No More Eyeglasses for U.S. passport or U.S visa 美国护照或签证申请人的照片不可以戴眼镜

On October 6, 2016, the state department announced that, starting November 1, 2016, all applicants for U.S. passport or visa must remove eyeglasses for their photo. The new policy is aimed to enhance the performance of facial recognition systems and reduced the likelihood of misidentifying the applicants.

Beginning on December 1, 2016, Consular Affairs will no longer accept applicant’s photographs with eyeglasses. The soft enforcement period until November 30, 2016 is quickly ending.

However, if the applicant has a medical condition requiring eyeglasses, exceptions can be made when the applicant submits a signed medical statement.

It is acceptable if the photo in an unexpired passport or visa shows eyeglasses. The new rule only applies to new or renewal applicants.

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Author: Maya King

Attorney Maya Y. King helps individuals, families, and businesses navigate the complex United States immigration system.

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