Many visa applications require candidates to submit passport-sized photos. Usually, the exact requirements for the photos are specified in the application documents.
And yet, submitting incorrect passport photos is a really common mistake that visa seekers make.
Some of the most common issues with passport photographs include:
The background of the photograph is the wrong colour
The photo is too dark
The photo is not in the correct size
One recent Visa First customer even used a pillowcase as their white background! Nice try!
Get your passport photos taken by a professional.
Sure, it might cost you a few quid.
But at least you’ll have peace of mind that your visa application won’t be delayed by something as silly as passport photographs.
4 – Submitting ‘a copy of your passport’ as a photo
You can do anything with a smartphone, right?
Well, maybe not anything…
Believe it or not, when it comes to visa requests, smartphones can sometimes be more of a hindrance than a help.
It is not uncommon for visa applications to require ‘a copy of an original passport’.
In response, many candidates submit smartphone photos of their passports.
Picture quality can vary drastically depending on the smartphone.
And let’s face it. Not everyone is a natural photographer (apologies in advance if any of the below sounds like you)!
It’s not unusual for passport photos to be submitted with the photographer’s fingers captured in the photo, the passport being illegible due to the shadow cast by the smartphone or background is visible in the picture!
All of these are problematic.
In most cases, the information contained on your passport must be crystal clear in order for your application to be accepted.
So how can you create ‘a copy of your passport’ that will meet the required standards, without using a smartphone?