USCIS Changes Photo Standards

USCIS Changes Photo Standards


Photographs required for applications submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) after September 1, 2004, must be of a full-frontal face position instead of the three-quarter face position currently required. Although the change was announced by the USCIS on August 2, 2004, applicants may submit either three-quarter or full-frontal photographs until September 1, 2004. The application process for any individual who has already submitted materials that include photos with the three-quarter standard will not be affected by this change.

As before, all photos must be of just the applicant and must be no more than 30 days old when the application is filed. For more information on photo standards for the U.S. Department of State, visit the U.S. Department of State website or contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center.

For questions about the new photo requirements or other immigration issues, please contact Lisa Stephanian Burton or Shari Kleiner.