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United States Green card Photo Size Requirements

Passport picture size Width: 2 inch, Height: 2 inch
Resolution (DPI) 600
Background color White
Printable photo Yes
Digital photo for online submission Yes
Digital photo size Width: 1000 pixels , Height: 1000 pixels
Photo Paper type matte
Detailed requirements

Your photo is a vital part of your Green Card application. The photo must meet all the requirements, such as size, background color and clarity. This ensures that the immigration officials can clearly identify the person in the photo and verify that the photo is a true representation of the applicant.

The image file must adhere to the following compositional and technical specifications and can be produced in one of the following ways: taking a new digital image or using a digital scanner to scan a photograph.

Image Acquisition

  • The image file may be produced by acquiring an image with a digital camera or by digitizing a paper photograph with a scanner.
  • Digital enhancement or other alterations or retouching are not permitted.
  • The original aspect ratio of the image must be preserved. (No image stretching is allowed.)

Compositional Specifications:

The submitted photo or digital image must conform to the following compositional specifications or the entry will be disqualified.


  • The image must contain the full face, neck, and shoulders of the entrant
  • Directly facing the camera in full-face view
  • Open both eyes and maintain a neutral facial expression
  • The image must not contain any parts of the body below the entrant's shoulders.
  • The image must not include other objects or additional people.
  • The entrant must be vertically oriented in the image.
  • Photographed within the last six months to reflect your current appearance

Head Position

  • The person being photographed must directly face the camera.
  • The head of the person should not be tilted up, down, or to the side.
  • Head height is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm), or 50% and 69% of the image's total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.


  • a plainwhite or off-white background, dark or patterned backgrounds are not acceptable.

  •  The person being photographed should be taken with the person in front of a neutral, light-colored background.


  • The photograph must be in focus.
  • The entire face must be in focus.
  • Fine facial features must be clearly recognizable.
  • Pixels or dot patterns must not be perceptible.


  • Dressed in your daily clothing

  • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily

Decorative Items

  • In new visa photos, eyeglasses are not allowed except when they cannot be removed for medical reasons; for example, if the applicant has recently had ocular surgery and the eyeglasses are needed to protect their eyes.In these cases, a medical professional's or health practitioner's signature is needed.In case the eyeglasses are accepted for medical reasons:
  • The frames of the eyeglasses must not cover the eye(s).
  • There must not be glare on eyeglasses that obscures the eye(s).
  • There must be no shadows or refraction from the eyeglasses that obscurethe eye(s). 
  • You may be wearing a hearing device or other similar articles in your photo if you normally wear them.

Head Coverings and Hats

  • You should not wear a hat or head covering obscuring your hair or hairline unless it is for a religious purpose. There must be no shadows cast on your face by your head covering, and your full face must be visible.

Color photographs in 24-bit color depth are required

Color photographs may be downloaded from a camera to a file in the computer or they may be scanned onto a computer. If you are using a scanner, the settings must be for True Color or 24-bit color mode. See the additional scanning requirements below.

Technical Specifications

The submitted digital photograph must conform to the following specifications or the system will automatically reject the E-DV entry form and notify the sender.

Taking a New Digital Image

If a new digital image is taken, it must meet the following specifications:

Image File Format:


JPEG - the image must be in the Joint Photographic Experts Group format.


Image File Size:



240 kilobytes (240 KB) is the maximum image file size.

Image Resolution and Dimensions:


Minimum acceptable dimensions are 600 x 600 pixels. Maximum acceptable dimensions are 1200 x 1200 pixels.

Image pixel dimensions must be in a square aspect ratio (meaning the height must be equal to the width).


For the image to be under the maximum file size, it may need to be compressed. The compression ratio should be less than or equal to 20:1.


Image Color Depth:

 It must be in color (24 bits per pixel) and in sRGB color space, which is the common output of most digital cameras.

[24-bit black and white or 8-bit images will NOT be accepted].


Scanning a Submitted Photograph

Before a photographic print is scanned, it must meet the compositional specifications listed above. If the photographic print meets the print color and compositional specifications, scan the print using the following scanner specifications:

Scanner Resolution:


Scanned at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch (12 pixels per millimeter)

Image File Format:


The image must be in JPEG file format.

Image File Size:


The maximum image file size is 240 kilobytes (240 KB).

Image Resolution:


Minimum acceptable dimensions are 600 x 600 pixels. Maximum acceptable dimensions are 1200 x 1200 pixels.

Image pixel dimensions must be in a square aspect ratio (meaning the height must be equal to the width).

Image Color Depth:



It must be in color (24 bits per pixel) and in sRGB color space, which is the common output of most digital cameras.

 [Note that black and white, monochrome, or grayscale images will NOT be accepted.]

Copies or digital scans of driver's licenses or other official documents are not acceptable.

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General Passport Photo Requirements

  • Neutral facial expression: a. do not open mouth; b. open eyes.
  • No glasses; No Hat.
  • Don't cover eyebrows with hair.

Find more information on requirements and photo taking tips here.

How to Print Passport Photos Using Color Printer

  1. Download the 4R sheet with multiple photos.
  2. Check the requirements and use correct 4R photographic paper (matte, semi-matt or glossy paper).
  3. Print the 4R sheet with no margins. Make sure the 4R picture fit exactly on the 4R photo paper.
  4. Cut the 4R sheet along the gray lines and you will get multiple photos.

Steps to create passport photos

  1. Select country and ID photo type, and click Start.
  2. Upload photo. In order to correctly make passport photo, the picture size should be smaller than 10MB, and the dimensions should be smaller than 4000 x 3000 pixels. The system accepts only .JPG or .JPEG files. The Crop page opens when the photo is uploaded.
  3. Crop photo to the correct passport photo size dimension.
  4. If you need white background enhancement, select an enhancement.
  5. Click the Next button, you will get a printable passport picture which is suitable to be printed on 4R (4x6") photo paper.
  6. Save the 4R sheet and print it using a photo printer or print it at any photo center.

How to Take Baby Passport Photos

  1. Lay white or light color baby quilt or blanket in a bright room or other places with good lighting.
  2. Lay the baby on the quilt or blanket.
  3. Ensure baby is looking straight at the camera with eyes open, mouth closed and not smiling.

See more tips on taking baby passport photos here.

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