Starting November 1, 2016, eye glasses will
no longer be allowed in visa photos.
Your photo or digital image is a vital part of your visa application. Review the examples below to learn how your photo or digital image should look. We recommend you use a professional photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements. The acceptance of your photo or digital image is at the discretion of the U.S. embassy or consulate where you apply.
Acceptable Visa Photos
Detailed Examples of Visa Photos
Please review the tabs to the left for examples of both acceptable and unacceptable photos to submit with your visa application. Keep in mind the basics: size, expression, head position, background, print quality, and anything that might obscure the face (hair, shadows, glare on glasses, etc). Helpful “Photo tips” are provided on many of the examples.
- Shadows and Lighting
- Size and Position
- Resolution, Print Size, and Quality
- Digital Alterations and Retouching
- Pose and Expression
- Attire, Hats and Hair