U.S. Visa Photo Guidelines
Creating an accurate photo for a U.S. visa application is crucial as any discrepancies can lead to application delays or rejections. Below are the detailed guidelines for the photo upload:
Size and Composition
- The photo must be square, sized at 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm).
- The head should occupy between 50% and 69% of the image’s total height.
Color and Quality
- The photo must be in color (24 bits per pixel) in the sRGB color space.
- High-resolution photography, with a minimum of 600 x 600 pixels and a maximum of 1200 x 1200 pixels.
- The image must be in JPEG format with a file size not exceeding 240 kilobytes (kB).
Plain white or off-white background without patterns or shadows.
Pose and Expression
Face the camera directly with a neutral expression, eyes open.
- Wear clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis.
- No hats or head coverings, unless for religious purposes.
- Avoid glare on glasses. Glasses should not have tinted lenses.
The photo should be clear, focused, with proper exposure.
Taking the Photo
- Professional Photographer: Recommended for compliance with requirements.
- Self-Taken Photos: Follow guidelines carefully and use a timer.
Uploading the Photo
During the DS-160 application process, you will be asked to upload your digital photo.
What to Avoid
- Overexposure or underexposure that obscures facial features.
- Shadows on the face or in the background.
If you cannot upload a digital photo, submit physical photographs during your visa interview.
Use the photo composition template from the U.S. Department of State to ensure compliance.
Adherence to these guidelines is crucial for a successful U.S. visa application.