Things to note

• Your photograph must meet ICA’s requirements (see details below). Failure to meet these requirements can delay your application or result in its rejection.

• Your photograph must not be altered or enhanced in any way. This includes the modification of facial features and/or the usage of photo editing software.


Requirements

  • Taken within the last 3 months
  • Clear and in focus, 35mm wide by 45mm high, without any borders
  • In colour taken against a plain white background without shadows
  • Avoid white headgear and plain white clothing (headgear worn in accordance with religious or racial customs is acceptable but must not hide any facial features)
  • Full face with the upper shoulders visible, facing forward with eyes open
  • Hair must not cover the eyebrows or the eyes
  • Even exposure (must not be taken under direct lighting)
  • Spectacle frames must not cover part of the eyes
  • Spectacle lenses must not reflect or glare.

Additional requirements

FunctionImage file formatFile size no more than
Application for passportjpg, jpeg or png file extension2 MB
Re-registration for identity cardjpg, jpeg or png file extension2 MB
Application for permanent residencejpg or jpeg file extension1 MB
All other applicationsjpg file extension60 KB

Dos and Don'ts

Have an even exposure (must not be taken under direct lighting) images_photoguidelines_light_exposure
Hair must not cover eyebrow or eyes images_photoguidelines_hair
Spectacle frame should not cover part of the eyes. Lenses should not have reflections/glare images_photoguidelines_specs
Full face with upper shoulders seen, facing forward with eyes open images_photoguidelines_fullface
In colour taken against plain white background without shadows images_photoguidelines_background
You should face the camera directly images_photoguidelines_facecamera

Last Update: 28 Jan 2019