Visa Photo

Enlarge image (© AA) The photo needs to display a full frontal view of the face. The size of the face from the bottom of your chin to the hairline must be between 1 ¼ inches and 1 3/8 inches. Please look directly into the camera with a neutral expression and without smiling.

The facial image must be sharp, clear, and with sufficient contrast. Please avoid photos with reflections or shadows on the face or with red eyes. The background should be neutral and light, providing sufficient contrast to the face and hair (a neutral gray). Reflection from glasses, sunglasses, or tinted glasses is not permitted. The eyes cannot be hidden by the glass frames.

The photo needs to be printed on high-quality paper with at least 600 dpi resolution; the colors must present a natural appearance and skin tone. The photo must not have kinks, scratches or stains.

Samples of the correct photos can be found below.

Please Note: Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we can not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.

Visa Photo

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Visa Appointment Requirements

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All German Missions require that you schedule an appointment in order to apply for a visa.
Please check specific appointment requirements on the website of the mission that is responsible for you:





Los Angeles


New York

San Francisco


You do not know which mission can assist you? Use our Consulate Finder:

Consulate Finder

Visa FAQ

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Did you have a look at our FAQs? You might find the answer to your question right there.