Photograph requirements

The photograph submitted with each application should meet the following requirements.

Examples of both appropriate and inappropriate photographs have been provided for reference, so please ensure that all submissions meet the standards.

If an application is submitted using a photograph that does not meet the standards, the applicant will be required to retake the picture.

(mm)
Photograph size
  • Photograph size
    4 cm long, 3 cm wide
  • The photograph must contain only the applicant.
  • The dimensions of the photograph must meet those shown above (excluding the edges).
    (The dimensions of the face are measured from the top of the subject's head (including their hair) to the tip of their chin.)
  • The applicant must face the camera and cannot wear a hat.
  • There must be no background (including no shadow).
  • It must be a clear photograph.
  • It must be taken within three months of the date of submission.
  • The applicant's name must be written on the back.

Examples of appropriate photographs

These photographs meet all of the requirements listed above and show the subject clearly.

  • Appropriate photo example 1
  • Appropriate photo example 2

Examples of inappropriate photographs

Photographs that do not meet the specifications listed above.

  • A photograph where the subject is not centered
    Subject is not centered
  • A photograph where the subject's face is turned
    Subject's face is turned
  • A photograph where there are shadows in the background
    Shadows in the background
  • A photograph where the subject is leaning
    Subject is leaning

Photographs where the face is partially obscured.

  • A photograph where the subject's glasses are obstructing their eyes
    Subject's glasses are obstructing their eyes
  • A photograph where the frames of the subject's glasses are too thick
    The frames of the subject's glasses are too thick
  • A photograph where the subject's glasses are reflecting light
    Subject's glasses are reflecting light
  • A photograph where the subject's face is partially hidden by a mask
    Subject's face is partially hidden by a mask
  • A photograph where the subject's hair is covering part of their eyes
    Subject's hair is partially covering their eyes
  • A photograph where the subject's head covering is casting a shadow
    Subject's head covering is casting a shadow
    (Note) Head coverings are allowed provided that the applicant's face is clearly visible. If you must wear a head and/or face covering for religious or medical reasons, please submit a written statement (no set format).

Photographs where it is difficult to identify the person.

  • A photograph where the subject's expression is not neutral
    Subject's expression is not neutral
  • A photograph where the dark background is obscuring the contours of the subject's face
    Subject's facial contours are obscured by a dark background
  • A photograph where the subject is blurry or out of focus
    Subject is blurry or out of focus
  • A photograph where the subject's face is obscured by shadows
    Subject's face is obscured by shadows

* Any post-editing/processing of photographs in which the applicant's appearance is changed (eye-widening, skin lightening, corrections of wrinkles, moles and/or other body parts) is not permitted under any circumstances. In addition, photographs that have been flipped are also not acceptable.

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