Upload a Photo for your Application

Acceptable photos are required to apply for your visa. Our photo service is the way to certify that your photos are acceptable for consular submission. A service fee of $25.00 per traveler applies.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use a digital camera to take my photo?
    Yes, you can use a mobile phone or digital camera. We recommend that you submit the original image to us, not a compressed file. Most images of at least 1 MB will work but do not submit files larger than 15 MB. The format may be either 'jpg', 'jpeg', 'gif'; or 'png'.
  • How should I pose for my photo?
    You must directly face the camera. Profile shots will not be accepted. Your expression should be neutral with both eyes open and directly facing the camera. Photos with unusual expressions and squinting will not be accepted.
  • Can eyeglasses be worn in the photo?
    No. Neither the US Passport Office nor the foreign consulates permit the wearing of eyeglasses in photographs.
  • Is it acceptable for my child's eyes to be closed in his/her photo?
    It is acceptable if an infant's eyes, particularly a newborn's, are not entirely open. All other children must have their eyes open and looking straight ahead towards the camera.
  • Will you store my photo so it can be reused at a later date?
    No, we will not store your photo because there are government requirements that every photo that is submitted be taken withing the last six months.

Photo Guidelines

Positioning and Pose

  • Face the camera directly, head straight
  • Neutral expression with eyes open, mouth closed, and ears visible
  • Photo should be recent, within the last 6 months

Background and Lighting

  • Taken against a white background, wearing non-white clothing
  • In color, with no background light or shadows

Glasses, Jewelry, and Head Coverings

  • Do not wear eyeglasses
  • Only unobtrusive jewelry may be worn
  • Head covering may be worn for religious purposes only and may not obscure any facial features

File Requirements

  • Submit the actual image, generally 1MB or more, not to exceed 15 MB
  • Format may be either 'jpg', 'jpeg', 'gif', or 'png'

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