Great news for all immigrant visa applicants! As of November 12, 2014, the National Visa Center announced it will no longer be collecting original civil documents in support of immigrant visa applications. So now, instead of having to send your original birth, marriage and police certificates, you can send photocopies. This doesn't include the original Affidavit of Support which will still need to be signed by the applicant to the NVC.
The method of having to send originals has been a pain point for our customers for a long time, and now we're glad the NVC has made this adjustment. It should mean less stress on applicants, and quicker turnaround. Unfortunately, however, this change only applies from November 12 and forward.
If you have any questions about your application in process don't hesitate to contact us.
Source: National Visa Center memo.