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If you're applying for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa in the UK, read this to make sure your photograph meets the Department of State's requirements.

We provide information on:
1) Pose and Expression
2) Size
3) Quality
4) Appearance
5) Photographing children

If you're applying for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa in the UK, read this to make sure your photograph meets the Department of State's requirements.

We provide information on:
1) Pose and Expression
2) Size
3) Quality
4) Appearance
5) Photographing children

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U.S. Nonimmigrant Visas - DS-160 Photo Requirements

  1. 1. Nonimmigrant Visas DS-160 Photo Requirements
  2. 2. 1 • Pose and expression 2 • Size 3 • Quality 4 • Appearance 5 • Photographing children Applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the UK? Keep reading to make sure your photograph meets the Department of State’s requirements
  3. 3. Pose and expression
  4. 4. Pose and expression 1 • Directly facing the camera with your head centered in the photo 2 • Your eyes open and your mouth closed in a neutral expression 3 • A good likeness of your current appearance, taken within the last six months
  5. 5. Size
  6. 6. Size 1 • 2 inches by 2 inches square (51mm x 51mm) 2 • Your head should be between 1inch and 1 3/8 inches (22mm and 35mm) or between 50% and 69% of the total height of the image 3 • The photo is not the same size as a UK passport photo!
  7. 7. You can use the Department of State’s handy online tool to crop your photo to the right size 1 • Upload your photograph to your computer 2 • Visit bit.ly/photographtool 3 • Click ‘Choose Photo’ at the bottom of the webpage to get started!
  8. 8. Quality
  9. 9. Quality 1 • Must be in color and taken against a white or off-white background 2 • Must accurately reflect skin tones and not be underexposed, overexposed or in shadow 3 • Must be in focus, not grainy, blurry, pixelated or damaged – do not scan the photo from your driving license!
  10. 10. Appearance
  11. 11. Appearance 1 • No selfies, holidays snaps or social media pictures! 2 • A head covering can be worn if your wear it daily for religious reasons and it does not obscure your face in the photograph 3 • Don’t wear a hat, helmet or uniform 4 • Make sure your hair does not cover your face 5 • Don’t digitally alter your photo (except red-eye removal) 5 • If you wear glasses, take them off for the photograph
  12. 12. Photographing children
  13. 13. Photographing children 1 • Your child’s eyes should be open and their mouth closed in a neutral expression, if at all possible 2 • You can lay your baby on a white sheet or in a car seat covered with a white sheet 3 • No-one else should be visible in the photograph 4 • Nothing should cover your child’s face
  14. 14. You must try to upload a photo meeting the requirements at least once It should be a JPEG file no larger than 240 Kb If you remain unable to upload the photo, you may select on the application form Bring a printed copy of the photo to your interview in case it is requested for review
  15. 15. Do not assume that your photograph is acceptable just because it uploads to the electronic application form Your photograph must be suitable to be printed on a visa and meet all of the Department of State’s requirements
  16. 16. If your photograph does not meet the requirements, your application will be delayed and you will be required to obtain a replacement at your own expense
  17. 17. Remember 1 • Your must face the camera looking straight ahead with your eyes open and your mouth closed in a neutral expression 2 • The photo must be 2 inches by 2 inches – that’s not the same as a UK passport photo! 3 • You can crop your photograph using bit.ly/photographtool 4 • Your photo must be in color and taken against a white or off-white background 5 • Don’t wear glasses in your photograph 6 • No selfies, holiday snaps, social media pictures or digitally altered photos!
  18. 18. Once your photo is ready, check our SlideShare presentation at http://www.slideshare.net/USAinUK/us- nonimmigrant-visas-completing-form-ds160 for more tips about completing Form DS-160! Click on your purpose of travel at https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/ for step-by-step information about the visa application process, including a list of documents required
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