Your photo is a vital part of your visa application. Digital images are required for some visa categories, while photos are required for other visa categories. The acceptance of your digital image or photo is at the discretion of the U.S. embassy or consulate where you apply. Additionally, please review the additional photo requirements for: Nonimmigrant Visas, Immigrant Visas, and the Diversity Visa (DV) Program.
Although we recommend you use a professional visa photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements; you are allowed to take the photo yourself. Photos may not be digitally enhanced or altered to change your appearance in any ways. Should you choose to take the photo’s yourself, go to the Department of State website to use their free photo tool to resize and crop the photo into a square image of exactly 600 x 600 pixels.
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.
- Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance – unless the image does not reflect your current appearance, even if it is not older than 6 months (ex. Adding or removing facial piercings or tattoos; undergone a significant change in weight.
- 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 face.
- Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
- Eyeglasses- even if normally worn (and even if they are rimless and/or do not have tinted lenses)- may NOT be worn in your photo as of November 1, 2016.