We check 20 things before we give you your pictures. These are:

  1. The photos must be taken against a plain white or light-colored background so that the applicant’s features are clearly distinguishable against the background.  YES
  2. Shadows are unacceptable.  YES
  3. The lighting must be uniform to avoid shadows across the face or shoulders, around the ears or in the background. YES
  4. There must be no reflection or glare on the face or glasses. YES
  5. Applicant must show a neutral facial expression (no smiling, mouth closed) and look straight at the camera. YES
  6. The length of the face on the photo from chin to crown of head (natural top of head) must be between 31 mm (1¼ in.) and 36 mm (17⁄16 in.). YES
  7. The photos must measure 50 mm X 70 mm in size (2 inches wide X 2 ¾ inches high). YES
  8. The photos must be a close-up of the head and shoulders so that the face covers  approximately 25% of the photo. YES
  9. Eyes must be open and clearly visible. YES
  10. The applicant can wear glasses, including tinted prescription glasses, as long as the eyes are clearly visible and there is no glare in the glasses. Sunglasses and red eyes are unacceptable. YES
  11. The photos must show a full head without any head covering, unless it is worn for religious beliefs or medical reasons.  YES
  12. However, both edges of the face must be clearly visible. YES
  13. The name of the photographer or studio, the address and the date the photo was taken (not the date the photo was printed) must be provided directly on the back of one photo information may be handwritten by the photographer. YES
  14. Stick-on labels are unacceptable.  YES
  15. Sufficient space must be allowed for the name of the applicant, the signature of the guarantor and the guarantor’s declaration. YES
  16. The photos must show a full front view of the face and top of the shoulders squared to the camera (the image of the face and shoulders must be centered in the photo). YES
  17. The photos must be clear, sharp and in focus. YES
  18. The photos must be produced from the same film or from the same electronic file capturing the digital image. YES
  19. The photos must be printed on plain, high quality photographic paper. Heavy weight paper is unacceptable. YES
  20. Either black and white or color photos are acceptable. YES
  21. The photos must be originals and not taken from an existing photo. YES

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