Digital Photo for U.S. Green Card - size & requirements

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Green Card - Digital photo size & requirements

  • Size
    • Width: 2 in
    • Height: 2 in
  • Resolution
    300 dpi
  • Image definition parameters
    • Head height: 1.29 in
    • Bottom of the Photo to the Eye Line: 1.18 in
  • Background Color
     
  • Is it printable?
    yes
  • Is it suitable for online submission?
    yes

Requirements for a green card photo

Green card photos have the same requirements as the U.S. passport and U.S visa photos, hence all green card photos are so-called biometric photos, i.e. those that allow us to download our individual features that allow for quick and reliable identification.

Green Card photo requirements

  • Neutral facial expression
  • One should directly face the camera with full face in view
  • Normal clothing. Extravagant outfit or uniforms might cause a photo rejection. Religious clothing, however, is allowed
  • Background should be white or off-white in color.
  • Glasses, headphones and other items should not be worn
  • The green card photo should be taken within the last six months
Usually in photography we should be positioned frontally and look straight ahead. Visibility of the other person is always excluded, and the background requirements vary, but in most cases it should be uniform, one-color (usually light, but it also happens that e.g. the background must be blue or dark blue). Records regarding glasses and headgear are also usually the same, i.e. we photograph ourselves without a hat and without glasses (although they are allowed, even if the sight is impaired, you can take off the glasses - then we minimize the chance of rejecting the composite photo, because the risk is that glare will be visible on the glasses or the frame will cover our pupils).

Photos for green cards must always have the dimensions of 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm).

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