Whether a tourist wants to apply for a visa for international travel or for immigration to a coumntry, there are specific requirements a passport or visa photo must meet to be approved. There are applications for a new visa, passport book, passport card, green card or in some cases, a renewal.
The size of the submitted picture must be 2 inches by 2 inches, printed in color and sized so the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. The photo should be taken in front of a white background. Officials regulate the composition of visa and passport photos to make it easy to identify the person pictured.
The clothing worn in the picture should reflect the subject's everyday appearance. Avoid hats, sunglasses or even glare from prescription glasses that might obscure the person in the photo. It's also important for the subject to fully face the camera, maintain a natural expression and completely open their eyes. This is especially important to remember when taking pictures of a child for a passport or visa application.
Do not staple your photo to the application form. To expedite the application process it is critical that every instruction is followed. Carefully review the application form before submitting, along with the application fee, and ensure all of the instructions have been followed to the letter. Contact the appropriate agency or office with any questions.
Find an online photo editor that can help you size and submit the digital photo yourself. An online editor is useful for photos for renewals and new passports. The site also provides a detailed description of the photo requirements for visas and passports.