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EAD Photo Size & Requirements

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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
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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

Employment Authorization Document Photo (EAD photo)

EAD photo is an important element which, only when correctly prepared, lets applicant obtain this employment benefit. 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 U.S. non-citizens. If you want to know the specific USCIS photo requirements for EAD – you need to read this guide, prepared especially for you! You will 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.

EAD photo requirements

Nowadays you don’t have to go to a professional photographer to get your EAD card photo – you can simply use the PhotoAiD and its tools and learn everything from our site on your own. So what are the most important EAD photo requirements USCIS demands from applicant?

General EAD photo requirements

  • Photo must be in color.
  • It can’t be a selfie – ask someone else to take your photo.
  • It has to be taken in front of a plain white or off-white background.
  • EAD photo size must be 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm).
  • It has to be a high resolution photo – not blurry, grainy, or pixelated.
  • You must remove your glasses, headphones and any headgear.
  • Your face must have neutral expression.

Validity of the EAD photo

You must provide two valid photos, which means that they have to be taken within 30 days of your application – USCIS has to confirm your current appearance, so if you have changed in some kind of way try to take a new, more suitable EAD photo. This will help you to avoid possible troubles.

Photo quality

The photo must be in high resolution, not digitally changed, not damaged in any way. Try not to make it blurry or pixelated – the good quality is required. If you are scanning your photo it can’t have printer dots or any scratches. You must print it on glossy or matte photo paper.

Size and Position

Required EAD photo size is 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) 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 in full-face view directly facing 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 line of the jaw and temples.

Face expression

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 Employment Authorization Document, the EAD application photo requirement is to not have your mouth open, but it is allowed to have a natural, slight smile – we don’t recommend it though, because if in that way you will change a neutral expression of your face, than the application might be rejected.

Glasses, Head covering and other items

Because your face must be exposed, you cannot wear sunglasses or even everyday glasses. Clothing should be totally normal, worn on a daily basis, so it is not allowed to wear any kind of uniform or camouflage costume. Also you cannot wear 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 are hiding your face. However, If you cannot remove your glasses or a 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 shadows on your face.

Shadows, lighting and background

As you already know, the photo must be in color so that it shows the tone of your skin and actual color of your hair and eyes. It is also recommended to take the photo in daylight – it is a good way to avoid the “red eyes” effect. There cannot be any shadows in the background, or your face and neck, so make sure to set up a picture taking session in front of the window in full daylight. Also to avoid shadows, keep your camera at the correct distance (about 1.2 m from you). No objects can be visible in the background, which should stay neutral, white or off-white.

How to fulfill every single EAD photo requirement?

There are a lot of USCIS photo requirements for 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 and upload it on PhotoAiD site. We will take care of the rest!

How it works?

Our tool allows you to take your EAD photo with your own phone at home. Just ask someone for help with taking a photo of you, prepare yourself according to EAD photo requirements and done! Now upload a file and in a few minutes you will receive a ready photo back. What kind of help exactly can we offer?:

  • PhotoAiD will remove the existing background from the photo and replace it with the correct one, if necessary. PhotoAiD tool sets the white background in a professional way, so you don’t have to worry about it anymore.
  • Our tool will also crop your photo to a proper EAD photo size and prepare the frame with which you will be able to print your photos and use them in the future.
  • Photo checker also verifies facial exposition, the position of the head, color, lightning and other elements to let you know, in a case of any mistake, to take another shot.

Get an Employment Authorization Document photo with your phone, upload it online and enjoy the perfectly prepared EAD photo waiting for you on your e-mail. Learn with us how to prepare and what mistakes to avoid.

The most common mistakes of EAD card photo

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:

  • Leaving it underexposed or overexposed, with shadows and red eye effect,
  • Submitting old or damaged photo,
  • Wearing glasses, head covering or other items,
  • Having opened mouth, closed eyes, wide smile,
  • Wearing clothes that are not allowed such as uniform.

Remember that you photo cannot be out of date. It should be a recent photo to show your current appearance. Also don’t forget about the right EAD photo size: 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm). 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: 31.08.2021

Frequently Asked Questions

💡 Who is eligible for an EAD card?

For EAD card are eligible the J-2 dependents, so a spouse or an unmarried child under 21 years of age of a J-1 exchange visitors, also foreign students with F-1 visa and M-1 visa, eligible dependents of employees of diplomatic missions, International Organization, or NATO and family-based nonimmigrants.

💡 What does the EAD card allow you to do?

The EAD allows the owner (non-citizen) to legally work in the United States.

💡 Is EAD the same as a Green Card?

The Employment Authorization Document is not the same as a Green Card and it does not guarantee any immigrant status to its owner.

Average processing time at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is 3-5 months, but mostly it takes about 1,5-2 months to receive the EAD.

The application process for EAD requires preparation and mailing all the documentation: photos, USCIS fee, form G-1145, form I-765, work permission letter, photocopy of passport, photocopy of DS-2019 documents, photocopy of electronic I-94 record, financial documentation, proof of marriage.

Receiving approval for EAD is not enough to start working, because it does not prove anything to the employer.

You may renew EAD any time starting from 4 months before the current one expiration.

About the document

The Employment Authorization Document – Form I-766

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 visitors) and it allows to work in any, full-time or part-time, job. Employment eligibility is based on the dates listed on the EAD.

The Employment Authorization Document Card

The document is issued in a plastic card form. It contains all 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

The application process for Employment Authorization Document consists of two steps:

  • Preparation and mailing the application materials – take your time to think, gather and organize your materials before sending them.
  • Receiving the Employment Authorization Document (average processing time at the USCIS is 3-5 months).

You need to prepare all the required documentation:

  • Two photos, taken within the past 30 days,
  • USCIS Fee,
  • Form G-1145 to confirm receipt and obtain case number,
  • Original EAD form,
  • J-2 Work Permission Letter,
  • Photocopy of passport biographical page and visa stamp for the J-1 and J-2,
  • Copy of J-2’s expired passport,
  • Photocopy of DS-2019 documents,
  • Photocopy of electronic I-94 record,
  • Financial documentation,
  • Photocopy of marriage certification.

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 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 properly you will receive the official approval of work authorization in the United States.

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