The Green Card Lottery application process is entirely online and therefore the size requirements are based on pixel length. There are also other requirements that must be met for the picture to be accepted.
Local professional photographers are likely familiar with taking photographs in this style and can ensure that they meet the requirements to the satisfaction of the Department of State. You can also have a regular photograph taken and simply scan it into a digital file.
These are the photograph parameters according to the 2014 Diversity Visa Program:
- The photograph must be a minimum of 600 pixels by 600 pixels.
- From the top of the person’s hair to the bottom of their chin must be between 50 and 69 percent of the total photo.
- The eyes must be 56 to 69 percent of the height of the photo from the bottom.
- The person’s face should be centered, not tilted in any direction.
- Sunglasses or head coverings are not allowed. Head coverings are accepted only when they are used for religious purposes.
- The photograph must be in color and in 24-bit depth.
- The electronic file should be a .JPEG file extension.
- Maximum size is 240 kB.
- If the photograph is scanned instead of being digitally produced it must be scanned at 300 dots per inch (dpi)
Each member of the family of the person applying must have a photograph taken that meets these specifications.
The registration period for the Green Card Lottery does not open until October, so it is a good idea to start putting together your application now.
You can submit your application earlier with USAGreenCardLottery.org and your application will be submitted the moment that the Lottery opens in October.