Ten technical specifications and compositional specifications for the digital image submitted for the 2010 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program:
- Digital enhancement or other alterations or retouching are not permitted.
- The image must contain the full face, neck, and shoulders of the entrant in frontal view with a neutral, non-smiling expression and with eyes open and directed at the camera.
- Head must not be tilted up, down, or to the side.
- Subject must be surrounded by a plain, light-colored background with no distracting shadows on the subject or background.
- Fine facial features should be discernible.
- Photos in which the person being photographed is wearing sunglasses or other items that obscure the face are not acceptable.
- Eyeglasses are acceptable in photo only if the lenses are not tinted and there is no glare, shadows, or rims/frames obscuring the eyes.
- Photos containing tribal or other headgear not specifically religious in nature are unacceptable.
- Color should reproduce natural skin tones.
- Photo may not be over- or under-exposed.
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is a lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card, a.k.a. a Green Card. The purpose of the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is to make permanent resident visas available to people from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States, which is to say almost every country in the world except Brazil, Canada, mainland China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Even Hungarians are allowed to participate, which to my way of thinking is odd, because virtually every immigrant I personally know is Hungarian.