Other Photo Sizes

Canadian Citizenship Photo Specifications

Please visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/photospecs-cit.asp

Canadian Immigration Photo Specifications

The photos must:

  • show a full front view of the person’s head and shoulders showing full face centered in the middle of the photograph;
  • have a plain white background;
  • be identical (black and white or colour) produced from the same untouched negative, or exposed simultaneously by a split-image or multi-lens camera;
  • measure between 25 mm and 30 mm (1” and 1 1/5”) from chin to crown;
  • have a 35 mm x 45 mm (1 3/8” x 1 3/4”) finished size.

Please visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/kits/guides/E37057.pdf

Photo Specifications for Licence Application for a Security Guard and/or Private Investigator

  • Photo size 50mm x 70 mm (Canadian passport photo size);
  • must be taken within last 6 months;
  • must be taken with uniform lighting;
  • no retouched photos, photos that peel or group photos;
  • clear, sharp and in focus;
  • no shadows or flash reflection on the face/head;
  • eyes must be open and clearly visible;
  • show both edges on the face clearly;
  • show a full frontal view of face and shoulders squared to the camera;
  • no sunglasses;
  • no hats or head coverings unless for religious reasons and only if the full facial features are clearly visible.

Please visit: http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/GetFileAttach/008-06-005E~1/$File/008-06-005E%20-%20Fillable.pdf

Photo Specifications for an Application for IELTS Test

General Requirements

  • Candidates must provide two identical colour photographs that are not more than six months old
  • Black and white photographs are not acceptable
  • Photos from a mall photo-booth are not acceptable
  • The photographs must not be stamped, signed / written on, marked, folded, stapled over or damaged in any way.

Photo Size

  • Standard Canadian passport sized photograph: Minimum 35 mm in width; Minimum 45 mm in height

Photo Pose

  • A close-up of the head and top of shoulders (80%+ of the photo)
  • Looking straight towards the camera with face square on
  • Both ears showing or both edges of the face visible if hair covers the ears
  • NOT personal portrait style (glamour shot)
  • NOT looking over one shoulder
  • Head not tilted or rotated

Photo Quality

  • Print quality of professional standard
  • High quality paper and colour image
  • No ink or marks on the image

Lighting and Focus

  • No shadows or glare on the image or background
  • Good colour balance that shows skin tones naturally
  • A plain, light coloured background (beige, white, blue background recommended, not red) – no objects in the background – no patterned background
  • Appropriate brightness and contrast
  • Uniform lighting/ sharp focus and clear
  • No ‘red eye’


  • A neutral expression with mouth closed – no smiling, squinting, frowning or raised eyebrows
  • Nothing covering the face
  • Eyes open and clearly visible – no hair covering the eyes

Head Covers, Clothing & Glasses

  • Nothing should hide the outlines of the eyes, nose or mouth
  • No glasses
  • Head coverings worn for religious reasons are permitted – Facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of face must be clearly shown.

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Photo Specification for an Application for a Licence Under the Firearms Act, Canada

Photos must meet the following criteria:

  • The photo should be no larger than 45 mm x 57 mm (1 3/4″ x 2 1/4″). Your head in the photograph must be at least 30 mm (1 3/16″) high.
  • Show a full front view of your head and shoulders.
  • Use a plain, contrasting background without shadows.
  • Do not wear a hat or sunglasses. Your eyes should be clearly visible and should not appear to be red.
  • The photo should have been taken within the last twelve (12) months.
  • The photo must be original, not taken from an existing photo.
  • Digitally produced photos are acceptable provided all other requirements are met.
  • A guarantor must print his/her name on the back of photo and sign it.

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Medical Exam Photo Specifications

  • The medical exam photos in Canada are the same as the photos for Canadian Passport.
  • Photos size 50 mm X 70 mm.
  • Please see instructions for Canadian Passport Photos above