DV Lottery Photo

DV Lottery Photo

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Green Card Photo - Size & Requirements

DV Lottery Photo, Green Card
Width: 2 in
Height: 2 in
300 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 1.29 in
  • Bottom of the Photo to the Eye Line: 1.18 in
Is it suitable for online submission?
Is it printable?
Background Color

How to take a photo?

Body-camera distance
Body-camera distance
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face

DV Lottery (Green Card) Photo Guidelines

Do you want to take the correct US green card photo? Would you like to know what are the most recent requirements for DV lottery photo? Are you wondering how to take a DV lottery photo with a smartphone? If you answer yes to these questions, you definitely need to read this guide. These are tips on how to pose for a photo to get your application approved. You will also learn how to prepare for a photo that you will take with your smartphone at home. In addition, you will learn all the possibilities that PhotoAiD offers, i.e. the application and the DV lottery photo tool online. If you're ready, it's time to start!

Green Card photo requirements

Photo is a very important part of the application for a US green card. It must meet a number of requirements published by the US Department of State. You can take a DV lottery photo at a professional photographer or by yourself with your phone, as long as you comply with government requirements. You can use PhotoAiD for this, which is a DV lottery photo tool. Below you will find all the most important tips and requirements for US green card photo. You will learn how to pose for a photo, what to wear and how to look to make your dv lottery photo pass the approval process. And you can meet all these requirements even by taking a picture at home with an iPhone or other smartphone.

Green Card photo general requirements

  • Along with the application for Diversity Visa Program, upload 1 digital photo OR a scan of a printed photo that is at least 600x600 to a maximum of 1200x1200 pixels in size and is not heavier 240 KB.
  • Photo must be in color. Black and white photos will not be accepted.
  • The picture must be in JPG format.
  • Photo resolution: at least 300 dots per inch (dpi); preferably 600 dpi.
  • The photo must be 24-bit color depth.
  • If you are attaching a scan of a photo, the print must be scanned with a resolution of 300 dpi.

Validity of the photo

DV lottery photo must be valid, which means taken within 6 months from the date of applying for the US green card. In addition, if you have changed a lot in the last few months − lost weight, grown a thick beard, radically changed your hairstyle − also take a new green card photo. It is because the DV lottery photo has to reflect your current appearance. For more situations that oblige you to make a new one, see the FAQ section.

Resolution and Size

The appropriate dimensions in pixels of a digital green card photo is minimum 600 x 600 and maximum 1200 x 1200 pxl. Dimensions must have a square aspect ratio. This means that the height of the image in pixels must be equal to its width. The scanned photo resolution should be of at least 300 dpi, but preferably of 600 dpi. Also, you can only scan a printed photo that is the size of 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm).

Remember: If you are applying for an immigrant visa using Form DS-260 or you are applying for an immigrant visa as a Diversity Visa Selectee, you must ALSO provide two identical printed photos at your immigrant visa interview. The size of printed photos is 2 x 2 inch (51 x 51 mm).

You can compress the image if necessary so that it is less than the maximum file size. Just make sure the compression ratio is less than or equal to 20:1.

Photo quality

The photo must be in focus, sharp and of good quality. There must be no visible pixels or blur. The scanned photo must not have scratches, scratches or bends. Also, make sure that there are no visible scanning dots on the image.

Head in the DV lottery photo

The head in the US green card photo must be between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inch from the bottom of the chin to the tip of the hair (between 25 and 35 mm). If you are uploading a digital photo, make sure your head is between 50% and 69% of the total height of the image measured from the top of the head (including hair) to the bottom of the chin.

Digital Alterations and Retouching

Digital alterations and retouching in the US green card image are not allowed. You cannot remove the background from the photo or crop the photo yourself. You cannot retouch your appearance in the photo. You must leave the natural skin tone and natural eye color.

Pose and Expression

A very important requirement for US DV lottery photo. The photo is biometric, so you should pose absolutely in front of the camera. Both the head and body must face straight ahead. The photograph must show the entire face and forehead of the subject. To visualize the biometric features of the face, the image must show the face oval, the line of the jaw and temples.

The face type should be neutral. You can't laugh and show your teeth. However, unlike the photos required in European documents, you can have a slight, natural smile in the photo.


The photographed person should be in front of a neutral, light-colored background. No objects or other people must be visible in the background. No objects or other people must be visible in the background. Remember that our application and DV lottery photo tool work as background removal. You don't have to worry about the background of the photo as PhotoAiD will remove it automatically.

Shadows and Lighting

The photo must be high-contrast and should reflect the natural skin tones. The image should be properly exposed, i.e. non-underexposed and non-overexposed. It is very important that there are no shadows in the background, face, neck or shoulders in the photo. You can find information on how to avoid shadows in the US green card photo in the part of the guide on taking photos with your phone by yourself.

Hats and Hair

You cannot wear hats or head coverings in the DV Lottery photo. However, headgear worn for religious or medical purposes is permitted. To be able to be photographed in them, you must have a signed statement, and the scarf must not cover the face and cast a shadow.

You can have your hair loose and your ears don't need to be visible. However, remember that your hair must not cover your face. So you will have to push him back.


As of 2016, you cannot have any glasses on your US green card photo and other US biometric photos. This includes prescription glasses, sunglasses, and tinted glasses. The point is that the eyeglass frames may obscure the shape of the eyes, and there may be reflections in the lenses that obscure the irises. So remember - no glasses on DV lottery photo!

Green card photo − take it with your phone!

Although the US Department of State recommends using a professional visa photo service to ensure the photo meets all the requirements, you may take the photo yourself and it is fully acceptable. Below you will learn tips for  taking a green card photo, so you can take a photo with your phone. Completely alone in your own home. Learn how to prepare and what mistakes to avoid.

DV lottery photo with a phone

Prepare a tripod or ask for help

To have the perfect picture for your green card, ask someone for help. Selfie may not be accepted as it distorts the face's proportions. You can also mount the phone on a tripod and even surface, thanks to which the frame will be appropriate and the photo will not be blurred.

Set the lighting

The lighting in the photo is the hardest thing to deal with, but we'll help you handle it. Stand in front of the window in full light. Daylight that illuminates both sides of the face evenly will be the best. To avoid shadows in the picture, keep your camera at a distance of about 4 feet (1.2 m) from you.

Get dressed!

How to dress for a US green card photo? There are no dress requirements! You can wear casual clothes, but remember - don't wear a uniform or anything eccentric. Consider wearing a shirt other than black or white. These colors disturb the contrast between the background and the photographed person. You risk the clothing in the image to blend into the background, which may cause the image to be rejected.

Pose according to the green card requirements

You already know the requirements for DV lottery photography, so all you have to do is stand in front of the camera, put on a neutral expression and take a shot. Make sure that the photo is in focus and your head is in the center of the frame.

How does the DV lottery photo tool work?

It is a tool with many functions that allows you to take a green card photo with your own phone. How to take a picture? Place your phone on a tripod or ask someone for help. Dress according to green card photo requirements. Upload the file to the application or online with a DV lottery photo tool and wait a few minutes. You will receive a ready photo back, which you can immediately attach to your US green card application. How is this possible? The basis of our tool is artificial intelligence, which works like:

Background remover

The application and the DV lottery photo tool themselves remove the background from the photo. Therefore, unlike other programs, you don't have to worry about setting a white background. Regardless of what background you are photographing, our program will remove the background from the photo in a professional manner.

Size cropper

You don't have to worry about the right green card photo size. Our online tool will crop your photo and crop your image to the size required for a digital US green card photo application.

Photo checker

It's a validator and photo checker in one. Artificial intelligence assesses the degree of biometric facial features. Checks if the face is exposed, eyes open, mouth is closed, if there are no shadows in the photo. If everything is OK, you receive a verified photo that you attach to your application.

Taking photos of your baby or toddler

Taking your child off the green card doesn't have to be difficult if you follow a few tips. As for the requirements for a CHILD photo, they are generally the same as for an adult photo. This is the case with children over 6 years of age. Pictures of newborns and infants are treated with greater understanding. For example, a newborn baby does not need to look directly at objects and may have a naturally parted mouth. But he shouldn't cry. Also, parents' hands and other objects cannot be seen in the frame. Remember that with PhotoAiD you don't have to worry about the background and size of the photo. Our DV lottery photo tool does it for you.

DV lottery photo - the most common mistakes

The US Department of State always publishes a list of most common mistakes that are responsible for the rejection of many applications for the Diversity Visa Program. See what NOT to DO when preparing a green card photo:

  • The photo is underexposed or overexposed (poor contrast).
  • You submit the photo from the previous year.
  • The red eye effect or the 'flying head' effect (white blouse blends into the background).
  • You are wearing glasses in the photo.
  • There are no shadows in the photo.
  • You are wearing clothes that look like a uniform.
  • You have closed eyes or open mouth.
  • You have a wide smile which is not allowed.
  • The photo is processed in a graphics program and retouched.
  • The head in the frame is too close or too far.

Last update: 28.08.2021

Frequently Asked Questions

❓ How many photos do I need to submit for my US Green Card application?

When you apply for the DV Lottery, you apply online and attach 1 (one) digital photo.

❓ What is the picture size for the DV lottery?

At least 600 x 600 pxl, but preferably 1200 x 1200 pxl (digital photo). Additionally, if you are going to a green card interview, you must bring 2 printed 2 x 2 inch (51 x 51 mm) photos.

❓ What are the general requirements for a green card photo?

  • Photo in color and in focus
  • Not older than 6 months from the date of submitting the application
  • Digital biometric photo
  • Dimensions 1200 x 1200 px (square proportion)
  • No larger than 240 KB
  • When your photo is more than 6 months old.
  • When you have undergone significant facial surgery or trauma.
  • If you have added or removed numerous/large facial piercings or tattoos.
  • If you have undergone a significant amount of weight loss or gain.
  • When you have obtained a new gender identity.

Yes, you can take a DV lottery photo with an iPhone and other devices equipped with digital cameras that take high quality photos.

Download and install the PhotoAiD application from the AppStore. Take a picture according to the guidelines. Upload the file in the application and receive the finished digital photo.

Pose compliant with the requirements for DV lottery photos. Take a shot with your digital camera or smartphone and upload the file using our DV lottery photo tool or PhotoAiD applications for iPhone or Android devices. The editor will prepare the photo in accordance with the technical requirements and check if the file meets the governmental requirements. You will receive the finished photo by email.

Yes, you can upload a scan of the photo to your application. However, you must meet the scanning requirements. That is, scan a photo printed 2 x 2 inch (51 x 51 mm). Scan with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. If you need to compress the file, make sure that the compression ratio is less than or exactly 20:1.

The biometric photo reflects the most important biometric features of the face of the person in the picture. These are individual features that allow you to quickly and reliably identify the person in the photo. The features of this type are the jawline, face oval, eye spacing, iris color, eye shape, mouth shape, nose length and many more.

You can have any clothes you want with exceptions. You shouldn't wear uniforms in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.

You can have any clothes you want with exceptions. You shouldn't wear uniforms in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily. In addition, we recommend that you do not wear a white and black shirt as it will distort the contrast of the photo.

No, you must not wear medical glasses, sunglasses, or tinted glasses. This has been the case since 2016. The exception is glasses worn for justified medical indications, for example as a consequence of a difficult medical operation.

Yes, but make sure the jewelry does not cover any part of the face or eyebrow. Make-up is best worn as you wear every day, so that the photo reflects your normal look.

Hats are generally not allowed in the green card photo. The exception are hats and scarves worn for religious reasons. You can wear them as long as they don't cover your face. If the scarf normally covers the nose or chin - you have to pull it back. You must also have a certificate that it is a hat you wear on a daily basis for religious reasons.

In general, you are not allowed to digitally enhance or alter the photo to change your appearance in any way. However, this does not apply to our DV lottery photo tool, which crops the image and removes the background professionally and does not interfere with your natural look or color of the photo.

The key requirements for a green card photo are the position and appearance of the face. The photo must be that of the entire face centered in the photo horizontally. Profile photos or photos out of focus will not be accepted.

About the document

DV Lottery Program

A green card application is the common name of an application to be submitted to participate in the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The name of the program in operation is also Green Card Lottery and DV Lottery. It is a program that allows non-US citizens to obtain an immigrant visa, and with it the right of permanent residence, allowing, among other things, to work legally in the USA. Importantly, the immigrant visa under the Green Card Lottery may be granted not only to the applicant, but also to his entire family.

Each year, 55,000 visas are up for grabs under this immigration program. The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year. Europe and Africa always get the most visas on the DV Lottery program. This number is as high as 80%. This is due to the fact that citizens of other continents are much more present in other categories of visas to the US (especially Asian and South American citizens).

Who can apply for a Green Card?

The US green card can be applied for by nationals of countries permitted by the US authority to participate in the lottery (The rule of Eligibility). The main factor is the low number of immigrants in recent years. In addition, each applicant must meet the requirements for areas such as education and work experience. In addition, they must comply with the entry period and complete the Electronic Entry for the DV Program correctly and attach the US green card photo.

How to apply for a Green Card?

Applying for a visa under the Green Card Lottery first takes place online. You must apply online at https://dvprogram.state.gov/ and attach a digital dv lottery photo. Please note that the US government will require a lot of personal information from you. In the application, you must inform about your personal data, but also the data of your immediate family members.

You need to keep an eye on the time slot as green card applications can only be submitted for one month each year. Also remember that the lottery for a given year takes place 2 years earlier. This means that the DV Lottery for visas issued for 2022 takes place in 2020.

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