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Visa Photos

Applicants must submit one or more new visa photos. Please see examples below for the proper requirements of a visa photo.

visa Photo Guide

Composition Checklist

  • In color
  • 2 x 2 inches in size
  • Printed on thin, photo-quality paper
  • Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance
  • Full face, front view, eyes open with a plain white or off-white background
  • Center head within frame (see Figure below)
  • Between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
  • Position subject and lighting so that there are no distracting shadows on the face or background
  • Encourage subject to have a natural expression
  • Taken in normal street attire:
    • Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious attire that is worn daily
    • Do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hair line
    • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture
    • Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required)
    • Articles worn for religious or medical reasons should be accompanied by a statement to that effect.
Photos Examples

Both of these examples show well composed photos