Photo Requirements for the Marriage-based Green Card Application

The application for a marriage-based Green Card is a pivotal moment for many couples seeking a fresh start in the United States. Every detail counts, especially when it comes to the photo requirements. At Alvva, we understand the importance of this step and want to ensure that you have all the necessary information to meet these requirements without any errors. Here’s our detailed guide based on the official guidelines of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Why Are Photographs Important?

Photographs are an essential part of your marriage-based Green Card application, as they help authorities confirm your identity. An error in this step can cause delays or the rejection of your application. Therefore, it is very important that you follow the technical specifications to the letter. You can find examples of acceptable photos by visiting this page.

Technical Specifications

For your marriage-based Green Card application, two recent photographs (taken within the last 6 months) of both the applicant and the U.S. spouse are required. This means that you will need to prepare a total of four photographs following the technical specifications required by USCIS. These specifications include:

Photographs for the marriage-based Green Card application must meet a series of technical requirements set by USCIS. These specifications include:

  • Size: The photo must measure 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm).
  • Head size: The head must measure between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) within the photo.
  • Image quality: Must be in color and reflect your current appearance (taken within the last 6 months).
  • Background: White and without shadows.
  • Facial expression: Neutral, with eyes open and looking directly at the camera.
  • Clothing: Regular clothing worn. Uniforms are not allowed, except for religious attire that is worn daily.
  • Glasses: As of November 2016, glasses are not allowed in photos.
  • Accessories: Hats or other accessories that cover the hair or head are not allowed, except for religious reasons.
  • Digital resolution: If the photo is digital, it must have a minimum resolution of 600x600 pixels and no more than 1200x1200 pixels.

You can find examples of acceptable photos by visiting this page.

Application Process and Forms

To apply for a marriage-based Green Card, it is necessary to complete the Adjustment of Status process if you’re converting your visa from a tourist visa, or Consular Processing if you are outside the United States. In addition, your application packet has to include the correct amount of physical photographs that meet USCIS requirements. Depending on your case, you may need additional forms. It is crucial to review the requirements on the USCIS website to ensure that your application is complete and correct.

The cost of applying for a marriage-based Green Card can vary depending on your specific case. In addition to the form fee, consider the cost of photographs and any required biometric fee. You can read our article to find out more about USCIS fees updates for 2024: How to budget for a marriage-based Green Card.

Get Expert Guidance to Apply for Your Green Card in 2024

Our mission at Alvva is to be your ally in the immigration process, offering you support and expert guidance by phone, WhatsApp, and email to eliminate errors in your application. We understand the complexities of the marriage-based Green Card application process and want to ensure that your path to residency in the U.S. is as clear and straightforward as possible. Having the support of experts who understand your needs and aspirations can make a difference in your immigration experience. Contact us today to take the first step, at no charge!

Para tu aplicación de la Green Card por matrimonio, se requieren dos fotografías recientes (tomadas en los últimos 6 meses) tanto del solicitante como del cónyuge estadounidense. Esto significa que deberás preparar un total de cuatro fotografías siguiendo las especificaciones técnicas requeridas por USCIS.