No Eyeglasses in U.S. Visa and Passport Photos

No Eyeglasses in U.S. Visa and Passport Photos Effective November 1

Oct. 17, 2016, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol 10, No 5, October 7 (Asoj 21, 2073)

Applicants for U.S. passports and visas must remove their eyeglasses for U.S. passport and visa photos.

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Embassy, applicants may wear eyeglasses for U.S. passport and U.S. visa photos only if they have a medical issue, such as a recent surgery, and require eyeglasses to protect their eyes. If applicants must wear eyeglasses for medical reasons, they will need to submit with their application a signed statement from a medical professional or health practitioner, such as a surgeon or ophthalmologist.

Applicants should ensure that they have removed their eyeglasses for their U.S. passport and visa photos to avoid any delays in processing applications.

For instructions on photos for U.S. visa applicants, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/photos.html. 

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