If you are in applying for a US Visa, these are the requirements for a passport photograph for your visa application. 

To ensure you do the right thing, take note of the size, pose, print quality and all the do’s and don’t’s for the recommended passport photo for your US visa application.

It is also important that you take your passport at a photo studio that is familiar with the requirement by the US embassy for the passport photo for US visa application.

If you are in the city of Port Harcourt, you can take your US visa application passport photo at Visual Plus Studios.

Watch this video below for further instructions.

Guide for Passport Photos

You must provide one photo with your passport application.

All our photo policies apply to both adults and children under age 16. We have a few exceptions to our photo policies for infants.

Photo Basics
  1. Submit a color photo, taken in last 6 months
  2. Use a clear image of your face. Do not use filters commonly used on social media.
  3. Have someone else take your photo. No selfies.
  4. Take off your eyeglasses for your photo.
  5. Use a plain white or off-white background

Resolution, Print Size, and Quality

  • Submit a high resolution photo that is not blurry, grainy, or pixelated.
  • The correct size of a passport photo is:
    • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) 
    • Head must be between 1 -1 3/8 inches (25 – 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
  • Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper
  • Do not digitally change the photo
  • You cannot submit a damaged photo with holes, creases, or smudges.

Pose and Expression

  • Have a neutral facial expression or a natural smile, with both eyes open. 
  • Face the camera directly with full face in view. 
  • Note to parents of young children: we have sample photos in the Photo Examples section below with tips for submitting a baby’s passport photo. We realize that an infant’s pose and expression are challenging to maintain for a photo. 


  • You cannot wear glasses.
    • If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a signed note from your doctor with application.
  • Taken in clothing normally worn on a daily basis.  
  • You cannot wear a uniform, clothing that looks like a uniform, or camouflage attire. 
  • You cannot wear a hat or head covering.
    • If you wear a hat or head covering for religious purposes, submit a signed statement that verifies that the hat or head covering in your photo is part of traditional religious attire  worn continuously in public.
    • If you wear a hat or head covering for medical purposes, submit a signed doctor’s statement verifying the hat or head covering in your photo is used daily for medical purposes.
    • Your full face must be visible and your hat or head covering cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadows on your face.
  • You cannot wear headphones or wireless hands-free devices.
  • You can wear jewelry and keep on your facial piercings as long as they do not hide your face. Permanent tattoos are acceptable for passport purposes as well. 


Shadows and Lighting

passport photo for US VISA

Acceptable— Photo is clear and in color, reproduces skin tones accurately, and is properly exposed with no shadows


Recommended standard passport photograph for us usa visa in Nigeria

Unacceptable— Glasses not allowed

 Photo tip: Even when glasses are worn every day, you must remove your glasses for a photo.


Size and Position

recommended us passport photo for usa visa in port harcourt nigeria

Acceptable— The head is centered and the correct size.

 Photo tip: Photo should be 2”x2” (51 x 51 mm) with the head centered and sized between 1” and 1.4” (25 and 35 mm).

Acceptable— The head is centered and the correct size.

Resolution, Print Size, and Quality


Acceptable— Photo is sharp without any visible pixels or printer dots

Digital Alterations and Retouching


Unacceptable— Background is cropped out using a photo retouching tool, altering the outline of the head, face, and neck

 Photo tip: Take your photo in front of a white or off-white background instead of cropping out the background.

Pose and Expression


Acceptable— Applicant is directly facing camera with a neutral expression, eyes are clearly visible

Attire, Hats, and Hair

passport photograph for us visa application

Acceptable— Subject’s full face is visible, no shadows or clothing obscure the face

 Photo tip: You may not wear hats or head coverings, except for religious or medical purposes and with a signed statement.


us visa standard recommended passport photography photo

Acceptable— Background is uniform, plain and white or off-white, and free of shadows


US visa passport recommended for children photo

Acceptable— No other person is in the photo, the child is facing the camera with his eyes open

 Photo tip: It is acceptable if the infant’s eyes (particularly a newborn’s) are not, or are not entirely, open.


Unacceptable— Exaggerated facial expression

 Photo tip: The child’s facial expression must be neutral.

Recommended Passport Photo for US Visa (Nigeria)

Unacceptable— Object obscures portion of the face

 Photo tip: The child’s full face must be visible. Remove objects obscuring portions of the face.

Recommended Passport Photo for US Visa (Nigeria)

Unacceptable— Child is not facing the front with neutral expression

 Photo tip: Ensure the child’s head is facing forward with a neutral facial expression.

After taking your photo, proceed to the US visa website and follow the instructions for visa application.

It is important to adhere strictly to these rules to ensure your photograph is accepted for your application.

Visual Plus Studios is well acquainted with these rules and are your best choice to take your application photograph.

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