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Immigration Documentation - Frequently Asked Questions


When should I submit photocopies of supporting documents to the USCIS?

For all other documents which are not issued by the issuing authority solely for the purpose of presentation to USCIS, you may submit a photocopy, however, you may be required to present the original:

  • In person, upon the request of a USCIS or consular official during an interview, or
  • By mail, in response to a written request from the USCIS

An original document submitted under these circumstances will be returned to you when it’s no longer required.

Note: Although the law prohibits duplication of Naturalization Certificates, Certificates of Citizenship, and Permanent Resident Cards (formerly known as Alien Registration Cards and commonly called ‘Green Cards’) for some purposes, that prohibition does not apply to making a photocopy for submission to the USCIS in conjunction with an application or petition.

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