Guidelines for Phots Upload for U.S. Visa Applicants

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:

General Requirements

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.

Photo Quality

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.

Alternative Submission

If you cannot upload a digital photo, submit physical photographs during your visa interview.

Double Check

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.

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