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As the requirements of US visa documents, each people must provide 2 photos. These photos must be sastify the strict requirements of United States . If your photos don’t meet these requirements, it will likely lead to your visa being denied. Therefore, you must be know clearly about these strict photo requirements for US visa application. Following lists are the points you should know to avoid the chances of visa rejection.

There are two main types of photos: physical photos and Digital photos. Some U.S. embassies require you to provide physical photos. Others allow you to upload digital photos online as part of your DS-160 or DS-260 online application.

U.S. Visa Photo Requirements

Your photo must meet all of the following requirements:

Photos is taken within the last six months

A color photo with no shadows

No worn electronic devices (like headphones), although a hearing aid and similar accessibility devices are permitted

A size of 2 inches by 2 inches (51mm x 51mm)

Directly facing the camera and allowing your whole face to be seen

Neutral expression (no smile) with both eyes open

You must be wearing your normal everyday clothes; no uniform is allowed, although religious garments that the person wears daily are permitted

Your head must not be covered and your hairline must be visible, unless the person wears a headdress daily for religious purposes; your headdress must not cover the face (even when worn for religious reasons)

No eyeglasses except for medical purposes (like a recent eye surgery); if you have a medical reason for wearing eyeglasses, then you need a statement from your doctor justifying that reason

If you do need to wear eyeglasses, then your frames may not cover your eyes and there can be no glare or shadows on your face

The photo must be sized so that your head accounts for 50% to 69% of the image’s total height from the bottom of your chin to the top of your head; ideally, your head will be between 1 and 1 3/8 inches (22mm and 35mm) on the photo

For digital photos:

In that case, your digital photos must meet certain requirements, including:


1200×1200 pixels

Color photo

JPEG file format

Size equal or less than 240kB

You may be able to scan a physical photo into digital format to meet the above requirements. If you scan a physical photo, then it needs to meet the following additional requirements:

  • The scanned photo has to have dimensions of 2 inches by 2 inches (51mm x 51mm)
  • The resolution of the scanned photo must be 300 pixels per inch or 12 pixels per millimeter

U.S Visa Photo Do’s and Don’ts

No Shadows

Plain White Background

Headscarf Placed to Reveal Face

No Eyeglasses

Correct Head Position Relative to Photo Size

Neutral Facial Expression Directly Facing the Camera

U.S. Visa Photo for a Child, Baby, or Toddler

Here are the requirements:

The photo must be of the baby or toddler alone; nobody else can be in the picture

The baby’s eyes must be open for the photo

The baby can be laid down on a white sheet for the photo

There can be no shadows on the baby’s face

The baby can sit in a car seat for the photo, although a white sheet must be laid over the car seat to provide a clean backdrop

It’s certainly possible to take a U.S. visa photo at home using a high-quality camera. However, it may be easier to order professional photo services.