Photo Specifications

 A correct photo:

  • Is sharp and in focus
  • Is taken straight on, with a clear view of the face and shoulders, squared to the camera
  • Is in colour
  • Is in jpeg format
  • Has been taken within the last 12 months to ensure an up-to-date likeness
  • Has your eyes open and clearly visible
  • May have glasses worn, as long as the eyes are clearly visible and the glasses do not present a glare resulting from the camera flash


  • For an acceptable example, see the example below:
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    Photos will be rejected if:

    • There is no contrast (e.g. white shirt on white background)
    • It has been photoshopped
    • Your face is not clearly visible or partially covered