What Are the Citizenship Photograph Requirements?

When applying for Canadian Citizenship there are generally three steps to the application process. First you must identify if you are eligible for citizenship, then you fill out the proper forms for filing, and lastly you pay the required fees. Immigration Direct is able to assist you in this process and make it much easier for you, but you should also be aware that you will need to take some photographs for your application.

This is a typical step for governmental immigration departments the world over and they are all very similar, but different. If you send in a photograph that does not match CIC’s standards you will have to submit another set of photos. No one wants to waste their time making this kind of mistake, so we’ve put together this simple guide to proper immigration application photography.

Your face should appear in the center of the photograph and squared off in the frame. Your head should not be tilted in any way. You also mustn’t make any facial expression such as frowning or smiling and you mouth must be closed. The photos can be in black or color as long as they are on good quality photograph paper. You cannot wear sunglasses, but you may wear your prescription glasses as long as they do not obscure your eyes or the frames block your eyes either. The background should be white or off-white.

Religious head coverings are acceptable as long as they do not prevent the camera from recording your face.

The photograph may be taken by a digital camera, but it cannot have been altered in any way even if the alteration is purely cosmetic. Your name should appear on the back of the photograph as well as the name of the photographer, his/her address and the date the photos were taken.