New Digital Photograph Requirements While Filling the US Visa Application

New Digital Photograph Requirements While Filling the US Visa Application

Posted on September 16, 2014

Applications from certain countries do not require to upload a digital photograph while filling up the DS-160 Visa Application Form. US Embassy / Consulates  may require these visa applicants to take a Biometric Appointment for Fingerprinting & Digital Photograph  prior to the visa Interview or may ask applicants to bring 2 inch by 2 inch photograph at the time of interview.

In the recent past, there have been some changes to the DS-160 Visa Application form where applicants applying for US Visa are no longer required to upload a digital photograph while filling up the DS160 form. These applicants must set up an additional biometric appointment at the Visa application center (VAS) or Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC) before the US Visa Interview at the US Consulate or Embassy.

During the Biometric interview process, biometric information including fingerprints and digital photographs will be collected at the VAC or OFC. Applicants for U.S. visas are required to appear in person for an appointment at the VAC and the visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

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This process is not application to applicants from all countries. Applicants only from certain countries are required to follow this process. Below is the list of US Embassies and Consulates in the world that may require you to go to a VAC center for biometric or the Embassy or Consulate may ask you to bring  2 inch x 2 inch passport size photograph with a white background. You may no longer be asked to upload a digital photograph while filling out a DS-160 form when applying at these embassies or consulates.

Argentina, Buenos Aires Gabon, Libreville Mexico, Nuevo Laredo
Belize, Belmopan India, Chennai Mexico, Tijuana
Benin, Cotonou India, Hyderabad Namibia, Windhoek
Brazil, Brasilia India, Kolkata Niger, Niamey
Brazil, Recife India, Mumbai Nigeria, Abuja
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro India, New Delhi Nigeria, Lagos
Brazil, San Paulo Lesotho, Maseru Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby
Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou Malawi, Lilongwe Samoa, Apia
Burma, Rangoon Mexico, Ciudad Juarez Suriname, Paramaribo
Cambodia, Phnom Penh Mexico, Guadalajara Swaziland, Mbabane
Cameroon, Yaounde Mexico, Hermosillo Togo, Lome
Chad, N’Djamena Mexico, Matamoros Tunisia, Tunis
Congo, Brazzaville Mexico, Merida Uganda, Kampala
El Salvador, San Salvandor Mexico, Mexico City Uruguay, Montevideo
Eritrea, Asmara Mexico, Monterrey Zambia, Lusaka
Ethiopia, Addis Ababa Mexico, Nogales Zimbabwe, Harare


Some consulates or embassies still require you to upload a digital photograph based on the US Visa Photo requirements.


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