No eyeglasses for US visa and passport photos embassy says

US embassyThe U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) advises that, effective November 1, 2016, applicants for U.S. passports and visas must remove their eyeglasses for U.S. passport and visa photos.

The U.S. Department of State is implementing this policy to enhance the security of the application process and improve officers’ ability to quickly verify the identity of applicants.

Applicants may wear eyeglasses for U.S. passport and U.S. visa photos 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 a signed statement with their application 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.

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  1. Jaded
    October 4, 2016

    I don’t mind people removing their glasses and their hats. But a Muslim can keep on his turban or her hijab on their heads. Makes no sense. If the purpose is full identification for security purposes then you must not discriminate against westerners.

  2. Tell the Truth
    October 3, 2016

    This is due to terrorism which infiltrated the world.
    Those pictures look like a mug shot. You cannot smile. Women must not wear jewelry. Even the type of lipstick (color with sheen) may be disallowed when taking the picture.

  3. Bumbble Lee
    October 3, 2016

    And no false eye either. Gee-mee 20/20 +. :lol: I can see clearly now I got my visa. Bye Scare-it!!!!

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