When you apply to become a Canadian citizen, you will need to complete and submit an application package, including Form CIT 0002E, if you are applying as an adult. As part of your application package, you will need to submit two (2) photographs of yourself. Familiarize yourself with the requirements for these photos. If you do not follow the requirements, your application will be delayed and you will need to resubmit your pictures.
Your photos must:
- Be of you facing forward, with a neutral expression. Your mouth must be closed and you must not be smiling or frowning in the image.
- Be identical to each other.
- Be taken within the last six months.
- Be black and white or color.
- Be taken with a plain light or white background.
- Be clear and accurate as to how you look.
- Be printed on quality photo paper.
- Not be altered or PhotoShopped.
In addition, the back of the photo must have your name as well as the name of the photography studio or photographer who took the picture. The studio or photographer’s address and the date of the pictures must also be printed or stamped on the back of the photo. Check that the ink or pen has not pressed or bled through to the front of the photo and marred it.
If you usually wear glasses, you can wear them as long as they do not produce a glare and do not hide your eyes. You cannot wear sunglasses or tinted photos for the picture. If you usually wear accessories such as hairpieces, you can wear them for the photo if they do not alter how you typically look. If you wear a head covering because of your religion, you may wear it for your photo if it does not cover your facial features or make them hard to see in any way.
In addition to the general requirements, you must ensure your photo is the right size. The frame size of the photographs must be 2″ (50mm) x 2 ¾″ (70 mm). Your face must be positioned in the middle of the picture with your shoulder tops visible. The entire front of your head must be visible. In the photo, your head must measure no less than 31 mm (1 1/4″) and no more than 36 mm (1 7/16″) from the crown to the chin.
Getting Your Photos Right
Studios and photography studios sometimes offer passport and citizenship photos and these can be one solution. Even when dealing with a photographer who routinely does citizenship photos, bring in the latest photo requirements as they do change.
If you would like more information and support when applying for Canadian citizenship, Immigration Direct has a kit to help you apply for citizenship, with all the forms you need and clear, current instructions for photos. Immigration Direct also has a range of free resources to help you understand the application process. Check out our full range of resources today!