif. Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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        • #5
          Here's the official release. As of today, the new specs are in effect.

          http://uscis.gov/graphics/publicaffa...to_release.pdf

          http://uscis.gov/graphics/publicaffa...hoto_flyer.pdf

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