Can I submit a video with my USCIS application?
Hi, I’m Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States at our office here in St. Louis, Missouri. We wanted to shoot this short video, and it is going to be a short video, asking the question can I submit video to USCIS in support of my application?
And the answer for the most part is no. USCIS is not going to receive media from you. They’re not going to receive things that they have to download. They’re not going to receive things that they have to save.
So what you can do, and a lot of times this will come up in a marriage based case where somebody wants to submit their marriage video. But there have been other times where people wanted to submit a video of various kinds, sometimes an interview of some witness or something.
They’re not going to take that stuff.
But what you can do, especially with the wedding video, is you can splice out images. So you can take screenshots of the video and submit that, especially if that’s all you have.
Sometimes people go overseas and they get married and they have a wedding video, but they don’t take a lot of pictures. So they want to submit the video.
And so for the most part, you’re not going to be able to do that. They’ll reject it. They’ll just throw it in the trash. You’re not going to be able to submit a video, but you can do screenshots.
You could do a transcript of it too, if there’s language in there that you like, if there’s a speech or something. If you want to document something that happened, you’re going to be able to use pictures.
And with pictures, you don’t want to just submit pictures. You want to submit them two on a page, one on top of the other, taking up most of the top half and the bottom half of the page, then with a little description underneath it. So if you’re using screenshots, that’s the best way to do it.
So long and the short of it is you can’t submit videos to USCIS.
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