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Q: Photos for U.S. Citizenship Applications ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Photos for U.S. Citizenship Applications
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: cambridge1-ga
List Price: $8.00
Posted: 30 Oct 2006 17:38 PST
Expires: 29 Nov 2006 17:38 PST
Question ID: 778625
Please provide specifications for the photographs that are required to
be submitted with the Application for Naturalization as a U.S.
Citizen (Form N-400). Are these the same specifications that would be
used for U.S. passport photos?
Subject: Re: Photos for U.S. Citizenship Applications
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 30 Oct 2006 18:29 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Cambridge1,

Are these the same specifications that would be used for U.S. passport photos?

Yes,according to the U.S. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  

Special Instructions

?Effective August 2, 2004, USCIS has changed its requirements for
photographs to a standard passport-style photograph.?

Form N-400


?In accordance with language specified in the Border Security Act of
2003, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a
change in the photo requirements for all applicants from a
three-quarter face position to a standard, full-frontal face position
to take effect August 2, 2004.

All photos must be of just the person. Where more than one photo is
required, all photos of the person must be identical. All photos must meet
the specifications for full-frontal/passport photos.?

More information on photo standards


The following web pages present the latest recommendations for
passport and visa photographs.

Photograph Print Properties
Produce 2 inch x 2 inch (51 mm x 51 mm) color photo.
Print photo on thin photo paper or stock.
Ensure the print is clear and has a continuous-tone quality.
Do not retouch or otherwise enhance or soften photo

Setup and Production Guidelines


Frame subject with full face, front view, eyes open 
Make sure photo presents full head from top of hair to bottom of chin;
height of head should measure 1 inch to 1-3/8 inches (25 mm to 35 mm)
Center head within frame (see Figure 2 below)
Make sure eye height is between 1-1/8 inches to 1-3/8 inches (28 mm
and 35 mm) from bottom of photo
Photograph subject against a plain white or off-white background 
Position subject and lighting so that there are no distracting shadows
on the face or background
Encourage subject to have a natural expression

Photo Quality


Download the complete Photography Guide here:

U.S. Passport & U.S. Visa Photography Guide

Search terms used: 
Form N-400 photographs specifications

I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards,
cambridge1-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00
Thank you for a very thorough, well-documented answer.

Subject: Re: Photos for U.S. Citizenship Applications
From: bobbie7-ga on 30 Oct 2006 20:40 PST
Thank you very much for the five star rating and tip!

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