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China Passport Photos

China Passport Photo Specifications

  • Chinese Passport Photos must be 48mm x 33mm
  • Chinese Passport Photos head height is between 28mm – 33mm
  • Head width is between 21mm – 24mm in Chinese Passport Photos
  • A white or light blue background is required for Chinese Passport Photos

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  • If you decide to order your passport photos for China with us, please make sure your photo meets following requirements:
    • Full UPPER HALF BODY view with all facial features clearly visible.
    • Photo has no shadows (To avoid shadows, stand around 3 feet away from the wall)
    • Make sure the background in your photo is uniform with white of light blue color.
    • Face should neither be too bright nor too dark
    • If wearing spectacles – reflection of light from the glasses should not be visible.
    • No visible shadow on the face or background.
    • Do not wear white/ light colored shirt as it blends with light background.

Canada PR Card

Canada PR Card Photo Specifications

  • Photos must show a full front view of the person’s head showing full face centred in the middle of the photo;
  • be clear, well-defined and taken against a plain white background without shadows;
  • be produced from the same unretouched film or from the same file capturing the digital image or from two identical photos exposed simultaneously by a split-image or multi-lens camera;
  • be original photos (not taken from any existing photo);
  • New: measure between 25 mm and 30 mm (1” and 1 1/5”) from chin to crown (top of hair);
  • have a 35 mm x 45 mm (1 3/8? x 1 3/4?) finished size;
  • be on photographic paper that has a backing which accepts and retains the date. Photos without this backing are not acceptable;
  • be on prints that are well-fixed and washed to prevent discolouration;
  • bear the date the photo was taken (not the date the photo was printed) directly on the back of one print (stick-on labels are not acceptable).

Canada Immigration

Canada Immigration Photo Specifications

  • The photographs must:
    • show a full front view of the person’s head and shoulders showing full face centered in the middle of the photograph;
    • have a plain white background;
    • measure between 25mm and 30mm (1″ and 1 1/5″) from chin to crown;
    • have a 35mm x 45mm (1 3/8″ x 1 3/4″) finished size;

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Canada Visa Photos

Canada Visa Photo Specifications

  • The frame size must be at least 35 mm x 45 mm 
  • The photographs must show the full front view of the head, with the face in the middle of the photograph, and include the top of the shoulders.
  • The size of the head, from chin to crown, must be between 31 mm and 36 mm
  • Crown means the top of the head or (if obscured by hair or a head covering) where the top of the head or skull would be if it could be seen.
  • If the photographs do not meet the specifications, you will have to provide new photographs before your application can be processed.

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Australia Passport Photos

Passport Photos- Australia

When it comes to validation of passport photos, Australian consulate officers are probably among the most strict in the world. Several customers have told us that they tried some other services or tried to make passport photos themselves for applying or renewing their Australian Passport but they ran into multiple rejections. We have helped several such customers. We do not hesitate to say that photos created by us have the highest acceptance rate with various Consulates of Australia in the USA.

Try us out and we can assure you that we will provide you the passport photos that will run into minimum issues. If you do, we will make another set of photos for you free.

The basics of Australian Passport photos:

  • Size – 45–50mm (1 3/4″ -1 15/16″ ) high and 35–40mm (1 3/8″ -1 9/16″ ) wide
  • The photo should show head and top of shoulders close up, so the measurement of the face from the bottom of the chin to the crown (i.e. top of head without hair) is between 32mm and 36mm (1 1/4″ -1 7/16″ ).

Australian Passport Photos-Quality and style

  • print on high-quality paper and use high resolution
  • show natural skin tones and have appropriate brightness and contrast, no flash reflections and no red eye
  • show you with a neutral expression and mouth closed have a plain, light-colored background (e.g. white, cream or pale blue)
  • show you looking directly at the camera
  • show you with no hair across your eyes
  • show both edges of your face clearly
  • not show you looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or with head tilted
  • photograph cannot be manipulated, for example, by removing spots or softening lines.

Photo Validation guide for Adult/Child:

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Schengen Passport/Visa

Schengen Passport/Visa Photo Specifications

  • You must not wear any headwear (Rule has exceptions for certain credible religious reasons).
  • Photo must be high-quality and professional.
  • Schengen visa photo requires that it clearly shows your facial features from the tip of your chin to the crown of your head as well as your left and right sides of your face. Your face must fill around 70 to 80% of the photo-face must be somewhere between 32 and 36 mm high.
  • Red eyes must be avoided.
  • Only color photos are accepted
  • Photos should have light background

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UK Passport Photos

Passport Photo for UK

United Kingdom/England (UK) Pasport Photo Size and Requirements (England Passport Pictures)

“UK Passport Photo Size”:

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From BBC News link:

Subjects must look straight ahead with mouths shut and “neutral” expressions. Other rules include the size of the photo – 45mm by 35mm – which must be printed on normal photographic paper. Applicants must be on their own in the picture and their head and shoulders must take up 65% to 75% of the frame.

If your application form requires different size or has some new requirements, let us know that information along with your order by sending an e-mail to passportphotos@hotmail.com.

UK Passport Picture requirements:

 

  • Subjects must look straight ahead with mouths shut and “neutral” expressions.
  • Passport picture size needs to be- 45mm by 35mm –
  • United Kingdon Passport Photos must be printed on normal photographic paper.
  • Applicants must be on their own in the picture and their head and shoulders must take up 65% to 75% of the frame.

Detailed requirements for “UK Passport pictures” from UK Government website- Home Office- Identity and Passport Service

The standards for passport photos With all applications, you must include two identical recent photographs. These must meet internationally agreed standards and must be of a true likeness of you. The photographs must:

  • be in colour, not black and white;
  • be identical;
  • be taken within the last month;
  • be 45 millimetres (mm) high x 35 millimetres (mm) wide (do not trim your photographs to meet this condition);
  • be in clear and sharp focus, with a clear difference between your face and the background;
  • be taken against a plain cream or plain light grey background;
  • not have red-eye; be of you facing forward, looking straight at the camera; not be torn, creased, or marked; be printed on plain white photographic;
  • be free from shadows; be taken with your eyes open and clearly visible (no sunglasses or tinted glasses and no hair across your eyes);
  • be free from reflection or glare on your glasses, and the frames must not cover your eyes (where possible, we recommend that you remove your glasses);
  • show you with a neutral expression and your mouth closed (no grinning, frowning or raised eyebrows); be of you on your own (no toys, baby’s dummy or other people on the photo);
  • be professionally printed. Photographs printed at home are not likely to be of an acceptable quality;
  • show your full head, without any head covering, unless you wear it for religious beliefs or medical reasons;
  • be taken with nothing covering your face. Please make sure nothing covers the outline of your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • be a close-up of your head and shoulders so that your head, from the bottom of your chin to your crown is between 29mm and 34mm high; and clear of writing on the front and back.

Sample UK Passport photos:

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Sample of Bad/Invalid photos for UK Passport

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Important Links for UK/Schengen Passport Photos:

From BBC News linkNew passport photo standards due for UK Passport Photos

Full guidelines are available for members of the public by clicking here (pdf, 301kb, new window)
UK Guide for professional photographers

USA Citizenship Photos

Passport Photos- Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS)

USCIS Is Making Photos Simpler

Old Three-Quarter Style Photo is no longer required.

In accordance with language specified in the Border Security Act of 2003, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a change in the photo requirements for all applicants from a three-quarter face position to a standard, full-frontal face position to take effect August 2, 2004.

All photos must be of just the person. Where more than one photo is required, all photos of the person must be identical. All photos must meet the specifications for full-frontal/passport photos. For more information on photo standards, visit the Department of State website at this link, or contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1 800 375 5283.


USA Naturalization photos, USA Citizenship Photos, US Non-Immigrant Online Visa Photos (2×2 digital image), US Immigration Photos, USA Green-card Photos all now have same size and other requirements. You can place your order with us and we will provide you 6 photos at the lowest price available anywhere in the USA. You can also choose to pick up your photos at your local Walgreens, CVS, Target or Walmart store.

For most information about Lottery Visa photos or DS-160 Photo, use these links. Unlike printed photos for most passport or visa applications, DV (Diversity Visa) photo aka Lottery Visa Photo needs to be submitted in digital format and needs to be uploaded online with your application. They test photos online to make sure the photo meets all of their guidelines. Most people have difficulty getting their photos validated. We can help you get your photo formatted accurately for DV Visa lottery. Follow the links above to send us your photo and make a payment. You will get your Lottery Visa photo in an email within a business day.

Applications and Petitions That Require Photos, and the Number Required

2 photos are required for the following forms:

  • I-90 – Renew or replace your Permanent Resident Card (green card)
  • I-131 – Re-entry permit, refugee travel document, or advance parole
  • I-485 – Adjust status and become a permanent resident while in the U.S.
  • I-765 – Employment Authorization/Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
  • I-777 – Replace Northern Mariana Card
  • I-821 – Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Program
  • N-300 – Declaration of Intent (to apply for U.S. citizenship)
  • N-400 – Naturalization (to become a U.S. citizen)
  • N-565 – Replace Naturalization/Citizenship Certificate

3 photos are required for the following forms:

  • I-698 – Temporary Resident’s application under the 1987 Legalization Program for permanent resident status — file 1 photo for your application, and bring the other 2 with you to your interview
  • N-600K – To apply for U.S. citizenship for foreign-born child residing abroad with U.S. citizen parent

4 photos are required for the following forms:

  • I-817 – To apply for Family Unity Benefits
  • I-881 – NACARA — suspension of deportation or special rule cancellation

File the following with your photos and of others as shown below:

  • I-129F – Fiancé(e) Petition — file with 1 photo of you + 1 photo of fiancé(e)
  • I-130 – Relative petition — if filing for your husband or wife, file with 1 photo of you + 1 photo of your husband or wife
  • I-589 – Asylum — file with 1 photo of you + 1 photo of each family member listed in Part A. II that you are including in your application
  • I-730 – Relative petition filed by a person granted Asylum or Refugee status — file with 1 photo of the family member for whom you are filing the I-730
  • I-914 – ‘T’ nonimmigrant status — file with 3 photos of you + 3 photos of each immediate family member for which you file an I-914A supplementAll photos must be of just the person. Where more than one photo is required, all photos of the person must be identical.All photos must meet the specifications for full-frontal/passport photos. For more information, visit official website at www.uscis.gov, or call our customer service at 1 800 375 5283.

Special Instructions for Form I-589 “Application for Political Asylum”

For applicants filing Form I-589 “Application for Political Asylum” with the USCIS on or after March 29, 1998:

1. Do not submit a completed fingerprint card (FD-258) or fingerprint fee with your application. Your application will be accepted without the fingerprint card attached. If you submit a completed fingerprint card with your application on or after March 29, 1998, the card will be rejected and you will be re-fingerprinted by USCIS.

2. You are exempt from the $70 biometric fee.

3. After USCIS receives your application, USCIS will provide you with an appointment letter with the location of the nearest USCIS authorized fingerprint site. Please read the instructions in the appointment letter, and take it to the USCIS authorized fingerprint site when you go to your fingerprint appointment.

Exception: * Applicants and petitioners residing abroad who are fingerprinted at a United States consular or military installation abroad do not need to be fingerprinted by USCIS and are exempt from the $70 biometric fee. These applicants and petitioners must file their completed card at the time their application or petition is filed.

USA Lottery Visa

 

Diversity Visa (Lottery Visa) Photo

What is Diveristy Visa aka Lotter Visa?

Unlike printed photos for most passport or visa applications, DV (Diversity Visa) photo aka Lottery Visa Photo needs to be submitted in digital format and needs to be uploaded online with your application. They test photos online to make sure the photo meets all of their guidelines. Most people have difficulty getting their photos validated. We can help you get your photo formatted accurately for DV Visa lottery. Follow the links above to send us your photo and make a payment. You will get your Lottery Visa photo in an email within a business day.

The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available up to 55,000 diversity visas (DVs) annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

Photo Requirements as per 2013 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2013)

 

  • You upload a digital image with your application
  • Your picture must be 600×600 pixels
  • Your photo must be less than 240KB in size

The submitted image must adhere to the following specifications. Photographs submitted must be a recent photograph, taken within the last 6 months. Please be advised that failure to comply with any of the following requirements may result in disqualification from the lottery.

Image Acquisition

  • The image file may be produced by acquiring an image with a digital camera or by digitizing a paper photograph with a scanner.
  • Digital enhancement or other alterations or retouching are not permitted.
  • The original aspect ratio of the image must be preserved. (No image stretching is allowed.)Compositional Specifications Content
  • 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.
  • The image must not contain any parts of the body below the entrant’s shoulders.
  • The image must not include other objects or additional people.
  • Entrant must be vertically oriented in the image.
  • The image must be from a recent (within 6 months) photo of the entrant.Head Position
  • Subject must directly face the camera.
  • Head must not be tilted up, down, or to the side.
  • The head height (measured from the top of the head, including the hair, to the bottom of the chin) must be between 50% and 69% of the image’s total height. The eye height (measured from the bottom of the image to the level of the eyes) should be between 56% and 69% of the image’s height. The diagram below shows these measurements on a correctly-proportioned image.
  • The photo you upload on their website must be less than 240KB in size

DV Diversity Visa Photo Validation: Click here for link to validate your Lottery Visa photo.

 

USA Digital Image

2×2 Digital Image

Digital Image Requirements for New Online Application

For current requirements, please visit the official link on Travel.state.gov website of US Government

The submitted digital face image must adhere to the following specifications.IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be advised that failure to comply with any of the following requirements may result in rejection of your image by the online image quality assessment test or by a human reviewer.Click here for full specs (to bring to professional photographer)

photographer) Examples of well-composed images
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Image Requirements – Technical Specifications
Acquisition The image file may be produced by acquiring an image with a digital cameraor by digitizing a paper photograph with a scanner.
Dimensions Image pixel dimensions must be in a square aspect ratio  (meaning the height must be equal to the width). Minimum acceptable dimensions are 600 pixels (width) — 600 pixels (height). Maximum acceptable dimensions are 1200 pixels (width) — 1200 pixels (height).
Color Must be in color (24 bits per pixel ) in sRGB color space (common output of most digital cameras).
File Format Must be in the Joint Photographic Experts Group ( JPEG ) file interchange format (JFIF).
File Size Must be less than or equal to 240 kilobytes.
Compression The image may need to be compressed in order for it to be under the maximum file size.  The compression ratio used should be less than or equal to 20:1.
Additional requirements if scanning:
Print Size If scanning the image from a paper photograph, the size of the paper photograph should be at least 2 inches — 2 inches (51 mm — 51 mm) square.
Resolution Printed photographs should be scanned at a sampling frequency of at least 300 pixels per inch.

 

Content
  • The image must contain the full face, neck, and shoulders of the applicant in frontal view with a neutral, non-smiling expression and with eyes open and unobstructed and directed at the camera.
  • All facial features must be visible and unobstructed.
  • No extraneous objects, additional people, parts of the body below the applicant’s shoulders, or other artifacts.
  • The image must be from a recent (within 6 months) photo of the applicant.
Head Size
  • The head height or facial region size (measured from the top of the head, including the hair, to the bottom of the chin) must be between 50% and 69% of the image’s total height.
  • The eye height (measured from the bottom of the image to the level of the eyes) should be between 56% and 69% of the image’s height.
  • Composition Checklist
Head Orientation
  • Subject must directly face the camera.
  • Head must not be tilted up, down, to the side, or toward the shoulders.
  • Head must be centered within frame.
Background
  • Subject must be surrounded by a plain, light-colored background with no distracting shadows on the subject or background.
Focus
  • The entire face must be in focus and not overly-sharpened.
Brightness/ Contrast
  • Brightness and contrast should represent subject accurately.
Color
  • Image must be in color (24 bits per pixel).
  • Black and white photos are not acceptable.
  • Color should reproduce natural skin tones.
  • Color must be continuous tone no posterization.
Exposure/ Lighting
  • Photo may not be over- or under-exposed.
  • Avoid shadows on face or background.
Resolution
  • Fine facial features should be discernible.
  • No discernible pixels/pixelization, graininess, or dot patterns.
Compression
  • Image must not be overly compressed (the compression ratio used should be less than or equal to 20:1).
Alteration
  • Digital enhancement or other alterations or retouching are not permitted.
  • When resizing, the aspect ratio of the image must be preserved (no image stretching is allowed).
Eyeglasses
  • Eyeglasses are acceptable in photo only if the lenses are not tinted and there is no glare, shadows, or rims/frames obscuring the eyes. Glare on eyeglasses can usually by avoided by a slight upward or downward tilt of the head.
  • Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons.
Decorative Items
  • No sunglasses or other items that obscure the face.
  • Hats or head coverings are only allowed if worn for religious reasons AND if they do not obscure any facial features.