All U.S. immigration applications require submission of a U.S. passport-type or U.S. visa-type photograph.
Requirements for a US passport-type and US visa-type photographs are the same.
Ensuring that your photograph meets the requirements is a vital part of your immigration application.
It’s recommended to use a professional photo service to ensure your photograph meets all the requirements.
For applicants in the U.S. you can take a U.S. passport-type photograph at the following locations:
Your photographs (printed or digital) must meet the following requirements:
Size and Dimensions:
- The photograph should be 2 inches by 2 inches.
- The image of the applicant’s head, measured from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin, should be between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches.
- You can use the U.S. Department of State’s online Photo Composition Template for more details.
Color and Resolution:
- The photograph must be in color.
- It should have a resolution of 300 dots per inch (DPI) or 600×600 pixels in dimension for Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery applicants
- The background should be plain white or off-white.
- There should be no distracting patterns or objects in the background.
- The applicant should have a neutral facial expression or a natural smile.
- Both eyes should be open.
- The applicant’s head should be directly facing the camera.
- The head should not be tilted.
- The applicant should be wearing normal attire worn on a daily basis
- Uniforms should not be worn, except for religious attire that is worn daily.
Glasses and Headgear:
- Glasses are NOT allowed
- Headgear is generally not allowed unless it is worn for religious reasons, and even then, it should not obscure any facial features.
- Applicant’s full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on applicant’s face.
- Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable
- If the applicant normally wears a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn in the photo.
- The photograph should be recent, typically taken within the last 30 days
- The photograph should be on photo-quality paper.
- It should not be digitally altered or retouched.