The photograph of each visa applicant must be a full face photo, taken within the past six months. A "full face " photo is one in which the applicant is facing the camera directly. The applicant should not be looking down or to either side, and the face should cover about 50 percent of the area of the photo. It is preferable that the ears be exposed.
The photograph should measure 2 inches square (roughly 50 mm square) with the head centered in the frame. The head should measure between 1 inch to 1 3/8 inches (25 mm to 35 mm) with the eye level between 1 1/8 inch to 1 3/8 inch (28 mm and 35 mm) from the bottom of the photo. Photos must be in color and must be taken against a white or off-white background. Photos should be printed without borders. Photos taken in front of busy, patterned, or dark backgrounds will not be accepted. Head coverings are acceptable only under very limited circumstances and then only when the applicant's face is completely exposed.