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The following lists the document required for each participant application. Generate the full version with populated data through the user’s online panel.
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A participant’s portrait photo is a vital part of their visa application. When the applicant begins their visa application process, take a photo that meets the size and content specifications of the DOS. Upload a digital copy in jpg format for our records.
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Step 1 Prepare a photo that meets the Department of State’s requirements
Step 2 Use this photo tool to crop the photo so that it matches the requirements
Step 3 Upload file via the Participant Application panel - click the avatar circle icon on the right
Step 4 Bring a hard copy of the photo to the visa interview

Methods. Use a professional photo service to ensure your photos meet all the requirements (preferred) or have someone else to take the photo for you. If you take a selfie, please make sure it’s done properly.

Important reminders. The photo tool from Travel.State.Gov is intended for photo cropping only. The facial recognition features of the tool may not be accurate. Refer to the DOS official website for specific instructions, and bring some cash with you on the day of your visa interview in case the photo needs to be retaken.

• Do not digitally enhance or alter the image in any way
• Do not crop out the background to make it appear white or off white using a photo retouching tool
• The photo must be clear and sharp without any visible pixels or printer dots
• Directly face the camera with a neutral expression - both the eyes and your full face should be clearly visible
• Do not wear glasses or clothing that obscures your face
• Ensure that the head is in the center of the frame
• Ensure that the background is plain white or off-white and has no shadows

Specifications. Ensure that the photo is taken within the last six months, in digital jpg format, 600x600 pixels (min) 1200x1200 pixels (max). Have a 2” x 2” hard copy (with a resolution of 300 pixels/inch and take it with you to the view interview.