Prepare for Interview & Med Exam

Photos Needed

You and if applicable family members need passport photos for the Medical Examination and for the Visa Interview. Photos must be in color, identical, and recently taken – no longer than 6 months before. If more than one photo is required of one person, these photos must be identical.

The U.S. State Department has strict specification for photos for passports and visas. Make sure your photos meet those requirements – especially when made abroad.
The website of the State Department gives an overview of all requirements and shows examples of both acceptable and unacceptable photos.

Embassies and Consulates ask that each applicant bring four photos. Sometimes two or three suffice.
Most Panel Physicians need four photos. Some Physicians ask for two.

For Status Adjustment photos must be included with the I-485 Application ‘package’ of each applicant.
Most Civil Surgeons need four photos. Some Surgeons ask for two only.

Prepare photos to be inserted in your Visa Interview documentation ‘package’ by marking each photo. Write name, Case Number, on the back of each photo. Use a permanent marker.

Put each person’s photos in a separate small clear plastic bag or in a small envelope and attach this bag or envelope to a blank page. Put that page behind the form that requires the photo and attach with a small paper clip.

Go to and search Visa Photo Requirements.
You can print this information and give it to the photographer taking your picture(s).

For Selected Entrants already living in the U.S.:
Prepare photos and include photos for an I-485 Application ‘package’ as described.
Photos must be no more than 30 days old when the application is filed.
Photos must be printed on thin photo paper with a glossy finish. They must be unmounted and an cannot be retouched.