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Photo Requirements
Photo requirements

Photo requirements

The photograph of each visa applicant must be an unmounted full face photo, taken within the past six months. A "full face" photo is one in which the applicant is facing the camera directly. The applicant should not be looking down or to either side, and the face should cover about 50% of the area of the photo.

Although variations in hair styles and in head coverings make it difficult to rigorously define the term "face", in general, the head of the applicant, including both face and hair, should be shown from the crown of the head to the tip of the chin on top and bottom, and from hair line side-to-side. It is preferable that the ears be exposed. The key requirement is that the photograph clearly identify the applicant.

Additional guidelines:

  • The photograph should measure 2 inches square (roughly 50 mm square) with the head centered in the frame.
  • The head (measured from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin) should measure between 1 inch to 1 3/8 inches (25 mm to 35 mm) with the eye level between 1 1/8 inch to 1 3/8 inches (28 mm to 35 mm) from the bottom of the photo.
  • Photos should be in color and must be taken against a white or off-white background. Photos should be printed without borders.
  • Photos taken in front of busy, patterned, or dark backgrounds will not be accepted.
  • Please follow the photo uploading instructions when completing your Non-Immigrant Visa Application form.

Note that guidance concerning headcoverings remains unchanged. Headcoverings are acceptable only under very limited circumstances, and then only when the applicant's face is completely exposed.