United States Green card (2x2 inch) Photo Size Requirements and Online Tool

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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

Do not worry about the photo size requirements. Our online tool makes correct photos, ensuring the photo size and head size are correct. Background will be enhanced as well.

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

Compositional Specifications:

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


Head Position




Decorative Items

Head Coverings and Hats

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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How to make United States Green card photo online

Step 1: Take a picture with a digital camera or a smartphone

Make sure someone takes your passport photo for you. Selfies are not accepted. Make use of your tripod if you have one. By using a tripod, you will be able to keep the camera level and steady. Ideally, the person should be around 1 meter away from the camera.

Pspport photo good examples


Step 2: Choose a venue with appropriate lighting

Face a bright window or the door when taking a photo. In this way, shadows can be avoided on the face and in the background. It is essential that the face is evenly lit. Ensure that the face is free of shadows and glares.

Note: You do not need to worry about the background, since our online passport photo generator will automatically do it for you.

passport photo lighting and shadows


Step 3: Dress appropriately for your passport photo

Uniforms should not be worn. Put on regular street clothes for your photo.

Eyeglasses should not be worn. You should remove any sunglasses, tinted glasses, or glasses that you wear if you are taking a passport photo.

Ensure that your face is fully visible. Make sure your hair doesn't cover your face or obscure your eyes. In the case of very long bangs covering your eyebrows, pin them back with bobby pins. Although it's better to show your ears as well, that won't stop your photo from being accepted.

Passport photos don't allow hats unless they're religious headgear such as a headscarf or yarmulke.

passport photo attire, hats and hair

passport photo face obstruction

Step 4: Pose for a passport photo

Face the camera straight on and look straight at it. Avoid tilting or rotating the head.

It is important that the shoulders are visible, and there should be enough space around the head to crop the picture.

Make sure the camera is at the same level as the head.

passport photo pose


Step 5: Maintain neutral facial expressions

It's okay to smile in your passport photo, but the government prefers you to have a neutral facial expression.

Under the new international passport rules, it is usually not acceptable to smile or have your mouth open.

acceptable passport photo

Unacceptable passport photo


Good and bad examples of passport photos

Example of passport photos

Printed passport photos

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