Is there a requirement that the ears must show on photos used for US visas? This is specifically about women with long hair.
There are several example photos of women on official sites where the ear does not show. See for example at the bottom of this page:
(There was another official site with many examples of "good" and "bad" photos. I used it as the reference when taking the photo. I can't find the page now but I clearly remember it also had "good" example photos where the ears didn't show.)
However, on the final checklist auto-generated by the visa application website there is this item:
If I hadn't noticed this only at the very last minute, I would just re-do the photo to be absolutely safe. Did anyone have trouble because the ear doesn't show? The photo matches the requirements in every other aspect, except for the ears being covered by hair.
I should note that this checklist was only made available to us after every online step of the application has been completed, including payment.