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How do I satisfy the photograph requirements for the Green Card Lottery?

The Government of the United States of America officially organizes the Green Card Lottery, which is also known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program or the Diversity Visa Lottery Program. Under the Immigration Act of 1990, the Green Card Lottery Program is conducted to help citizens of countries that are underrepresented in the US population to get the legal right to live and work in the U.S.A. Every year a maximum of 55,000 diversity immigrant visas (or “green cards”) are issued to nationals from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

The Department of State initiated an electronic registration system to make the selection process safe and secure. Winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery Program are selected by a computer-generated random lottery drawing. It is one of the easiest and fastest ways of getting a green card, provided that you meet the conditions to participate. In order to apply for the U.S. Green Card Lottery Program, you should satisfy the following green card requirements.

  • Every year a list of qualifying countries is prepared for the annual DV program. You must be a national of one of the countries that are eligible to participate in the Green Card Lottery Program.
  • You must have completed an equivalent of a U.S. high school education, which is a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education.
  • If you do not satisfy the education requirement, you can still qualify if you have an appropriate work background. You are eligible to apply for the U.S. Green Card Lottery Program, if you have had a minimum of two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform.
  • You must submit a recent photograph of yourself, your spouse, and all children less than 21 years of age together with your application form.

Green Card Lottery photos are considered one of the most important components of your application. Your application will be disqualified if your photographs do not meet the Green Card Lottery requirements. Your entry will also be disqualified if you do not submit the required visa photos. You should submit your photographs along with the Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) Entry Form.

Your application will also be disqualified if you do not meet the necessary green card requirements or if you manipulate the picture images incorrectly. For a successful entry, make sure that your Green Card Lottery photos strictly adhere to the photograph guidelines stipulated by the U.S. Department of State. You can either take a new photograph or scan an existing photograph and submit it along with your application. These visa photos should meet specific compositional and technical specifications. Any deviation from the green card lottery photo requirements will lead to disqualification.

Given below are the instructions you need to follow before submitting your digital photographs:

Compositional Specifications:

  • The person being photographed should face the camera directly. The head should not be tilted up or down or turned to the side.
  • The photograph has to be taken in such a way that the head of the person covers 50% of the area of the photograph.
  • The person being photographed should be placed in front of a neutral, light-colored background. Visa photos taken with very dark or patterned backgrounds will be disqualified.
  • The face of the person should be in clear focus.
  • Green Card Lottery photos with a person wearing sunglasses or other items that hide the face will not be accepted.
  • Visa photos of a person wearing a hat or other head covering are only acceptable if he or she wears it as a part of religious custom. Otherwise, photographs of applicants wearing hats, caps, or other headgear will be rejected.

Technical Specifications:

  • Green Card Lottery photos must be saved in Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format.
  • The maximum image size that can be accepted is 240 Kb.
  • Visa photos should be in color with a 24-bit image color depth. Black-and-white, monochrome, or grayscale images will not be accepted.
  • Green Card Lottery photos must be have a resolution of 600 x 600 pixels. If you are planning to scan an existing photograph, it should meet the above mentioned compositional and technical specifications. In addition to these stipulated standards, please make sure that the images are scanned at a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch (dpi).

If your photographs do not satisfy the compositional and technical specifications, then your $Link("ApplicationOnline", "Diversity Visa Lottery Program Application") will be rejected. In order to avoid disqualification, you can seek professional help from USA Green Card. It is the leading worldwide organization with a dedicated team that helps in preparing, processing, and submitting Green Card Lottery applications.

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