United States Visa Photo Requirements
Your photos or digital images must be:
- In color
- Sized such that the head 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. View the
Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.
- Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
- Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
- Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
- With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
- Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis
- Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing
that is worn daily.
- Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or
hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must
be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your
- Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not
acceptable in your photo.
- If you normally wear glasses (without tinted lenses), a hearing
device, or similar articles, they may be worn in your photo.
- Dark glasses or glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable.
- Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo.
Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by
removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.
The digital image must adhere to the following specifications:
||The image dimensions must be
in a square aspect ratio (the height must be equal to the width).
Minimum acceptable dimensions are 600 x 600 pixels. Maximum acceptable
dimensions are 1200 x 1200 pixels. Please review passport and visa photo
requirements for specific dimensions.
The image must be in color (24 bits per pixel) in sRGB color space which
is the common output for most digital cameras.
||The image must be in JPEG file
The image must be less than or equal to 240 kB (kilobytes).
||The image may need to be
compressed in order for it to be under the maximum file size. The
compression ratio should be less than or equal to 20:1.
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