US Green Card Photo

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Digital Photo for Green Card - Size & Requirements

Green Card Photo Online, DV Lottery
Width: 2 in
Height: 2 in
301 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 1.29 in
  • Bottom of the Photo to the Eye Line: 1.18 in
Is it suitable for online submission?
Is it printable?
Background Color

How to take a photo?

Body-camera distance
Body-camera distance
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face

Do you know what the requirements are for a Green Card photo? It is essential to familiarize yourself with them, as incorrectly taken pictures are rejected. In this guide you'll learn how to take a photo that meets Green Card photo requirements, which will increase your chances of being accepted into the program. You will also be introduced to a photo tool that will allow you to take your document pictures online.

Knowing the photo requirements for the Green Card, as well as knowing about the program itself, will make your application almost certainly approved. Do you want to know more? Here is our guide to Green Card photos.

Green Card photo requirements

To apply for an American Green Card, you need to attach a recent picture of yourself, your spouse, and all your children. You don't need to attach a photo of your spouse or child who are already US citizens or legal residents, but if you do so your application will still be reviewed. The photographs must be uploaded digitally – digital pictures or scans are both acceptable.You can test the suitability of your photos for the Green Card by using the photo verification link on the E-DV website. 

When preparing a photo for the DV lottery, you must be familiar with the compositional and technical specifications of the photo. The US Department of State does not accept group images, so you must take and submit a separate picture for each person. Please note that your visa application may be rejected if the pictures have been tampered with in any way or do not meet the requirements. Moreover, you cannot upload the same image you uploaded in previous years - this will disqualify you.

Green Card photo basic rules

When taking your Green Card Lottery photo you need to adhere to the following rules regarding aspects such as facial expression, attire, accessories, and more: 

  • Neutral facial expression.
  • One should directly face the camera with full face in view.
  • Normal clothing. Extravagant outfits or uniforms might cause a photo rejection. Religious clothing is allowed
  • The photo should be taken against a white or off white background.
  • Glasses, headphones, and other items should not be worn.
  • The Green Card photo needs to have been taken within the last six months and must show your current look.

Green Card photo - compositional specifications

All Green Card applicants must remember about the right composition in their photos. The following criteria must be met:

  • Your head must point directly towards the camera.
  • Do not tilt your head up, down, or to the side.
  • The head should be between 50% and 69% of the image’s total height - measured from the top of the head (including the hair) to the bottom of the chin).
  • The eye height should be between 56% and 69% of the image height (measured from the bottom of the image to the horizontal eyes).

DV Lottery photo - technical specifications

Apart from compositional requirements, all Green Card application photos also have specific size, measurements, and resolution:

  • File Format: JPEG
  • File Size: max. 240 kilobytes (240 KB)
  • Photos for Green Cards must always have the dimensions of 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm).
  • Image resolution: min. 600 x 600 pixels (width x height) up to 1200 x 1200 pixels.
  • Picture dimensions: the pixel dimension must have a square aspect ratio (the height must be equal to the width).
  • Color depth: the image must be in color (24 bits per pixel). 24-bit black and white or 8-bit images won't be accepted.

DV Lottery photo of babies and newborns

The picture is valid when no other person is visible in it and the child is facing the camera with her eyes open. However, it is acceptable if a newborn's eyes are not entirely open. Also, the face cannot be covered by hands and the child cannot wear a pacifier in their Green Card photo.

Photo tool for your Green Card photo 

Using a professional photo service is not the only way to get the correct image for your Green Card application. By using the Passport Photo Online tool you will be able to take a picture for the diversity visa yourself using your smartphone. It is an online program where you upload a photo taken with your smartphone. The image is analyzed for correctness according to the requirements for Green Card Lottery photos. If the photo meets the requirements - the program automatically removes the background and sends you a photo ready to be attached to your application.

What if the program detects that your photo is not correct? Then you can try again as many times as needed so that your digital image complies with the technical and compositional specifications for Green Card photos. As soon as our app verifies the photo as suitable, it will remove the background and send it back to you by email.

It is simple, convenient, and most importantly - it has built-in verification software. Thanks to this, Green Card applicants don’t have to risk a photo rejection. With the help of technology, your application has a better chance of being approved.

Last update: 5/24/22

Frequently Asked Questions

❓ What is the photo size for the Green Card?

The photo size for the Green Card is 2 by 2 inches (2x2 in), being a standard US passport size photo.

❓ Is the Green Card photo same as the passport photo?

The Green Card photo and US passport photo have almost the same requirements. The difference between those two is that in the US passport photo you’re allowed to wear prescription glasses, while in Green Card photos you’re not.

❓ Can I smile in myGreen Card photo?

The Green Card photo is a biometric photo, hence your facial expression should remain neutral. A slight, natural smile might be allowed, but we'd recommend you to keep your facial expression as neutral as possible while taking yourGreen Card photo.

The Green Card is valid for 10 years. Since it will accompany you for quite some time, you might want to take a good-looking photo. On our website you can take as many photos as you need!

Sure thing! An easy-to-use photo tool will do! All you have to do is download our Photo AiD mobile app available for iOS and Android, or use our website. Take a photo of yourself and get your Green Card photo in 10 seconds!

Yes. Your facial expression must be neutral, so you shouldn’t smile, even briefly, or grim.

The DV lottery photo must be taken against a light, white or off white background. No shadows may be visible.

Yes.You cannot wear glasses in the Green Card photo. It is no longer acceptable to wear glasses in the photo for the DV Lottery since November 1, 2016. This means you should take them off before taking the picture. This includes both sunglasses and prescription glasses.

Covering the head in the Green Card picture is not allowed. The face must be fully visible, and scarves, hats, and other headgear partially cover the face. An exception is religious headgear, which is a symbol of belonging to a religious community. You’re allowed to wear it while taking your Green Card photo, but the face must be visible from the forehead to the chin. Otherwise, the application for the diversity visa will be rejected.

Yes. Scanned photos are accepted. However, there are requirements that the scanned picture for the Green Card must follow. First, it must meet all the requirements for digital photos. Secondly, the printed DV lottery photo should be scanned with a resolution of 300 dpi. Third, the scan points cannot be seen in the digital image.

As you won’t receive any feedback from the US authorities about your Green Card Lottery application, you must verify the correctness of your picture yourself. On the US Department of State website you can find examples of properly taken photos for the Green Card Lottery, however. Also you can use our photo tool for verification.

If your photo does not meet the specifications required by the US authorities, you will be disqualified and your diversity visa application won’t be considered for the Green Card Lottery.

Green Card photos have the same requirements as the U.S. passport and U.S visa photos, hence all Green Card photos are biometric photos, i.e. those that include our individual features that allow for quick and reliable identification.

About the document

What is the DV Lottery?

The DV Lottery is the common name for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, also known as the Green Card Lottery. It’s a US immigration program that allows you (and your closest family) to obtain the right of permanent residence in the US, commonly known as a ‘Green Card’. The lottery is organized annually by the US Department of State. Applications are selected by computer randomization.

Who can apply for the US Green Card?

Only nationals of countries from which immigration to the United States have not exceeded 50,000 in the past five years can participate. 

The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions. Europe and Africa always have the largest number of DV Lottery visas, which is approx. 80%, because citizens of other continents (especially residents of Asia and South America) are often represented in other visa categories.

Education and work experience

Each DV applicant must meet the specific educational or work experience requirements set out in the lottery regulations. However, even if the applicant wasn’t born in an eligible country, there are two other ways he or she might be able to qualify. For example, if your spouse was born in a country that is eligible, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth and apply for a Green Card simultaneously with your spouse. Moreover, you may claim the country of birth of one of your parents. It just has to be a country whose natives are eligible for the DV Program.

Entry period

The US Green Card applicant must adhere to the restricted dates for the entire process. This is very important as late entries won’t be accepted, and neither will be paper ones. Only one application per person can be completed within a single registration period.

Completing electronic entry for the DV Program

You must complete an online application to apply for the DV Program - paper applications are not considered. Applying for a US Green Card is free of charge and requires submitting a correct Green Card photo. You will need an email address to complete and confirm the application. It is important to keep your confirmation page and unique confirmation number, as they will give you access to the online system that informs about the entry status. You should also keep access to the email account provided on your DV Lottery application.

How to apply for a Green Card?

Green Card applicants must complete and submit an electronic application on the website within a limited period. To complete the application, you need to prepare personal data such as:

  • Name(s) exactly as on your passport – first name, middle name (of applicable), and last name.
  • Gender – male or female.
  • Birth date – day, month, year.
  • City and country where you were born.
  • Country of eligibility for the DV Program. 
  • Your Green Card photo submitted digitally, as well as digital DV Lottery photos of your spouse and all your children.
  • Mailing address, phone number, and email address.
  • Country of current residency.
  • Current level of education.
  • Current marital status.
  • Number of children and all their personal data.

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