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The EAD photo is an important element which, when correctly prepared, lets an applicant obtain this employment benefit. The Employment Authorization Document, also known as EAD or work permit, is a document issued by the USCIS, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, which provides temporary employment authorization to non-citizens in the U.S. If you want to know the specific USCIS photo requirements for EAD you will need to read this guide, that has been prepared especially for you to get to know how to take a proper photo at home, using just your phone. With our tips and help your application is going to be easily approved.
Nowadays you don’t have to go to a professional photographer to get your EAD card photo, you can simply use the PhotoAiD app and its tools and learn everything you need to know from our site on your own. So what are the most important EAD photo requirements that the USCIS demands from applicants?
General EAD photo requirements are as follows:
You must provide 2 (two) valid photos, which means that they have to be taken within 30 days of your application as the USCIS has to confirm your current appearance, so if you have changed your appearance in some kind of way, you should try to take a new and more suitably up-to-date EAD photo.
The photo must be in high resolution and not be digitally altered, or damaged in any way. Try not to make it blurry or pixelated as good quality is required. If you are scanning your photo it can’t have printer dots or any scratches. You must print the image on glossy or matte photo paper.
The required EAD photo size is 2 x 2 inches (51mmx51mm) with the head centered and sized between 1 and 1.4 inches (25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. The photo should be taken with a front-facing view and you should be directly looking into the camera, showing the entire face and forehead of a person. In addition, the photo has got to show the oval of the face, the jawline and temples.
Remember to have a neutral facial expression with both eyes open. You can’t laugh, have a big smile or show your teeth. When it comes to the Employment Authorization Document, the EAD application photo requirement is to not have your mouth open, but you are allowed to have a slightly natural smile, we don’t recommend it though, because if in any way you will change the neutral expression of your face, then the application might be rejected.
Because your face must be exposed, you cannot wear sunglasses or even everyday glasses. Your clothing should be totally normal clothes that are worn on a daily basis, so it is forbidden to wear any kind of uniform or camouflage costume. You are also forbidden from wearing a hat, a cap or any other head covering. Headphones and wireless hands-free devices are forbidden as well. Facial piercings are not allowed if they cover your face in any way. However, If you cannot remove your glasses or head covering for medical reasons, you should include a signed doctor’s statement which will verify your condition. Please note that in such a case your full face must be visible and your head covering cannot cast any shadows on your face.
As you already know, the photo must be in color so that it shows the tone of your skin and the actual color of your hair and eyes. It is also recommended to take the photo in daylight as this is the best way to avoid the red eye effect. There cannot be any shadows in the background, or on your face and neck, so make sure to set up your photo session in front of a window in full daylight. In order to avoid shadows, keep your camera at the correct distance (about 1.2m away from you). No objects can be visible in the background, which should be neutral, white or off-white.
There are a lot of USCIS photo requirements for an EAD and we understand that it can be hard to fulfill them all. However, with our help and advice the whole process is going to be much easier! You just need to take a photo of yourself with your phone, upload the image to the PhotoAiD site that will take care of the rest.
Our tool allows you to take your EAD photo with your own phone at home. Just ask someone for help so that they can take a photo of you, prepare yourself according to the EAD photo requirements and done. Now upload the picture and in a few minutes you will receive your photo back, which will be ready to attach to your application. Exactly what kind of help can we offer?
Get an Employment Authorization Document photo with your phone, upload it online and enjoy the perfectly prepared EAD photo waiting for you in your email inbox. Learn how to prepare and what mistakes to avoid.
These simple mistakes can cause the rejection of your application when you are trying to get an Employment Authorization Document. Let’s see what not to do with your EAD photo:
Remember that your photo cannot be out of date and it should be a recent photo to show your current appearance, taken within the last 30 days. It is important that you don’t forget about the correct size for your EAD photo: 2 x 2 inches (51mmx51mm). Another common mistake would be to apply filters to an image or to edit a photo through apps or computer programs, the photo must show your natural appearance, with no changes at all.
Last update: 3/24/23
Those eligible for an EAD card are:
The EAD allows the owner (non-citizen) to legally work in the United States.
The Employment Authorization Document is not the same as a Green Card and it does not guarantee any immigrant status to its owner.
The average processing time at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is 3-5 months, but most of the time it takes about 1.5-2 months to receive your EAD.
The application process for the EAD requires preparation and for you to mail in all of the following documentation:
Receiving approval for your EAD is not enough to start working, because it does not prove anything to the employer.
You can renew your EAD as often as you like, as long as you are still eligible to do so.
You can renew your EAD as early as 4 (four) months before the expiration date of your current one, it is advised that you begin the renewal process as soon as possible to ensure that you have it renewed in time, in case of delay.
If you were approved for an EAD but still have not received your card in the mail, then you will need to contact the USCIS in order to find out the tracking number, so that you can see if it was delivered or not. If it was lost in the mail and the USPS (United States Postal Service) were responsible then you will be issued with a new one at no cost. However, if they deem it your responsibility you will be required to file for a lost EAD card and pay a processing fee.
EAD is an employment benefit available to J-2 dependents (J-2 dependents are defined as a spouse or an unmarried child under 21 years of age of a J-1 exchange visitor) and it allows them to work in any full-time or part-time job. Employment eligibility is based on the dates listed on the EAD.
The document is issued as a plastic card. It contains all of the basic information about its owner: full name, place and date of birth, sex, immigrant category, A-number, card number, dates of validity and EAD photo of the holder.
The application process for the Employment Authorization Document consists of two steps:
You need to prepare all of the required documentation:
The most important information is that you must be present in the U.S. to apply for the EAD. In some cases, if too many items are missing from your application, or if the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services determines you are not eligible for a J-2 EAD, USCIS will return the entire application to you or they may deny the application. However, if everything is done correctly you will receive the official approval of work authorization in the United States.
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