DS-160 Visa Photo Requirements

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Applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa? Ensure that your photograph meets the Department of State's requirements before submitting your application Form DS-160.

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DS-160 Visa Photo Requirements

  1. 1. Photo RequirementsNonimmigrant Visa Application Form DS-160
  2. 2. Are you applying for a visa to visit the United States of America?
  3. 3. Form DS-160 photograph requirementsYour face looking straight ahead with your headcentered in the photographEyes open and mouth closed in a neutral expressionTaken within the last 6 months and reflectingyour current appearance
  4. 4. Form DS-160 photograph requirementsWhite or off-white background2 inches by 2 inches square (51mm by 51mm)Your head should be between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches(22 mm and 35mm) or between 50% and 69% of theimage’s total height
  5. 5. Can eyeglasses be worn?Yes, if you wear them daily for medical reasonsNot if they cast a shadow, reflection or glare over youreyesNot if they obscure your eyes in the photograph
  6. 6. Can a head covering be worn?Yes, if you wear it daily for religious reasonsNot if it is not worn daily for religious reasonsNot if it obscures your face in the photograph
  7. 7. Photographing childrenYou can lay the baby on a white /off-white sheet , orplace the baby in a car seat covered with a white/off-white sheetThe baby’s eyes must be open and looking straightaheadNo-one else should be visible in the photograph
  8. 8. Content Do not digitally enhance or alter the photograph oncetaken Do not smile Do not use a picture from your social network page
  9. 9. Quality The background must not be colored or patterned Your face must not be out of focus, shadowed, over-exposed or obscured Do not scan the photo from your passport or drivinglicense
  10. 10. Clothing Do not wear a uniform You must be fully dressed Do not wear a hat
  11. 11. REMEMBERYou must try to upload the photograph electronically when completingForm DS-160 online. You may also wish to bring the photograph with youto your visa interview.Your photograph must be suitable to be printed on a visa.Do not assume that your photograph is suitable just because it is acceptedby the electronic application form.
  12. 12. REMEMBERIt is YOUR responsibility to ensure your photograph meets all the requirements.If your photograph does not meet the Department of State’srequirements, you will be required to obtain a new photograph at your owninconvenience and expense.
  13. 13. REMEMBERYour face looking straight ahead with your headcentered in the photographEyes open and mouth closed in a neutral expressionTaken within the last 6 months and reflectingyour current appearanceWhite or off-white background2 inches by 2 inches square (51mm by 51mm)Your head should be between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches(22 mm and 35mm) or between 50% and 69% of theimage’s total height
  14. 14. More Information Please visit http://dld.bz/DS160photos for more information
  15. 15. Follow Us! Click on the logos below for more useful information from the U.S. Embassy in London! American Visa Services Citizen Blog Services Blog http://london.usembassy.govPhoto CreditsSlide 2 - Chicago, Times Square, San Francisco, Portland, Central Park & Monticello by Stars In Blue on Flickr

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