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Taking a suitable biometric photo is one of the most important steps of visa applications. There are a number of criteria you need to meet, and if you neglect one of them, your application might be rejected for this sole reason. Biometric photos allow for a quick identification of travelling passengers and facilitate the regulation of the flow of people into and out of the country. Do not worry though, our online tool makes the whole process easier and we are going to guide you through it, so this part of your application can go as smoothly as possible.
Whatever your travel motive, all types of Australian visas (tourist, business, student, etc.) have the same photo requirements.
At the end of this article, you will have learnt how to take a compliant Australian visa photo directly from home and will know everything there is to know about the guidelines for both visa photos and visa applications.
When submitting your visa application for Australia, you need to attach 2 (two) identical compliant photographs. The photo must have been taken no more than 6 (six) months before the submission date. Keep reading to find out more about how these photos must be in terms of size and other criteria.
The required dimensions for Australian visa photos are between 35 mm and 40 mm in width and between 45 mm and 50 mm in length. The space between your chin and the top of your head must make between 32 and 36 mm of the picture. When it comes to digital photo submission, there is no specified size in pixels, however the photo file size must not exceed 500 kB.
To make sure that your picture has the proper format, you can measure and crop it using the PhotoAiD website or one of our apps (Android passport photo app or iPhone passport photo app), both very intuitive and easy to use. These tools can automatically crop your picture or alternatively just make sure that the photo you upload meets all the official Australian visa requirements.
The background of a visa photo for Australia can be white or light grey. Most importantly, it must contrast with your face, be free of any shadow, reflection, object, or pattern. Finding a suitable background can be tricky, but our visa photo background remover can take care of this aspect for you. Once you have uploaded a picture, its background is automatically cut out by our program and replaced with a compliant, uniform one.
The photo submitted in your application must be clear and focused enough to see all your facial features. It should be in colour, not be blurry, and, for the printed version, not include any damage or impurities. Most smartphones are largely sufficient in terms of photo quality.
It is highly recommended to use natural light. It is best to capitalise on daylight by shooting your picture during daytime. Furthermore, you should avoid using the flash function to prevent any red-eye effects or reflections on your skin. The photo should be neither underexposed nor overexposed. Light should be evenly spread across your face with no shadows, giving it a natural skin tone, and ensuring sufficient contrast with the background.
Your face must be centred in the frame and turned directly towards the camera with your eyes looking staring into the lens. It must not be tilted, nor shifted to one side. Your entire face, including your neck and shoulders, have to be visible.
On your Australian Visa photo, you should try to maintain a facial expression as neutral as possible. Keep your mouth closed and eyes fully opened. Smiling, showing your teeth, frowning, laughing, or grimacing is forbidden.
Some types of adornment are tolerated, such as jewellery or permanent piercings, so long as they do not hide any part of your face, particularly the surface around your eyes, mouth, and nose. Additionally, any reflections caused by such accessories will automatically disqualify your application.
You are allowed to wear prescription glasses for medical reasons only. Their lenses, however, cannot be tinted, have a glare on their surface, nor can the frame obscure your eyes in any way. If you do not need to wear eyeglasses at all time for medical purposes, you should rather take them off to prevent any risk of refusal.
If you need to keep your head covered for religious or medical reasons, you can take an Australian visa photo with headwear on, though these are the only exceptions. However, please bear in mind that your headgear has to be plain, free of patterns and be worn in a way that keeps your face entirely visible from the bottom of your chin up to the top of your forehead. The edges of your face on either side, as well as your face, eyes, eyebrows, and ears must also be unhidden and unshaded.
You have to make sure that your face and ears remain bare, clear of any shadow or strand. If your hair is long, you have better tie it or push it away from your face. On the other hand, any hairstyle is tolerated. Your hair may touch the edges of the frame if it is too bulky. Moustaches, beards, or facial hair are not a problem either.
There is no specific rule regarding what clothes to wear for an Australian visa, which means you can simply stick with your daily outfit. Just keep in mind that you should avoid white or light clothes as they may blend in with the background, and prefer darker or brighter clothes instead.
As a rule, makeup is accepted on visa photos, as long as it does not alter your facial features too much. Any average quantity of makeup should not be a problem nonetheless. Also, please note that retouching your picture in any way (removing scars, wrinkles, moles, etc) is absolutely forbidden.
Now that you are fully informed of Australian Visa photo guidelines you must follow, you may be wondering how exactly you are supposed to proceed. We are going to give you some directions and advice for you to shoot a compliant and satisfactory photo for your Australian Visa.
You can simply go by the following instructions:
If you cannot find a satisfactory picture, remember to take your time. You can take as many shots as needed! This is one of the many compelling benefits of taking Visa and ID photos from home and editing them online with a tool like ours: there is no limit on the number of attempts it takes you—you only pay for a photo that you are happy with.
Let us assume that you do not want your visa application for Australia to fail due to something as frivolous as a non-compliant photo. If so, you may want to check some of the most commonly made mistakes reported by our Australian Visa photo experts.
Below is the list of the most common reasons that stop Australia visa applicants from having their photo approved:
Remembering all these rules might sound like a hassle. However, if you choose our service, our software will let you know if you have forgotten something, in which case you will be able to try again for free!
Once you have obtained a satisfactory picture of yourself on your mobile, the next step is to convert it into a compliant Australia Visa photo. Thanks to our Visa photo generator, it only takes a handful of actions. Keep reading until the end to find out the different ways you can have your photo processed.
You can prepare a compliant photo directly online. All you need is to submit a photo file at the top of this page by clicking on the ‘upload a photo’ button. Our software does the rest, including:
Your Australia Visa photo is covered by a guarantee of acceptance: if the Australia Visa Application Centre rejects your application on the basis of non-compliance to photo guidelines, you will be granted a refund worth double the amount you invested in our service.
You can also have your photo taken AND edited from your smartphone directly. The features of the PhotoAiD app are identical to this website, excepted that you get to prepare an application-ready photo in one single place without having to transfer files to your computer. Our photo-editing app supports iPhone and every other Apple devices. You can download the PhotoAiD app for iOS entirely for free.
Our Visa photo-making app is also available for Android devices. To procure a photo booth that does everything from photo taking to checking and editing straight to your Android smartphone, download the PhotoAiD app for Android, once again completely for free.
If satisfied, you can simply download the resulting picture in digital format. Some visa types support online application. Scroll to the bottom section of this page to learn more.
For paper submission, you must use dye-sublimation and quality photo paper, which means that you cannot just print your photo with a regular inkjet printer and normal paper. However, you can simply order a delivery of the paper print to your physical address, or choose to download the digital version and print it at a local store.
If you are still unsure about using an online tool to take your Australia Visa photo, you may consider the following:
Last update: 28/6/22
💡 What size for an Australia visa photo?
The required photo dimensions for a visa to Australia are between 35 mm and 40 mm in width and between 45 mm and 50 mm in length. Consider using our automatic Visa photo cropping tool to have these directly adjusted online.
💡 What are the Australian visa photo requirements?
The most essential photo requirements for an Australia Visa application include:
This list expands for quite a bit longer. Please check out the top of this page for a detailed list, including details regarding accessories, glasses, and religious headwear.
For your convenience, you may use our Visa photo generator to ensures that your photo meets all of the above criteria and take care of some aspects such as the size and background.
💡 Where to take an Australia Visa photo in Singapore?
The best place to make a visa photo is from home! By following the guide on this page, you will be able to take an appropriate picture of yourself and upload it to for us to resize, edit (with background removal), and review it for compliance.
💡 Do I need an Australian Visa from Singapore?
If you are not an Australian nor a New Zealand national and want to cross the Australian border, you do need a to obtain specific visa. As a Singaporean citizen, you have to apply for an ETA visa (or potentially a Long Validity Visitor visa) and receive it before your intended departure date.
💡 Can I get an Australian Visa from Singapore?
Yes: Singaporean citizens are eligible to apply for an electronic travel authorization (ETA visa), or, alternatively, for a Long Validity Visitor visa through the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Singapore. For the ETA, you will need to gather a number documents, including a compliant visa photo that you can make on this website, and submit your application online from the Australian visa website.
💡 How long does it take to get an ETA visa to Australia?
After an application has been submitted, the Australian ETA visa usually takes up to 3 days to be processed, though this number may vary depending on your administrative or health situation. Once ready, it will be sent to your mailbox.
💡 How much does an ETA visa to Australia cost in SGD?
The ETA visa only requires you to pay a service fee that costs approximately 19.34 SGD (20 Australian dollars).
The visa policy of Australia provides that a foreign national wishing to enter and stay in the Australian territory must obtain a visa: a document serving as a permit to travel in a certain area. A visa applicant may be subjected to certain conditions before obtaining this travel document. A visa can also entitle its holder to other privileges, such as a right to study, work, etc. Both of these apply to Australia. Keep reading to learn more.
The Australian Department of Home Affairs states that you need to obtain a valid visa prior to entering Australia unless you are an Australian or a New Zealand passport holder. Singapore is no exception: you will therefore need to apply for one of the visas available for your country.
Singapore is one of 9 (nine) countries whose citizens are entitled to apply for an ETA visa, or electronic travel authorization. The electronic travel authorization (ETA) is granted to travellers intending to go to Australia for tourism or on business purposes. However, this type of visa does not allow its holder to perform any form of work there. Your ETA can have a validity of 3, 6, or 12 months depending on the travel option you have chosen, and supports multiple entries into the country. Once cleared by customs at the entry, you can travel all across Australia. Please beware that if your passport expires during your time in the country, the ETA becomes invalid and does not allow for a renewal from within its borders, which means you will have to leave immediately.
Singapore citizens may also apply for a Long Validity Visitor visa through the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Singapore. This visa has a validity of 6 (six) years and allows multiple entries to its holder with up to 90 days per visit. As part of the application process for it, you must have your biometric data collected.
As a Singaporean citizen, you can submit your ETA visa application online through the Australian visa website or with the help of an authorized agency such as a travel agency or an airline. You will first be asked to fill out your personal and passport details, then provide your email address, phone number, and bank card information. If the Australian Home Office grants you a visa, it will be dispatched to you by email.
When applying for an ETA visa, you only need to pay a service fee of 20 Australian dollars, which is about 19.34 SGD. Once you have submitted your application, it can take up to 3 days for the visa to be sent to your mailbox. It may only take longer if your application requires additional paperwork or if you need to undergo a medical examination due to health issues. You can check the status of your application at all time on the Australian Home Office website.
The Australian Department of Home Affairs has set certain criteria for applicants to be granted a visa. In order to be eligible, Singapore citizens must observe the following:
Essentially, Australian authorities want to make sure that you do not pose a threat to any member of their population. Additionally, travellers with significant health issues may be asked to undergo a medical exam prior to their departure.
Please remember that you will need to attach a recent biometric photo to your application, for it to be affixed to your visa and enable quick identification at the border. If you do not have a recent and compliant picture to provide, you can read about all the visa photo guidelines in the upper section of this page, and use our visa photo online maker to greatly facilitate this part of the process.
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