Photo for Canadian Citizenship

Photo for Canadian Citizenship

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Canadian Citizenship Photo - Requirements & Size

Photo for Canadian Citizenship
Size
Width: 50 mm
Height: 70 mm
Resolution
600 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 35 mm
  • Bottom of the Photo to the Eye Line: 39 mm
Is it suitable for online submission?
no
Is it printable?
yes
Background Color

How to make a photo?

Body-camera distance
1
Body-camera distance
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
2
Posture: Straight ahead
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face
3
Even lighting on both sides of the face

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

Background

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.

Photo quality

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.

Glasses

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.

Head coverings

 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:

  1. Find the right place to stand where there is natural sunlight.
  2. Ask someone to take a picture of you or place the camera on a tripod approximately 4 feet away.
  3. Pose under Canadian citizenship photo requirements.
  4. Submit your picture via the app or online editor.
  5. 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!

Frequently Asked Questions

💡 What is the size of Canadian Citizenship photo?

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.

💡 What should I wear for Canadian citizenship photo?

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 as well as glasses for medical reasons.

💡 Do you sign Canadian citizenship photo?

While submitting two photogtaphs it is required to sign one. If you took a photo in the photography studio, the photographer should sign and confirm your true likeness.

Generally, they have the same size but some small things may differ so be sure you check the official requirements for the Canadian citizenship if you apply for this document or passport if you apply for Canadian passport.

There are some main reasons why you can be a Canadian citizen, like being a permanent resident, living in Canada for 3 out of the last 5 years., filling taxes (if you need to), passing a citizenship test, proving your language skills.

The applicant cannot smile in the photo to Canadian citizenship, they have to keep their mouth closed so not showing teeth and the facial expression has to be neutral.

The fee amount varies depending on the age of the applicant and the time of processing. However, for adults (18 and over) the processing fee cost $CAN 530 and the right of citizenship fee $CAN 100 so $CAN 630 in total.

Canadian citizenship is typically obtained either by birth in Canada or by birth abroad to at least one parent with Canadian citizenship or by adoption by at least one Canadian citizen. It can also be granted to a permanent resident who has lived in Canada for a given period of time through naturalization.

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.

About the document

Canadian citizenship

Canadian citizenship is typically obtained either by birth in Canada or by birth abroad to at least one parent with Canadian citizenship or by adoption by at least one Canadian citizen. It 

can also be granted to a permanent resident who has lived in Canada for a given period of time through naturalization.

Who is eligible for Canadian citizenship?

To be eligible to become a Canadian citizen, you must:

  • be a permanent resident
  • have lived in Canada for 3 out of the last 5 years
  • have filed taxes, if needed to
  • pass a citizenship test
  • prove your language skills

Canadian citizenship application process

For Canadian citizenship, you can apply online or on paper. The online process requires:

  1. Get an application package - the application package includes the instruction guide and all the forms you need to fill out. Depending on your situation, you might need a different package: 
    • Adult (age 18 or older)
    • Parent or guardian applying for a minor (under age 18)
    • Minor without a Canadian parent applying alone
    • The adult who served with the Canadian Armed Forces
    • Adoption by a Canadian citizen
    • The stateless person born to a Canadian parent
  2. Pay the application fees - Your fees depend on whether you’re an adult (age 18 and over) or minor (under age 18). Your fees may include the processing fee and the right of citizenship fee.
  3.  Submit your application - sign and date the application and send the completed application form and all the required documents by mail or courier. If it’s dated more than 90 days before we get it, we’ll send it back to you.

Canadian citizenship application fees

The fee amount varies depending on the age of the applicant and the time of processing. 

For adults (18 and over) the processing fee cost $CAN 530 and the right of citizenship fee $CAN 100 so $CAN 630 in total. The costs for minors (under 18) are: processing fee $CAN 100 which gives $CAN 100 in total. However, not all applications require online payment. Check the payment options for your application before you continue.

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