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US Visitor Visa Photograph Requirements
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Uploading your photo is a part of filling the form. You have to upload a digital photograph of yours taken within the last 6 months on the form. If there is an X on the DS-160 confirmation page, it is indication that the photograph has not uploaded successfully on the form. You should also bring a copy of your photograph to the Embassy or Consulate on the day of your interview. You have to follow certain criteria to take the photograph. The photo requirements are here:

It is always recommended that you use a photograph taken by a professional for the application process. Digital scan of your driver’s license photograph, passport photograph, mobile phone photos, low quality vending machine photos, and full-length photos are not accepted.

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Basic Requirement

  • It has to be in a square aspect ratio of 2 inch x 2 inch i.e. the length should be equal to the width.
  • The photo has to be in color (24 bits per pixel).
  • It has to be taken in the last six months.
  • It should not be digitally altered to change your appearance in any way.
  • It should be taken against a white or off-white background.
  • The photo should contain full face. The face should directly face the camera.
  • The head should be between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22mm and 35mm) or 50% and 69% of the image’s total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
  • The photo has to be taken with a neutral expression and eyes open.
  • The hair and hairline should be clearly visible in the photograph. Your head should not be covered by a hat or other head coverings unless worn for a religious purpose. There should be no shadow cast on the face because of the covering.
  • Uniforms should not be worn in the photograph except in cases where it is worn daily for a religious purpose.
  • If you normally wear glasses or use hearing aid then they can be worn for the photograph.
  • Dark and tinted glasses are not acceptable.
  • Glare on the glasses that covers the eye is not accepted in the photographs.
  • Headphones, wireless hand-free devices, or other accessories like these are not accepted in photos.

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Digital Requirements

  • Minimum dimension requirements are 600×600 pixels and maximum 1200×1200 pixels.
  • The photo has to be in JPEG format.
  • The image has to be less than or equal to 240 KB.
  • If the image has to be compressed to fit the maximum file size, the compression ratio should be less than or equal to 20:1
  • Digitally reproduced photographs must be reproduced without discernible pixels or dot patterns. Photocopied photographs are NOT accepted

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Scanning Existing Photos

If you want to scan an existing photo the photo must be 2×2 inches and scanned at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch. You can also use the Department of State’s photo tool that requires Adobe Flash Player 10 or later. You can visit website to review acceptable and non-acceptable samples of photographs

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Attaching the Photo to the DS-156

  • Staple or glue the one photograph to the DS-156 in the designated space. If the photograph is stapled, staples should be placed as far away as possible from the applicant's face.
  • Do not enclose photographs in glassine or other types of envelopes. The photograph must be stapled or glued properly to the DS-156 in the designated space.

Photographers can refer to Photography Guide for detailed information to assist in preparing quality photographs.

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