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Australia is the sixth-largest country in the world, after Russia, Canada, the US, China and Brazil. Known as a home to many animal species, like kangaroos, koalas, wombats and dingos. If you dream to see one of them or beautiful Australian beaches and cities such as Sydney or Melbourne, you might need a visa.
According to the Henley Passport Index, Australian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 183 countries and territories, ranking the Australian passport 9th in terms of travel freedom. Read on to find out which visa do you need and how to take the right Australian visa photograph!
The visa photo is one of the most important documents regarding visa applications. To be identified, you need a photo document or ID to be able to travel too. However, no matter what your purpose is for travel, all types of Australian visas (tourist visa, business visa, student visa etc.) are the same.
After reading this guide, you will know how to take an Australian visa photo and what are the general requirements regarding both visa pictures and the Australian visa application.
The Australian visa photo size is 35 mm to 40 mm in width and 45 mm to 50 mm in length. The size of the face from chin to crown can be up to a maximum of 36mm, with a minimum of 32mm. In the case of a digital Australian visa photo dimensions and size in pixels is not specified.
To be sure that your picture has the right size, you can measure it and crop it with the PhotoAiD site or app which is very easy to use. It verifies at the end if the final photograph met all the Australian official visa requirements.
General specifications regarding Australian visa photo:
If you usually cover your head for religious reasons, you can have the headwear in your Australian visa photo. However, religious head coverings have to be plain-coloured, not be patterned and be worn in a way that shows your face from the bottom of the chin to the top of the forehead. The edges of your face on either side also have to be visible.
If you have to wear glasses for medical reasons, the frames can’t obscure your eyes and there cannot be any reflection from the lenses. Consider taking photos without a flash lamp to avoid the red-eye effect and glares from the glasses. Sometimes, you will have to show a medical certificate that says why you can’t remove your glasses, is signed by a registered medical practitioner and includes the medical practitioner’s full name, registration number and the address and phone number of the medical practice.
Any accessories such as jewellery can’t obscure any part of your face, especially the area around the eyes, mouth and nose. Any reflections from rings or studs will cause photo rejection.
Children like their parents, also need to have a visa with the right picture. No matter how old, even newborns need travel documents to be able to change countries or continents. It means you have to apply for your baby’s visa or passport separately and submit at least one, right photograph. However, the rules for Australian visa photos for children are a little different than for adults.
The main rule is that the child must be photographed alone (this concerns adults and infants). This means that no other people can appear in the background or close to the child. If a newborn is photographed, you might consider putting them on the white sheet to avoid your hands appearing in the photo. They cannot hold any items, like toys, pacifiers, etc.
The difference between adults’ photos and infants’ regards the mouth - they have to be closed for parents and can remain open for children, but for both, eyes have to be open and clearly visible.
Other rules are the same for both regarding the head position, red eyes and lighting or retouching, etc. If you want to change something anyway, like the background colour or size of the photo, we recommend using the PhotoAiD tool which gives you a 100% of warranty that the photo will be accepted by any of the Australian institutions you will send that to.
If you decided to use our Australian visa Photo Tool, you have to know how exactly it works! Go to our Photo AiD service or download a Visa Photo Mobile App available in the AppStore or GooglePlay store. If you decide on an app, it works perfectly for any devices so you can download it for an iPhone or a phone with Android.
The next step is to find a photographer: ask your friend to take a picture of you or become a photographer yourself! Put a tripod approximately 3 metres from you and set it up for a self-timer. Then, upload the picture to our photo editor which will resize it to the Australian visa photo dimensions and edit by changing the background colour or removing any patterns.
The last thing is verifying your picture. It checks the requirements regarded for your country and approves only the right photos. It gives you a 100% guarantee of correction. Afterwards, you can order your ready picture in a digital version via email and print it by yourself or we can print it for you and deliver it to your physical address.
💡 What do I need to an Australian visa?
The main requirements regaridng documents for Australian visa application are: a valid passport, proof of enough for the period of satying funds, a photograph in size of 35x40 mm or 45x50 mm in color.
💡 What is the colour of a background in Australian visa photo?
The required color is white or grey and those are only accepted. If you are not able to obtain a required color of background, use a visa photo editor which removes the wrong color of the background and changes for the right one.
💡 What is the Australian visa photo size?
The Australian visa photo size is 35 mm to 40 mm in width and 45 mm to 50 mm in length. The size of the face from chin to crown can be up to a maximum of 36mm, with a minimum of 32mm.
💡 Can I take my Australian visa photo by phone?
Yes, you can. Just meet the official requirements regarding the background, head position, facial expression, lighting, etc. and use photo mobile app. Then, upload a picture you took by phone and lets the app do the rest for you!
💡 Can I wear eyeglasses in the visa photo to Australia?
If you wear glasses for medical reasons, you will have to show a medical certificate that says why you can’t remove your glasses, is signed by a registered medical practitioner and includes the medical practitioner’s full name, registration number and the address and phone number of the medical practice.
💡 What are the rules for Australian visa photo for babies and children?
Generally, the rules are the same except one regards the mouth - they have to be closed for parents and can remain open for children, but for both, eyes have to be open and clearly visible.
💡 Can I smile in Australian visa photo?
No. The neutral facial expression is required so you cannot smile, show your teeth, laugh or frown.
💡 Can I wear a hat in the visa picture?
If you usually cover your head for religious reasons, you can have the headwear in your Australian visa photo but make sure that the edges of your face on either side also have to be visible.
💡 What accessories I can keep for Australian visa photo?
Any accessories such as jewellery can’t obscure any part of your face, especially the area around the eyes, mouth and nose. Any reflections from rings or studs will cause photo rejection. Is better to take off jewellery but if you want keep it make sure, that it doesn't cover any of your facial features and is not too heavy.
The visa policy of Australia deals with the requirements that a foreign national wishing to enter Australia must obtain a visa which is a permit to travel, to enter and remain in the country. A visa may also entitle the visa holder to other privileges, such as a right to work, study, etc. and may be subject to conditions.
If you aren’t an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a valid Australian visa to enter the country. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. You can apply for a range of visas, including tourist visas and working holiday visas, at your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate. It is also possible to apply for certain types of visas on the Australian Department of Home Affairs website.
To apply for a Australian tourist visa, you have to submit some required documents such as:
You might be asked to submit some additional documents depending on the purpose of your travel and if you are going as a student (evidence of your enrollment at your school/college or university) or employed person (a letter from your employer with details of your income, length of your contract/employment, amount of leave and if your employment will continue on your return from Australia).
All applicants aged below 18 years of age and who are not traveling with both parents must provide a statutory declaration from the non-traveling parent/guardian giving permission to travel to Australia and they have to provide national identity cards or passports..
The visa application charge is the amount of money in Australian dollars (AUD) that must be paid for a visa application. In some cases the visa application is free of charge. And the cost of visas changes from time to time, it also depends on the date when the application will be received.
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