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No Eyeglasses in Visa Photographs (Effective November 1, 2016)


The U.S. Department of State recently updated the photo requirements for visa applications. Previously, eyeglasses did not need to be removed when taking a visa or passport photograph as long as they were not causing a glare. However, starting from November 1, 2016, eyeglasses will no longer be allowed in visa photos. The other requirements remain the same: 2 x 2 inches in size, taken in the last 6 months, taken while directly facing the camera with a neutral expression, and in front of a plain white or off-white background. For more details, please visit:

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