Application Requirements

Photo Specification for Visas

You would need 8 passport size photographs for each family member. The photos are NOT required to be pasted but attached in a small envelope and stapled on the application form (APPPLICATION FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE). You need to write the name and date of birth on the back of each photo.

Please note the exact specification of the photos needed and photographer must be told about the specifications.

Photo Specifications:

  • Permanent Resident photos are not the same as passport photos.
  • You may wear non-tinted and tinted prescription glasses as long as your eyes are clearly visible. Make sure that your eyes are not hidden by glare on the lenses. Sunglasses are not acceptable.
  • A hairpiece or other cosmetic accessory is acceptable if it does not disguise your normal appearance and you wear the accessory on a regular basis.
  • The photos must clearly show your face. If you may not remove your head covering for religious reasons, make sure your full facial features are visible.
  • Photos must have been taken in the last year to ensure an up-to-date likeness.
  • Photos may be either black and white or colour.

(Notes to photographer) photos must:

  • show a full front view of the person's head and shoulders showing full face centered 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) ;
  • measure between 25 mm and 35 mm (1" and 1 3/8") from chin to crown;
  • 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 and the guarantor's signature without smearing. Photos without this backing are not acceptable;
  • be on prints that are well-fixed and washed to prevent fading and discoloration;
  • 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); and
  • allow sufficient space on the back for the signature of a guarantor.

Photo Specifications:

  • 45 mm (1 3/4")
  • 35 mm (1 3/8")
  • Max. 35 mm (1 3/8")
  • Min. 25 mm (1")
  • Date photo was taken