Passport, Visa, Immigration Photos

We specialize in passport photos, green card photos and immigration photos for all countries with no appointment is necessary! Passport, immigration and green card photos only take minutes at Photo Mission to process. We will also digitize your passport size photos on to a CD for your convience.

We have all of the specifications that you will need for your passport photos, visa photos and citizenship photos.

Photos for the green card lottery as well as electronic photographs for forms such as DS -160 (non immigrant electronic visa application)

We can print passport photos in any size for every country.

Photo Mission is conveniently located in mid-town Manhattan at 22 East 40th street, between Park and Madison Avenues. Call today for competitive rates and more information [212] 972-8701.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many passport photos are required to be submitted with the passport application?
Two (2) identical photos must be submitted with the passport application.

How many photographs are required to be submitted with the visa application?
One (1) photograph of the visa applicant must be submitted with each visa application (following the instructions in this Photography Guide).

What type of paper are the photographs to be printed on?
The photos should be printed on thin photo-quality paper.

Do the photos have to be in color?
Yes, the photos to must be in color.

How recent must the photos be?
The photos must be no older than 6 months.

How big must the photos be?
The photos must measure exactly 2 inches by 2 inches.

What pose should the photos show?
The photo should show a clear, front view, full face of the customer. The customer should be in normal street attire, without hat or dark glasses against a plain white or off-white background. The customer’s expression should be natural, with both eyes open, looking directly ahead. Normal, unexaggerated smiles are acceptable, but unusual expressions and squinting are not. Photos in which the face of the person being photographed is not in focus will not be accepted.

How big should the head be in the photo?
The customer''s head, measured from the bottom of the chin to the top of the hair, should be between 1 inch and 1-3/8 inches. The head should be centered in the photo. The head of the person being photographed should not be tilted up, down or to the side. It should cover about 50% of the area of the photo.

Can hats or religious headgear be worn for the photo?
Unless worn daily for religious reasons, all hats or headgear should be removed for the photo. A signed statement from the applicant must be submitted with the application verifying the item is worn daily for religious reasons.  In all cases, no item or attire should cover or otherwise obscure any part of the face.

Can eyeglasses be worn for the photo?
Eyeglasses worn on a daily basis can be worn for the photo. However, there should be no reflections from the eyeglasses that obscures the eyes.

Can sunglasses or tinted glasses be worn?
Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required.

Can work uniforms be worn for the photo?
Uniforms, clothing that looks like a uniform, and camouflage attire should not be worn in photographs except in the case of religious attire that is worn daily. Otherwise, normal street attire should be worn.

Can a parent or guardian appear in the photo of a minor child?
No, the minor child must be the only subject in the photo. Nothing used to support the minor child, whether by mechanical or human means, should be in the camera''s frame.

Are photos that are copied from recent driver licenses or other official documents acceptable?
No, only original photographs are acceptable. Copied or digitally scanned photos of photos will not be accepted. In addition, photos must not be retouched to alter the customer''s appearance in any way.

Are snapshots, magazine photos, or photos from vending machine acceptable?              

No, snapshots, magazine photos, most vending machine prints, or full-length photographs are not acceptable.

May photos be taken with a digital camera?
If the digital camera has sufficient resolution — capable of capturing and storing images with 1 million pixels (megapixels) or more — it can be used to take the photos. However, printing of digital images is best done by professional photography processing labs because many off-the-shelf digital printers cannot achieve the image-quality required for passport and visa photographs. In any case, the image-quality criteria, described on this website, must be met in the submitted conventional film photo and/or the digital image printed photo.


Below you will find information on passport photos for the European unions

Passports of the European Union
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As the European Union does not issue a single common passport, Passports of the European Union refers to the different passports issued by the 27 nations of the EU. European passports share common design features[1] such as the burgundy coloured cover, the use of the words "European Union" (before 1997: "European Community") in 23 of the EU official languages on the first page, as well as common security features and biometrics.[2] Some EU countries also issue non-European passports to people whose citizenship of that country does not make them citizens of the European Union (e.g., British Overseas Territories citizens, British National (Overseas)).

Since 1980s, the European Union member states have started to harmonise the following aspects of the designs of their passports:[1]
[edit] Overall format

* Paper size B7 (ISO/IEC 7810 ID-3, 88 mm × 125 mm)
* 32 pages (this number is given on the bottom of the last page)
* Colour of cover: burgundy red

[edit] Cover page

Information on the cover, in this order, in the language(s) of the issuing state:

* The words "European Union - EU" (before 1997: "European Community")
* Name of the issuing state (similar typeface as "European Union")
* Emblem of the state
* The word "Passport"

[edit] First page

Information on the first page, in some of the official languages of the European Union:

* The words "European Union"
* Name of the issuing state (similar typeface to that of "European Union")
* The word "Passport"
* Serial number (may also be repeated on the other pages)

[edit] Identification page

Information on the (possibly laminated) identification page, in the languages of the issuing state plus English and French, accompanied by numbers that refer to an index that lists the meaning of these fields in all official EU languages:

1. Surname 2. Forename(s)
3. Nationality 4. Date of birth
5. Sex 6. Place of birth
7. Date of issue 8. Date of expiry
9. Authority 10. Signature of holder

Optional information on the following page (not available on all EU passports):

11. Residence 12. Height
13. Colour of eyes 14. Extension of the passport
15. Name at birth (if now using married name or have legally changed names)

Although member states issue their own passports, the EU countries in the Schengen area have a common visa policy. The EU is also working to achieve visa mutuality, respective to all member states. For example, today all EU passport holders are allowed to visit Mexico under the same conditions.

It is a political goal of the European Union to achieve freedom from visa requirements for citizens of the European Union at least in such countries the citizens of which may enter the Schengen area without visa. To this end, the European Commission negotiates with third-countries, the citizens of which do not require visas to enter the Schengen area for short-term stays, about the abolishment of visa requirements which exist for at least some EU member states. The European Commission involves the members state concerned into the negotiations, and has to frequently report on the mutuality situation to the European Parliament and the Council.[4] The Commission may recommend the temporary restoration of the visa requirement for nationals of the third country in question.

The European Commission has dealt with the question of mutuality of the abolishment of visa requirements towards third countries on the highest political level. Currently there are three countries with which mutuality has yet to be achieved : Brazil, Canada and the United States [5] With respect to the U.S. it suggests to examine the effects of new legislation enacted there, but reserves itself “the right to propose retaliatory measures”.[6]

All European Union citizens may visit the following countries without previous visa arrangements:
[edit] Africa

* Mauritius
* Mayotte
* Morocco
* Réunion
* Seychelles
* Western Sahara

] Americas

* Argentina
* Antigua and Barbuda
* Aruba
* Bahamas
* Barbados
* Belize
* British Virgin Islands
* Cayman Islands
* Chile
* Costa Rica
* Ecuador
* El Salvador
* French Guiana
* Greenland
* Grenada
* Guadeloupe
* Guatemala
* Honduras
* Martinique
* Mexico
* Netherlands Antilles
* Nicaragua
* Panama
* Paraguay
* Peru
* Saint Barthélemy
* Saint Martin
* Saint Kitts and Nevis
* Saint Lucia
* Saint Pierre and Miquelon
* Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
* Trinidad and Tobago
* Turks and Caicos Islands
* Uruguay
* Venezuela


* Brunei
* Georgia
* Hong Kong 90 days
* Israel
* Japan
* Lebanon
* Macau
* Malaysia 90 days
* Maldives
* Philippines
* Singapore
* South Korea
* Sri Lanka 30 days


* European Union unlimited access
* Iceland unlimited access
* Liechtenstein unlimited access
* Norway unlimited access
* Switzerland unlimited access
* Albania 90 days
* Andorra 90 days
* Bosnia and Herzegovina 90 days
* Croatia 90 days
* Faroe Islands 90 days
* Guernsey unlimited access
* Isle of Man unlimited access
* Jersey unlimited access
* Kosovo 90 days
* Macedonia 90 days
* Moldova 90 days
* Monaco 90 days
* Montenegro 90 days
* San Marino 90 days
* Serbia 90 days
* Ukraine 90 days
* Vatican City 90 days


* Australia (eVisitor required)
* Cook Islands
* Fiji
* French Polynesia
* Marshall Islands
* Micronesia
* New Caledonia
* Niue
* New Zealand 90 days or 6 Months for British Passport holders
* Palau
* Samoa
* Tonga
* Tuvalu
* Vanuatu
* Wallis and Futuna

Below we have listed the basic size requirements for European passports

The basics

* 45–50mm (1 3/4" -1 15/16" ) high and 35–40mm (1 3/8" -1 9/16" ) wide
* show head and top of shoulders close up, so the measurement of the face from the bottom of the chin to the crown (i.e. top of head without hair) is between 32mm and 36mm (1 1/4" -1 7/16" ).



* print on high-quality paper and use high resolution
* show natural skin tones and have appropriate brightness and contrast, no flash reflections and no red eye
* show you with a neutral expression and mouth closed
* have a plain, lightcoloured background (e.g. white, cream or
pale blue)
* show you looking directly at the camera
* show you with no hair across your eyes
* show both edges of your face clearly
* not show you looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or with
head tilted
* photograph cannot be manipulated, for example, by removing spots or softening lines.

If you usually wear glasses, you do not have to wear them for your passport photograph, but
if you do they must show your eyes clearly:

* no dark tinted lenses which restrict a clear view of your eyes
* no flash reflection off the lenses
* frames should not cover any part of your eyes
* lighter framed glasses are preferable if you have them.

Children and babies
Photos of children and babies should:

* show the child or baby awake, looking straight at the camera with mouth closed and no pacifier
* show the child or baby's face clearly without any other objects (including a parent's supporting hand) visible
* show the child or baby without any hair across the eyes.