Photos and Fingerprints

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Photos and Fingerprints

You have to complete and submit the Form DS-160 online when you file for a nonimmigrant visa,.You need to Schedule an appointment for the Consulate /Embassy and the Visa Application Center. when you arrive for your interview at the Visa Application Center your fingerprints and your photo will be captured

Note: Guardians/Parents must bring a hardcopy photograph and other supporting documents of the children below 14 years of age at the Visa Application Center along. Children below 14 years of age are not required to be present at the Consulate/Embassy or Visa Application Center for the interview in person.


At the Visa Application Center an ink-free, digital fingerprint scan will be taken quickly Few applicant’s fingerprints are not required, including:

  1. Applicants those who are traveling on official government business, except for G-5 and A-3 applicants
  2. Under the age of 14 or over the age of 79 are not required.

Photo Requirements

Photo Requirements Your application photo must have meet certain criteria regarding size and content., your photo must be taken within the last six months to reflect your current appearance.This generally means your photo must not be the same one that appeared on your old visa If you are renewing visa.

You will be required to submit a new photo before your visa is processed If your photo does not meet the requirements,, even if the visa application system accepted it as a digital photo upload.

Digital Photo Specifications

Visa application photos must be taken within the last six months and meet certain criteria regarding size and content. It can delay the visa application process if your photo does not meet these criteria Note: This is applicable for DropBox eligible applicants and for children under fourteen years only.

Head Size

You need to be very careful while clicking photo here we are giving you few important tips Your head height, measured from the top of your head, which is including the hair, from the bottom of your chin, it must be between 50% and 70% of the photo's total height. Your eye height, measured from the bottom of the photo to the level of your eyes, should be between 55% and 70% - or roughly 2/3 - of the photo's height.

Photo Dimensions

The minimum dimensions for your photo are 600 pixels(height ) x 600 pixels (width) The dimensions must be 1200 pixels x 1200 pixels.Your photo must be square-shaped, it means your photo's height must be the same as its width.

7 Tips for Successful Photo

Head Orientation While taking your visa photo, Head orientation is important Frame yourself within the photo so that your full face shows. make sure your eyes are open and face directly toward the camera.

Fill the Frame

Your entire head must shown in your photo from the top of your hair to the bottom of your chin. The height of your head will measure 1-1-3/8 inches (25 to 35mm), or fill between 50%-70% of the photo in a good photo. See the example

Stay Centred

your head must be in the Center within the frame.

Show Your Eyes

You have to Make sure that your eyes are naturally open. Do not take stress on your face while being clicked.Your eyes should be 2/3 of the way up the photo, or between 1-1/8 inches to 1-3/8 inches (28 mm and 35 mm) - about 60% - from the bottom of your photo.


Please Sit in front of a plain white or off-white background for best results. The area behind you in the photo should be uncluttered and either white or off-white.

Eliminate Shadows

You must sit in a pose so that your face is fully-lit and there are no distracting shadows across your face or in the background.

Relax and Look Natural

when you take your photo make sure to have a natural expression on your face, like those shown here: