General Photographic Guidelines

Photograph Quality

 The photographs must be:

  • No more than 6-months old
  • 35-45 mm in width
  • 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
  • show you facing square on to the camera, not looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or tilted, and showing both edges of your face clearly

Glasses and head covers

  • The photograph must show your eyes clearly with no flash reflection off the glasses, and no tinted lenses (if possible, avoid heavy frames — wear lighter framed glasses if you have them)
  • Make sure that the frames do not cover any part of your eyes

In brief:

 If the face is too close

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If the face is too far away

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Close up of your head and top of your shoulders so that your face takes up 70- 80% of the photograph

If the focus is blurred

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If the ink marked on the photo or creased

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If the posture is portrait style (not facing straight to the camera)

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If your eyes are tilted

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facing straight to the camera

If you wear glasses and they have dark tinted lenses

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Flash reflection on lenses

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the glasses must be clear and the eyes can be seen through the glasses

If you wear glasses and the frame of the glasses is too heavy

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Frames covering your eyes

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Regarding the lighting, shadows behind head in the photograph

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Shadows across face

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Clear and plain background

For the under-age child:The photo must not show another person (behind or beside the child)

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Mouth open wide and toy too close to face

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The child should be alone in the photograph.

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The applicants are strongly urged to follow these guidelines for photograph.

(The visa applicants should follow the same guidelines as well).