If you are applying for an Employment Authorization Document(EAD), you must provide two (2) photos.


  • Must be taken within 30 days of your application and cannot be used for any previously issued visa
  • Make sure the photo presents the full head from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin (See size requirement details below) 
  • Center the head with the frame (See Figure 2 below)
  • With an neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily bases:
    • Include headpieces if worn daily for religious purposes; they should not obscure or cast any shadows on your face
  • MUST be in color
  • Eyeglasses are no longer allowed.
    • Medical documentation is required if you must keep them on to protect your eyes due to ocular surgery.
Measurements of an ID Photo with a sample

Submitting photos in application:

On back of each photo, write the following information in ballpoint pen or pencil [make sure not to get photos smudged with ink]

  • Full name
  • Date of Birth
  • I-94 record number
  • SEVIS ID # [on I-20 above bar code; begins with “N000...”]

Place photos in envelope [to prevent scratches].