The Department of State is rolling out its “no four eyes” policy. Effective November 1, 2016, the Department of State will no longer accept photographs of visa and passport applicants wearing eyeglasses, except in very limited medical circumstances. From November 1 to November 30, the Department will accept photographs of applicants wearing eyeglasses as part of a soft-enforcement period. After December 1, applicants for passports and visas must submit photographs without eyeglasses. Visa applicants who submit a noncompliant photograph will receive a temporary refusal letter and will be required to provide an updated photograph with no eyeglasses.

The Department of State prohibited the wearing of glasses in passport and visa photos to enhance the performance of the facial recognition service the Department uses. The Department of State has created a webpage on passport and visa photos as part of Passport Awareness Month. (Who knew?) Here is the link with suggestions to improve your passport and visa photos and avoid delaying your application.

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