United States Green card Photo Requirements

Digital Photo Requirements

Instructions for Submitting a Digital Photograph (Image)
for the USA-GREEN-CARD Lottery Registration Entry (DV Lottery)

See Also: Photo Example for the USA GREEN CARD Lottery Application Registration

The submitted image must adhere to the following specifications. Photographs submitted must be a recent photograph, taken within the last 6 months. Please be advised that Failure to comply with any of the following requirements may result in Disqualification from the US DV Lottery Program.

A digital photograph (image) of you, your spouse, and each child must be submitted online with the E-DV entry form. The image file can be produced either by taking a new digital photograph or by scanning a photographic print with a digital scanner.

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


Head Position

Photograph Head Position for USA-Green-Card Lottery



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:


600 pixels (width) x 600 pixels (height) - are acceptable dimensions. Image pixel dimensions must be in a square aspect ratio (meaning the height must be equal to the width).


Image Color Depth:

24 bits per pixel, Image must be in color. [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 at least 300 dots per inch (dpi).

Image File Format:


The image must be in the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format.

Image File Size:


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

Image Resolution:


600 by 600 pixels.

Image Color Depth:


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

Source: http://usa-green-card.org/USA-Green-Card-Lottery-Digital-Photo-Requirements.html

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