The US State Department requires all applications to be filed electronically. Please be advised that any minor error in the application procedure will result in your immediate disqualification without further notice.
The photo requirements are very strict and must meet the following criteria:
|Background||Light-colored and plain|
|Head size||The face (from chin to hair) must represent between 50 % and 69 % of the total height of the photo.|
|Head position||Face the camera. Your head must not be tilted up, down, or to the side.|
|Exposure||The photo must not be overexposed or underexposed. Shadows must not be visible.|
|Digital image alterations||Should be avoided. A modified background can influence the shape of the head.|
|The face||Must not be covered by hair and facial expression should be neutral.|
|Head coverings||Are not permitted except for religious reasons.|
|Glasses||Are not allowed.|
|Color||High-quality color photos only – no black and white photos!|
|Resolution||600×600 pixels / 300 dpi|
|File size||Maximum 240 KB|
|File format||JPG format|
|Photo age||The photo must not be older than 6 months and needs to reflect the current look. Photos of previous DV Lotteries should not be used.|
Please do not use copies of identity cards or passports!
If an existing photo is scanned, it must have a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch (dpi). The original photo should be 2 x 2 inches in size. The maximum image size accepted will be 240 KB. Images should be taken directly facing the camera in front of a light-colored background. The face should cover between 50 % and 69 % of the height of the image.