Photos and Fingerprints

Applicants for nonimmigrant visas at the U.S. Embassy are required to upload an electronic photograph as part of completing and submitting their DS-160 application form on the website. You should also carry a copy of your photograph to the Embassy on the day of your interview.

7 Steps to Successful Photo

Figure 2. Head Position & Placement

For Digital Images Uploaded to the DS-160

Head Size

The head height or facial region size (measured from the top of the head, including the hair, to the bottom of the chin) must be between 50% and 69% of the image's total height. The eye height (measured from the bottom of the image to the level of the eyes) should be between 56% and 69% of the image's height.

Image pixel dimensions must be in a square aspect ratio (meaning the height must be equal to the width). Minimum acceptable dimensions are 600 pixels (width) x 600 pixels (height). Maximum acceptable dimensions are 1200 pixels (width) x 1200 pixels (height).

Well-Composed Photos

Specifications of photograph required for the visa application form

Frequently Asked Questions about Photos


All visa applicants, except those traveling on official government business, who are under the age of 14, or who are over the age of 79, are fingerprinted by the U.S. Embassy as a part of their visa interview. During the visa application process, usually at the interview, an ink-free, digital fingerprint scan will be quickly taken.