Photo for Canadian Citizenship
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Passport photo-taking tips
Follow these guidelines to create the perfect passport picture.
Consider the distance
Keep your front-facing camera 16–20 inch (40–50 cm) away from the face. For rear cameras, keep a 4–6 foot (1–2 meter) distance.
Keep your head and body straight
Look directly into the camera and avoid tilting your body. Remember, portrait mode is unacceptable for passport photos.
Prepare good lighting
Take your passport photos in a daylight setting, like near a window on a sunny day. Shadows on your face or in the background are not permitted.
Canadian Citizenship Photo - Requirements & Size
Here’s a quick overview of all requirements for your photo.
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Image definition parameters
Head height: 35 mm
Bottom of the Photo to the Eye Line: 39 mm
Need more info on passport photos? Read these FAQs
Canada is the second-largest country in the world which millions of tourists visit every year. If you are a Canadian citizen or you want to become one, you have to meet some requirements regarding photographs and the Canadian citizenship application process.
However, Canadian visa, immigration, citizenship, and passport requirements are the strictest in the world. This is why it is important to meet the Canadian requirements regarding photos to documents such as Canadian Citizenship.
Canadian citizenship photo specifications
It is important to know that the Canadian Citizenship photos might be slightly different than the Canadian Passport requirements, Permanent Residence or Immigration photos. It is recommendable to be photographed by a professional portrait studio specializing in Canadian citizenship photos. However, you can still use our PhotoAiD tool which gives you an effect like from a professional studio but you can try to take the photo as many times as you want!
Read this guide to find out all the important specifications regarding the Canadian citizenship photo size, facial expression, head position, quality of image and photo paper, lighting as well as background color and more.
General requirements for Canadian Citizenship photo
- Provide two identical citizenship photographs (except Renunciation applications, where only one photo is required)
- Photographs must be printed on a plain high-quality photographic paper
- Provide the name of the photographer or the studio, the studio address and the date the photos were taken on the back of the photos
- Print the name of the person on the back of the photos
The photo size for Canadian citizenship
The dimensions for the Canadian citizenship photo are 50 mm wide x 70 mm high (2 inches wide x 2- 3/4 inches long) and the height of the head measures between 31 mm (1- 1/4 inches) and 36 mm (1- 7/16 inches) from chin to crown of the head. 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. 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.
Other specifications regarding photos to Canadian Citizenship must:
- be in color, clear, sharp and in focus
- be taken with a neutral facial expression
- show the applicant’s eyes open and clearly visible
- show that the candidate’s mouth are closed and he/she is not smiling
- have uniform lighting and no shadows, glares or flash reflections
- face and shoulders to the camera: straight-on, centred and squared
- represent natural skin tones of the applicant
- show your current appearance (taken within the last six months)
- be an original photo that is not altered in any way or taken from an existing photo
Capture the photographed person on a plain white or light-coloured background with a clear difference between their face and the background. If you cannot reach the exact color, use our PhotoAiD background remover which removes any patterns and changes the colour for the right, white one.
The photo cannot be overexposed or underexposed, damaged or scratched. Some institutions do not accept photos printed at home and photos printed on heavyweight paper so be sure that you do not use your home printer, the best is to go to the photo labs to avoid rejection of the picture.
If you usually wear glasses, you can wear them as long as they are not tinted and they do not hide or block your eyes in any way. You cannot wear sunglasses.
If you usually wear a cosmetic accessory, such as a wig, you may wear it as long as it does not disguise how you look. Head coverings worn for religious reasons may be worn if they do not hide any facial features.
How to take a photo for Canadian citizenship at home?
If you think about taking a photo of Canadian citizenship at home, this is what you should know. Even though the Canadian rules regarding citizenship documents are strict, it is allowed to take a photo by yourself. It is possible with a 100% warranty of acceptance! You just need to follow the official requirements about which we were writing and these 5 simple steps below.
Just download a PhotoAiD app for your phone with iOS or Android or use an online photo maker and follow these 5 simple steps about how to take a Canadian citizenship photo by phone:
- Find the right place to stand where there is natural sunlight.
- Ask someone to take a picture of you or place the camera on a tripod approximately 4 feet away.
- Pose under Canadian citizenship photo requirements.
- Submit your picture via the app or online editor.
- Receive via e-mail a file prepared for printing or sending in a digital version.
Canadian citizenship online Photo Tool
The Canadian citizenship photo editor is based on Artificial Intelligence Technology. This means that all pictures uploaded to the PhotoAiD tool are automatically verified by AI and marked as correct or incorrect. You have nothing to lose because it is completely free of charge! You pay only for a perfectly done photo that you wish to download. All previews are for free. Read on to find out how it works.
Canadian citizenship background remover
Artificial Intelligence works like a background remover; it removes all the patterns or shadows and is able to change your background color really quick! You get the Canadian Citizenship picture in a uniform white!
Canadian citizenship photo cropper
The online photo resizer changes the size of your photographs and adjusts the Canadian Citizenship photo official requirements. It measures the distance and crops the head and face to the top and bottom of the photo as it is pointed in the Canadian citizenship dimensions.
Canadian citizenship photo verification
The photographs you want to attach to the application form must comply with the specifications we presented above. If they don’t, then you will be obliged to provide new pictures before your application can be processed. That is why we use artificial intelligence to check photos produced on our website.
Every photo which is validated by our photo maker has a warranty of acceptance. You may not remember which is the correct size or a background’s color but once you choose a preferred document like Canadian citizenship. You will receive a photo of guaranteed quality ready to send or print.
Canadian Citizenship template
The last process is creating the Canadian Citizenship photo template that is ready to download via email. After you receive your ready photo, you can print it by yourself in a local printing place or you can order an already printed one to be shipped for you. It depends on you!
This process might seem long and difficult but everything in the app or on the website is very quick and it takes only a few seconds to have the right Canadian citizenship photo-ready!
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