Where to Make OPT Photo – F1 OPT Photo tutorial and requirements

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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):

  1. front Photo. A slight tilt is also possible, but it is not recommended if it is risky.
  2. Photos within 30 days.
  3. No glasses
  4. 2×2 inch
  5. Head (top of head to chin) 1-1.375inch
  6. Eyes to the bottom of the photo 1-1.375inch
  7. Color photo, white or off-white background


How To Make China Visa Photo

To get a China Visa Photo, you must attach a China visa photo to the application. This article introduces an easy way to make China Visa Photo.

How to make China visa photo, or Where to take a China visa photo? 

You don’t need to go anywhere, you can do it with your smartphone and use aipassportphoto.com


Steps to make China Visa Photo:

1.Open aipassportphoto.com and select your photo type: China visa photo. If you need China passport photo, you can select China Passport Photo.

Select China Visa Photo

2. Take a photo of your upper body and upload to aipassportphoto.com  To get a good photo, you should 

  • Have someone else take your photo.
  • Include the upper body and shoulder in your photo.
  • Back to a door or wall. (Different color from your hair and clothes.
  • Position yourself opposite a window with daylight
  • No shadow on face.

3. Preview your passport photo! 

China Visa Photo Preview

You can double check China Visa Photo requirements here.

4. Checkout

AiPassportPhoto.com can automatically remove background for you photo and do photo alignment and resizing. You will be able to preview a photo exactly match passport photo standard:

Checkout China Visa Photo

This is a paid service, but it only costs $5.99 for a this photo(photo studios charge $12+ for passport photo.)



After checkout, you will get the digital photo and a photo sheet for print. 

If you are in U.S., you can order printed photo at Walgreen/CVS/Amazon with aipassportphoto.com provided 4”x6” photo sheet. Print photo sheet in Walgreen/CVS/Amazon only take $0.5 or less. 

Checkout this article to see how to print passport photo in Walgreens for 35 cent


How to print passport photo in Walgreens for 35 cent

Steps to Print Passport Photo at Walgreens

1: Get a digital passport photo from aipassportphoto.com

2: Prepare a 4″ x 6″ photo sheet 

3: Order Online

4: Pick up and Cut It

Walgreens Passport Photo VS Print Passport Photo at Walgreens

Walgreen Passport Photo is a service provided by Walgreens stores. Stuffs in Walgreens stores take photos and print photos for you. You will be charged for $12 or more for two passport photos(2”x2”) in Walgreens. 

Printing Passport Photos is order printed photos in Walgreens if you have a digital passport photo. It just costs $0.35 and it’s the same day pick up.

Steps to Print Passport Photo at Walgreens

Step1: Get a digital passport photo from aipassportphoto.com

It’s pretty easy to take a photo with your smartphone, but converting it to a passport photo takes your time. You need to resize your photo, get a white background and clear background. This wastes your time and it may not meet government guidelines. Luckily, aipassportphoto.com smooths the process. Just upload a photo of you(any background). It automatically scales, resizes your photo and removes the background for you. Everything is automatically done, in 6 seconds! Try it for free.



Step2: Prepare a 4″ x 6″ photo sheet 

Walgreens doesn’t accept 2” x 2” passport photo printing orders directly, however you can order a 4” x 6” photo sheet, which consists of two indentical 2” x 2” passport photos. See example Below.

passport photo sheet for print

4” x 6” photo only costs you 35 cents. 

Then how to prepare this special 4” x 6” photo sheet? 

You can get a free 4” x 6” photo sheet once you make an order from aipassportphoto.comaipassportphoto.com provided 4” x 6” photo sheet can be used in any Walgreens store in the United states. 

Step3: Order Online

Now, it’s time to order your photo. We strongly suggest you order online

Please upload the 4” x 6” photo sheet. DO NOT upload 2” x 2” photo.

Step4: Pick up and Cut It

You will be notified by email or text once your photo order is ready. Go to the store and pick it up. Because your order is a 4” x 6” photo, walgreens are not responsible for cutting it for you. So you need to cut it yourself.  It’s pretty easy, just follow the lines on your photo sheet. You will get two photos after cutting. They are exactly 2” x 2” passport photos.