Passport Photos

Passport photos for immigration – If a foreign national is applying to receive an immigration benefit, they will have to submit a recent color photograph of themselves which adhere to the U.S. Department of State’s guidelines. This entry will discuss the requirements for a passport photo, which must be submitted with each application for an immigration benefit.

What are the Basic Requirements for Passport Photos?

A lot of people try to take their passport photos themselves in order to save some money but it is probably the best idea to have a professional take the photograph. The Department of State has a few basic requirements:

  • The photo has to have been taken in the past six months;
  • The subject of the photo cannot be wearing any headgear (hats, sunglasses, eyeglasses, etc);
  • The background of the photo must be white or off-white;
  • The photo cannot use any special filters and must display a clear image of the subject’s face;
  • The photo must be a 2” x 2” size, on matte or glossy photo paper;
  • The subject of the photo must have a neutral facial expression (no smiling);
  • The subject of the photo must face the camera directly and not at an angle.

A photo cannot be digitally altered after it was taken, so it is important to get it right on the first try. It would also be wise to ask the professional who took the photo to provide you with digital copies of the photograph, as well, since the digital copies may be needed for future visa applications and can be readily uploaded on the Department of Travel’s website application.

Consider setting up a consult with an immigration lawyer at Gilles Law, PLLC. You can reach us at 980-272-8438 at our office in Uptown Charlotte. We are here to assist with your inquiries.

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