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Photographs for Passports and Visas

Passport-Photo-2.jpgMost countries and consulates require photographs. They can be taken by many photographers, travel agents, drug stores, camera shops and companies such as Kinko's. Look in the Yellow Pages in your area for a location.

Do not assume that the person taking your photograph knows exactly what size is required! Your passport application or immigration document will be rejected if the photo is not correct.

Photograph Sizes and General Requirements

    Photos accepted by the U.S. Passport Service
    Two identical photos 2 inches by 2 inches in size with an image size from bottom of chin to top of head (including hair) between 1 and 1 3/8 inches. They must be clear, full front face with white background. They must be capable of withstanding temperatures of 225 degrees Fahrenheit. No uniforms, hats or dark glasses may be worn and photos must have been taken recently. Retouched photos are not acceptable.

    U.S. Immigration Photograph for green cards and U.S. Reentry permit
    In 2004 Immigration changed the requirements for green card photos. The requirements are now as follows: 2 inches by 2 inches (51 mm by 51 mm) printed on photo paper. The image must be clear. The face size must be from 1 1/8 inch to 1-3/8 inch from the forehead to the chin. The eyes height must be between 1-1/8 inches to 1-2/8 inches from the bottom of the page. There must be a plain white background. No shadows on the face or background are acceptable. The subject must look natural.

    Foreign Passports and other documents
    Requirements for passport of other nationalities vary depending on the country. Many require that you have the photographer certify the photo. Requirements that photos be signed are not uncommon. Size requirements will be included with the application for visas and passports of each individual country. It is recommended that you take a copy of the requirements to the photographer. Photos not meeting the requirements could cause the work to be delayed or rejected.

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