Travel.State.Gov > U.S. Visas > Photo Requirements > Digital Image Requirements
|Dimensions||The image dimensions must be in a square aspect ratio (the height must be equal to the width). Minimum acceptable dimensions are 600 x 600 pixels. Maximum acceptable dimensions are 1200 x 1200 pixels. Please review photo requirements for specific dimensions.|
|Color||The image must be in color (24 bits per pixel) in sRGB color space which is the common output for most digital cameras.|
|File Format||The image must be in JPEG file format|
|File Size||The image must be less than or equal to 240 kB (kilobytes).|
|Compression||The image may need to be compressed in order for it to be under the maximum file size. The compression ratio should be less than or equal to 20:1.|
In addition to the digital image requirements, your existing photo must be:
Use the Department of State’s free photo tool to:
This tool requires Adobe Flash Player 10 or later.
Please note: This tool is intended for photo cropping only. A Department of State employee will make the final decision whether your visa photo is acceptable or not for your application.
While we recommend you use a professional photo service to ensure your photos meet all the requirements, you may take the photo yourself. Please remember that photos must not be digitally enhanced or altered to change your appearance in any way. The acceptance of your photo is always at the discretion of the U.S. embassy or consulate where you apply for a visa.