Photograph Guide

Visa Application-Photograph capturing guidelines

Please review this helpful information to aid in the successful processing of Applicant’s Photograph submissions in order to prevent delays or rejections. The photograph submissions must meet specific criteria for processing by approved authorities.

Photographs can be up to a maximum of 350KB.

Verify your photograph

Use the following tool to verify that your photograph is valid and conforms to the specifications of the Visa application.

Photograph Verification

PHOTOGRAPH QUALITY

The photographs must be:

  • No more than 6-months old
  • Taken against a plain white background.
  • Your photos must be professionally printed and 45 mm (Millimeter) high by 35mm wide.
  • Close up of your head and top of your shoulders so that your face takes up 70–80% of the photograph
  • In sharp focus and clear
  • Of high quality with no ink marks or creases

background
The photographs must:

  • Show you looking directly at the camera
  • Show your skin tones naturally
  • Have appropriate brightness and contrast
  • Photographs taken with a digital camera must be high quality color

quality

Style and lighting

The photographs must:

  • Be color neutral
  • Show your eyes open and clearly visible
  • No hair across your eyes
  • Show you facing towards the camera, not looking over one’s shoulder (portrait style) or tilted, and showing both edges of your face clearly
  • Be taken with a plain light-colored background
  • Be taken with uniform lighting and not show shadows or flash reflections on your Face and no red eye

styling

Glasses and head covers

If you wear glasses

  • The photograph must show your eyes clearly with no glasses on.
  • Head coverings are permitted, but your facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown.

glasses

Expression and frame

Your photographs must:

  • show you alone (no chair backs or other people visible), looking at the camera with a neutral expression and your mouth closed

frame

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