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Appendix 11-1 Supporting Documents and Applications.
Editor’s Note: The following is the text of a memorandum issued by the Commissioner on November 19, 1990, to All Regional Commissioners, District Directors, Officers-in-Charge and Service Center Directors.
After extensive review and consideration of various alternatives, I have decided to significantly alter Service policy regarding submission of supporting documents required for various applications and petitions.
Effective immediately, the Service will no longer routinely require submission of original documents or "certified copies." Instead, ordinary legible photocopies of such documents (including naturalization certificates and alien registration cards) will be acceptable for initial filing and approval of petitions and applications. At the discretion of the adjudicator, original documents may still be required in individual cases. In addition, whenever a personal interview is required, original documents will b
e presented for review and comparison and returned to the applicant or petitioner at the time of the interview. Instructions on all forms will be amended and conforming regulations, operations instructions and other materials will be similarly changed.
Revised forms will contain an amended statement in the signature and attestation block regarding the accuracy of supporting documents. Until such time as forms and instructions are amended, petitioners and applicants should be advised to submit a signed statement which reads: “Copies of documents submitted are exact photocopies of unaltered original documents and I understand that I may be required to submit original documents to an immigration or consular official at a later date."
This revision will result in considerable savings for Examinations and Information Systems personnel who must handle and return original documents and will enhance the considerable savings already being realized as a result of the Direct Mail program.