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Starting November 1, 2016, eye glasses will
no longer be allowed in visa photos.
Your photo is a vital part of your visa application. To learn more, review the information below on how to provide a suitable photo. 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.
We recommend you use a professional visa photo service to ensure your photo meets all the 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 face.
- Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
- Effective November 1, 2016, eyeglasses are no longer allowed in new visa photos, except in rare circumstances when eyeglasses cannot be removed for medical reasons; e.g., the applicant has recently had ocular surgery and the eyeglasses are necessary to protect the applicant’s eyes. A medical statement signed by a medical professional/health practitioner must be provided in these cases. If the eyeglasses are accepted for medical reasons:
- The frames of the eyeglasses must not cover the eye(s).
- There must not be glare on eyeglasses that obscures the eye(s).
- There must not be shadows or refraction from the eyeglasses that obscures the eye(s).
- If you normally wear a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn in your photo.
Review the Photo Examples to see examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos. Photos copied or digitally scanned from driver’s licenses or other official documents are not acceptable. In addition, snapshots, magazine photos, low quality vending machine or mobile phone photos, and full-length photographs are not acceptable.
Please review the additional photo requirements for:
Applicants using Form DS-160 or Form DS-1648
If you are applying for a nonimmigrant visa by filling out the DS-160 or DS-1648 online form, the form will instruct you to upload your digital image as part of completing the online visa application form. Review the Digital Image Requirements, which also provide additional requirements if you are scanning an existing photo.
Some embassies and consulates require visa applicants to bring one (1) photo, which meets requirements, to the interview. Review the embassy or consulate instructions where you will apply to learn more.
Applicants using Form DS-260
If you are applying for an immigrant visa, using Form DS-260, you must provide two (2) identical photos at your immigrant visa interview. Your photos must be:
- Printed on photo quality paper
- 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
Diversity Visa Program Entrants
If you are entering the Diversity Visa (DV) Program online, you must upload your digital image as part of your entry. Your digital image must be:
- In JPEG (.jpg) file format
- Equal to or less than 240 kB (kilobytes) in file size
- In a square aspect ratio (height must equal width)
- 600×600 pixels in dimension
Do you want to scan an existing photo? In addition to the digital image requirements, your existing photo must be:
- 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)
- Scanned at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch (12 pixels per millimeter)
Diversity Visa Program Selectees
Each DV applicant will need to bring two (2) identical photos to the interview. Your photos must be:
- Printed on photo quality paper
- 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
While we recommend you use a professional visa photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements, you may take the photo yourself. Photos must not be digitally enhanced or altered to change your appearance in any way. Please review the following technical requirements and references for guidance on taking your own photo.
Use the Department of State’s free photo tool to:
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Taking photos of your baby or toddler
When taking a photo of your baby or toddler, no other person should be in the photo, and your child should be looking at the camera with his or her eyes open.
|Tip 1:||Lay your baby on his or her back on a plain white or off-white sheet. This will ensure your baby’s head is supported and provide a plain background for the photo. Make certain there are no shadows on your baby’s face, especially if you take a picture from above with the baby lying down.|
|Tip 2:||Cover a car seat with a plain white or off-white sheet and take a picture of your child in the car seat. This will also ensure your baby’s head is supported|
If your photo(s) or digital image does not reflect your current appearance, even if it is not older than 6 months, the U.S. embassy or consulate will request that you provide a new photo with your application.
Applicants will be requested to obtain a new photo if they have:
- Undergone significant facial surgery or trauma
- Added or removed numerous/large facial piercings or tattoos
- Undergone a significant amount of weight loss or gain
- Made a gender transition
Generally, if you can still be identified from the photo in your visa application, you will not need to submit a new photo. For example, growing a beard or coloring your hair would not generally be considered a significant change of appearance.
If the appearance of your child under the age of 16 has changed due to the normal aging process, he or she will generally not have to provide a new photo. However, the acceptance of your photo or digital image is at the discretion of the U.S. embassy or consulate where you apply.
Directory of Visa Categories
The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying. When you apply at a U.S embassy or consulate, a consular officer will determine based on laws, whether you are eligible to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate.
The chart below contains many different purposes of temporary travel and the related nonimmigrant visa categories available on this website. Select a visa category below to learn more:
Purpose of Travel Visa Category Required: Before applying for visa* Athlete, amateur or professional (competing for prize money only) B-1 (NA) Au pair (exchange visitor) J SEVIS Australian professional specialty E-3 DOL Border Crossing Card: Mexico BCC (NA) Business visitor B-1 (NA) CNMI-only transitional worker CW-1 (USCIS) Crewmember D (NA) Diplomat or foreign government official A (NA) Domestic employee or nanny – must be accompanying a foreign national employer B-1 (NA) Employee of a designated international organization or NATO G1-G5, NATO (NA) Exchange visitor J SEVIS Foreign military personnel stationed in the United States A-2
(NA) Foreign national with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics O USCIS Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professional:
H-1B1 – Chile
H-1B1 – Singapore
DOL International cultural exchange visitor Q USCIS Intra-company transferee L USCIS Medical treatment, visitor for B-2 (NA) Media, journalist I (NA) NAFTA professional worker: Mexico, Canada TN/TD (NA) Performing athlete, artist, entertainer P USCIS Physician J , H-1B SEVIS Professor, scholar, teacher (exchange visitor) J SEVIS Religious worker R USCIS Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge H-1B DOL then USCIS Student: academic, vocational F, M SEVIS Temporary agricultural worker H-2A DOL then USCIS Temporary worker performing other services or labor of a temporary or seasonal nature. H-2B DOL then USCIS Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitor B-2 (NA) Training in a program not primarily for employment H-3 USCIS Treaty trader/treaty investor E (NA) Transiting the United States C (NA) Victim of Criminal Activity U USCIS Victim of Human Trafficking T USCIS Nonimmigrant (V) Visa for Spouse and Children of a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) V (NA) Renewals in the U.S. – A, G, and NATO Visas
*What the abbreviations above mean – Before applying for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate, the following is required:
- DOL = The U.S. employer must obtain foreign labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor, prior to filing a petition with USCIS.
- USCIS = U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approval of a petition or application (The required petition or application depends on the visa category you plan to apply for.)
- SEVIS = Program approval entered in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
- (NA) = Not Applicable – Additional approval by another U.S. government agency is not required prior to applying for a visa
- About this chart – It is not a complete list of all travel purposes for the visa category. Select a visa category webpage for more information. The chart lists almost all nonimmigrant visa categories, with the exception of several not listed above. Refer to the Foreign Affairs Manual, 9 FAM 402.1 for all nonimmigrant visa categories.
- Canadian NAFTA Professional workers – A visa not required; apply to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at border port of entry.
- K nonimmigrant visas – For U.S. citizen fiancé(e) and spouse for immigration related purposes. Refer to Immigrant Visa Categories.
The chart below contains different purposes for immigrating to the United States, and the related immigrant visa categories for which information is available on this website. Select a visa category below to learn more:
Immediate Relative & Family Sponsored
<valign=”bottom”>Visa Category</valign=”bottom”> Spouse of a U.S. Citizen IR1, CR1 Spouse of a U.S. Citizen awaiting approval of an I-130 immigrant petition K-3 * Fiancé(e) to marry U.S. Citizen & live in U.S. K-1 * Intercountry Adoption of Orphan Children by U.S. Citizens IR3, IH3, IR4, IH4 Certain Family Members of U.S. Citizens IR2, CR2, IR5, F1, F3, F4 Certain Family Members of Lawful Permanent Residents F2A, F2B Employer Sponsored – Employment Employment-Based Immigrants, including (preference group):
- Priority workers [First]
- Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees and Persons of Exceptional Ability [Second]
- Professionals and Other Workers [Third]
- Employment Creation/Investors [Fifth]
- Certain Special Immigrants: [Fourth]
E2E3, EW3C5, T5, R5, I5
Religious Workers SD, SR Iraqi and Afghan Translators/Interpreters SI Iraqis Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. Government SQ Afghans Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. Government SQ Other Immigrants Diversity Immigrant Visa DV Returning Resident
*K Visas – Listed with immigrant visas because they are for immigration related purposes.
About this chart – This chart is a list of many immigrant visa categories, but not every immigrant visa category.
**Refer to the Foreign Affairs Manual, 9 FAM 502.1 for a listing of all immigrant visa categories.
|1||Any road||“Any road” is another way of saying ”anyway”. It is commonly used up North. Instead of saying anyway, they say “any road”!|
|2||All right||This is technically a form of greeting. It is used a lot in London and the south to mean “Hello, how are you”. It is usually said as a question. Sometimes it gets expanded to “All right mate“? You would say it to someone you knew or a complete stranger. The normal response would be to say “All right” back to speaker.|
|3||Ace||This is used a lot in Liverpool. If something is ace, it means it is awesome!|
|4||Anal||When someone is being anal about something, he is choosing to be an asshole. He is choosing to be tight and strong minded like the anal sphincter. Therefore, you tell him: ”Don’t be anal”.|
|5||Ass||This means your buttocks, your backside, but mostly a donkey!|
|6||Arse||This word means the same as ass, but is much ruder. It is used in phrases like “pain in the arse” (a nuisance) or I “can’t be arsed” (I can’t be bothered) or you might hear someone say “a half arsed attempt” meaning that it was not done properly.|
|7||Aye||It means yes. It is commonly used in Scotland. It was used in the film ”Brave Heart”|
|8||Bladdered||When a Brit say you are Bladdered, they mean you are drunk.|
|9||Ballistic||It is used in informal settings to describe anger and rage. E.g. He went ballistic ( meaning he went mad)|
|10||Bloke||Another word for male|
|11||Barmy||If someone tells you that you’re barmy they mean you have gone mad or crazy. For example you’d have to be barmy to visit England without trying black pudding!|
|12||Beastly||You would call something or somebody beastly if they were really nasty or unpleasant. Most people would consider you a snob if you used this word. People like Fergie can get away with it though.|
|13||Blinding||If something is a blinding success – it means it’s a great success!|
|14||Blinkered||Someone who is blinkered is narrow minded or narrow sighted – they only see one view on a subject.|
|15||Bloody||One of the most useful swear words in English. It is used for emphasis. E.g. “bloody awful” or “bloody hell”. “bloody brilliant “. It is used to emphasize almost anything!|
|16||Bollocks||This is a great English word with many excellent uses. Technically speaking it means testicles but is typically used to describe something that is no good (that’s bollocks) or that someone is talking rubbish (he’s talking bollocks).|
|17||Bugger all||If something costs bugger all, it means that it costs nothing. Meaning it is cheap. If you have bugger all, it means you have nothing.|
|18||Cheers||This word is obviously used when drinking with friends. However, it also has other colloquial meanings. For example when saying goodbye you could say “cheers”, or “cheers then”. It also means thank you.|
|19||Chips||French fries. it is basically a deep fried finger length potatoes eaten in the UK not to be confused with American potato chips- these are known a crisps in the UK|
|20||Chat up||To be flirtatious, that is, to speak to someone with the intent of eventually engaging in sexual intercourse with them. Generally conducted in a relaxed, playful and outstandingly obvious manner.|
|21||Cracking||Another word for good. Usually said without pronouncing the last “G”. If a girl is cracking it means she is stunning.|
|22||Dear||If something is dear it means it is expensive. E.g. Don’t you think flights to Nigeria is are dear.|
|23||Dodgy||Bad quality and untrustworthy. If someone or something is a bit dodgy, it is not to be trusted.|
|24||DIY||It is Commonly used in Britain as a short for do it yourself.|
|25||Excuse me||Technically, it is used when addressing a stranger, when interrupting or disagreeing with someone, or to request repetition of what has just been said.|
|26||Fancy||Like or desire. In America it means to like someone in a sexual way, to want to be with them, to want to go out with them. In Britain, fancy means the same but it also means ‘want’ E.g. Do you fancy a cake? Technically, fancy is used for both people and food. Geezer – old man|
|27||Grub||Food. E.g. I’m hungry, Let’s get some grub|
|28||Gutted||This is a very common slang in Britain. It means to be sad or upset. E.g. like when you fail your driving test!|
|29||Jolly Good||Very good. E.g. a Jolly good fellow|
|30||Daft||Basically means stupid, insane, nuts, moronic, asinine|
|31||Knackered||Tired or sleepy; exhausted. E.g. I am feeling a bit knackered today.|
|32||Loaded||This has nothing to do with loading a van. It simply means ‘rich‘. When a Brit says that guy is loaded, it means he is rich!|
|34||On about||This is a very handy one to know. It means what are you talking about?|
|35||One off||A one off is used to describe a one-time event that is never to be repeated.|
|36||Piece of Cake||When something is exceptionally easy. E.g. He makes that dance look like a piece of cake|
|37||Pissed||Another word for Drunk Posh – High class, sophisticated.|
|38||Puke||Vomit Quid – A pound in English money.|
|39||Smashing||If something is smashing, it means it is terrific.|
|40||Ta||A slang word for Thank you.|
|41||Taking a Piss||This has nothing to do with Urine. It basically means making fun of someone.|
|42||Twat||A word used to insult someone who has offended you. It means a person who is a stupid and lacks good sense of judgement. It is also a slang for female genitals.|
|43||Up for it||To be available. When a Brit say they are up for it, it means you are willing to come along. E.g. You up for going down the pub?” “Yeah mate, i’m up for it” Uni : short word for university|
|44||Wanker||This is a derogatory term used to describe someone who is a bit of a jerk. It actually means someone who masturbates and also has a hand signal that can be done with one hand at people that cannot see you shouting “wanker” at them. This is particularly useful when driving.|
|45||Wind up||This has a couple of meanings. If something you do is a “wind up” it means you are making fun of someone. However it you are “wound up” it means you are annoyed.|