Your photographs must be:

  • One (1) photograph is required for non-immigrant visas and U.S. passport applications, two (2) photographs are required for immigrant visas.
  • 2×2 inches in size
  • Identical
  • Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance
  • Color or black and white
  • Full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background
  • Between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
  • Taken in normal street attire
  • Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious attire that is worn daily.
  • Do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline.
  • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture.
  • Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required.

Click here for information on acceptable digitized photos.

Attaching the photo to your visa or passport application:

  • Staple the photograph(s) to the form in the designated space. Staples should be placed as far away from the applicant’s face as possible.
  • Do not enclose photographs in glassine or other types of envelopes. The photograph must be stapled properly to the form in the designated space.

Note: Vending machine photos are not generally acceptable.