Photos and Fingerprints

When applying for a nonimmigrant visa, you are required to bring a copy of your photograph to the Embassy on the day of your interview. You will also be fingerprinted when you arrive for your interview at the Embassy.

7 Steps to Successful Photo

Figure 1. Head Position and Placement within the Frame


Figure 2. Dimensions for Digital Photographs

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).

Figure 3. Sample Photos

Frequently Asked Questions

Specifications of photograph required for the visa application form


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.