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Visa Forms and Photo Requirements

As of June 2010, all individuals applying for non-immigrant visas -- excluding K1-4 fiancé(e), N, S, T, and U visa categories -- are required to submit the DS-160 electronic visa application form. The U.S. Department of State developed this new application with a view toward streamlining and simplifying the visa application process, as well as offering greater privacy protection for visa applicants.

The DS-160 electronic visa application form replaces the previous DS-156, DS-157, and DS-158 visa application forms. Please be advised that the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok no longer accepts the old application forms for individuals applying for any categories of non-immigrant visas except the K, N, S, T, and U visa classes.

You may access the DS-160 electronic visa application form. A number of resources are available to assist applicants in completing the DS-160 application. U.S. Embassy Bangkok’s detailed guide on completing the DS-160 application, the U.S. Department of State’s Frequently Asked Questions for the DS-160, and a video guide are all available. While we are generally unable to assist individual applicants in completing their applications, we note that it is important that you fill out the form as completely and accurately as possible. We recommend saving frequently to avoid data loss. Applicants are required to bring the DS-160 confirmation page to their interviews.

Other Visa Forms

Download other U.S. visa application forms, including the DS-156 (for N, S, T, and U visa classes only) and the DS-156E (for E visa classes only).

Photo Requirements

Applicants for a U.S. visa must upload a digital photo to the DS-160 application form.  The following minimum requirements must be met or your application cannot be processed. The photograph:

  1. Must not be older than six months.
  2. Must have a white background.
  3. Must be in full face view, with the visa applicant facing the camera directly.
  4. Must be in Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG, or .jpg) format, between 600x600 pixels and 1200x1200 pixels.
  5. Must have a file size less than or equal to 240 kilobytes.
  6. Must not be digitally altered.

Please review the detailed photo requirements for further guidance on image composition. If your photo does not meet the composition requirements, we may be unable to process your application. We recommend that applicants also bring one hard copy of their photo to the interview.