US Visa 2x2 inch (51x51mm) Photo Size and Requirements

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CountryUnited States
Document TypeVisa
SizeWidth: 2in, Height: 2in
Resolution (dpi)300
Required Size in KilobytesFrom: 0 to: 240
Image definition parametersHead height (up to the top of the hair): 1.29in; Distance from the bottom of the photo to the eye line: 1.18in
Background color       
Suitable for online submission?Yes
Web links to official documents
CommentsNote: (*) Glasses are not allowed. (*) Perfect for DS-160 form. (*) Do not use the Photo Tool on the US Department of State website, just directly upload the photo you got from us along with your application. The Photo Tool is incorrect.

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US passport photo requirements and US visa photo requirements are similar:

How many photos do you need for US passport application?

One photo

Your photo should conform to the following requirements:

  • Your passport photo should be colored and printed on a quality photo paper.

  • US passport picture size should be 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm).

  • Full-face view. Your head should be seen from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin.

  • Expression of your face should be neutral. Natural smile is allowed.

  • Both eyes should be open.

  • Look straight at the camera.

  • Your eyes are located between 1 1/8 inches to 1 3/8 inches (28 mm – 35 mm) from the bottom of the photo.

  • Your head must be between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (25mm - 35 mm) from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin.

  • The photo should reflect your present-day appearance. It should be made within the last 6 months.

  • The background should be plain white or off-white.


Taken in your every-day clothing:


  • You should not wear uniforms except for religious cases.

  • Do not wear a hat except for religious cases.

  • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.

  • Do not wear glasses. If you normally wear glasses, be sure that there is no reflection on them.

  • Do not wear glasses with dark frames and tinted lenses.

US visa application digital image requirements

The digital image should meet the following criteria:

Acceptable Dimensions:

The height of the photo and the width should be the same.

Minimum 600 x 600 pixels.

Maximum 1200 x 1200 pixels.


The image must be in color (24 bits per pixel) in RGB color space

File Format:


File Size:

Not more than 240 kB (kilobytes).

If you want to scan an existing photo:

  • It should be 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)

  • Use a scanner with a resolution of 300 dpi

Your photos must not be digitally improved and your appearance must not be changed in any way.

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