U.S. passport-type photograph requirements

U.S. passport-type photograph requirements

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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:

  • CVS
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart
  • FedEx
  • UPS

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.

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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.

Facial Expression:

  • The applicant should have a neutral facial expression or a natural smile.
  • Both eyes should be open.

Head Position:

  • 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.

Recent Photograph:

  • The photograph should be recent, typically taken within the last 30 days

Print Quality:

  • The photograph should be on photo-quality paper.
  • It should not be digitally altered or retouched.

Related Links:

U.S. Department of State Immigrant Visa Photo Requirements

Photo Composition Template

Photo Examples