I recently applied for a U.S. student visa OPT. I need a U.S. passport-sized photo. Based on the principle of not going out to avoid infection, I have tried many ways to do it. I shared the process for the reference of those who need it.
In general, there are 3 ways to make OPT photos in the United States:
- DIY. You need to figure out the specifications, take pictures and make them yourself, and then print them. The advantage is that it saves money, but the disadvantage is that it takes a lot of effort to make 2*2 specifications. The biggest problem is printing. Anyway, the print shops I know do not support direct printing of 2*2 (because the ID photo specifications are more expensive), you have to switch Printed in 4×6 format, but they are not strictly 4*6 size. I tried many times to print out the correct size photo.
- Physical stores, Walgreens, CVS, USPS can all come to their stores to take pictures, and the cost ranges from $12-20. The advantage is that someone shoots and saves trouble. The disadvantage is that there is a risk of COVID-19 infection, and if you encounter unreliable staff, the effect of the photo is hard to say. . The size may not be right.
- Online website production, such as AiPassportPhoto production OPT photo. AiPassportPhoto is currently found to be the best. It automatically removes the background, adjusts the size, and can also generate a 4×6 print version, which directly solves the printing problem faced in 1.
Here I will focus on introducing AiPassportPhoto.com ’s tutorial for making OPT photos
The first step: Open aipassportphoto.com without downloading, the webpage is easy to use. Choose US F1-OPT specifications
The second step is to upload a photo of the upper body and preview the production effect. Be careful not to have shadows
The third step is checkout. aipassportphoto will provide both the electronic version of the leaflet and the print version of Walgreens 4×6. The latter is very useful and can be printed on Walgreens or Amazon print at a price of <$0.35
The forth step is to print on Walgreens or Amazon Pirnt. Type it out and measure it with a ruler, it meets the standard!
Finally, let me add the OPT photo specifications (reference source nyu.edu illinois.edu):
- front Photo. A slight tilt is also possible, but it is not recommended if it is risky.
- Photos within 30 days.
- No glasses
- 2×2 inch
- Head (top of head to chin) 1-1.375inch
- Eyes to the bottom of the photo 1-1.375inch
- Color photo, white or off-white background