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Color Photo Specification (USCIS)

This webpage reproduces the USCIS "COLOR PHOTOGRAPH SPECIFICATIONS" which define the requirements for photographs to be submitted to the USCIS for Permanent Residency, i.e. "greencard", purposes. Please be sure to check with the USCIS for any changes.

Important Steps to Successful Photos

  1. -Frame subject with full face, front view, eyes open
  2. -Make sure photo presents full head from top of hair to bottom of chin; height of head should measure 1 inch to 1-3/8 inches (25 mm to 35 mm)
  3. -Center head within frame
  4. -Make sure eye height is between 1-1/8 inches to 1-3/8 inches (28 mm to 35 mm) from bottom of photo
  5. -Photograph subject against a plain white or off-white background
  6. -Position subject and lighting so that there are no distracting shadows on the face or background
  7. -Encourage subject to have a natural expression

USCIS Photo: Head Position & Placement
Head Position & Placement

Well-Composed Photos

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