I got one type of US visa years ago. I applied for a new type of visa recently. I used the same picture again for DS160 and it didn't give me any warning. Can I take the same physical picture to my appointment or should I get a new picture? On the internet I read conflicting information. US website doesn't seem o mention any rules like "don't reuse picture". Picture is old yes but I look the same.


For Schengen visa, do I have to take a new photo for each new visa application or can I reuse them? These visas are given for much shorter amount of time compared to US.

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One of the requirements for US Visa photos is that

The photographs must not be older than six months.

So no, you're not supposed to reuse the photo, assuming it was taken more than 6 months ago. Whether you'll get away with it is another question, but why risk it?

Source: https://do.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/photo-requirements-u-s-passports-visa/

  • Because convenience. Also this guy seem to reuse a 7 year old picture. travel.stackexchange.com/questions/126118/…
    – user124360
    Nov 30, 2021 at 13:39
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    @user124360 Your question asked about rules and the answer quotes official information. The question you reference in your comment is 3 years’ old, YMMV.
    – Traveller
    Nov 30, 2021 at 13:51
  • Ok gotta bring a new picture just to be safe then in case they ask for a new picture
    – user124360
    Nov 30, 2021 at 13:55
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    I am the person in the answer you linked. I don’t recommend you do the same Nov 30, 2021 at 19:48

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