Digital Files:

Temporary residents (students, workers, visitors), Express Entry and Canadian citizenship certificate

  • The photo must show a full front view of the head and tops of shoulders, with the face in the middle of the photo.
  • Size of the head, from chin to crown, must be between 31mm and 36mm.
  • Image size: at least 420 x 540 pixels.
  • We accept JPEG or JPEG2000 format.
  • File size: approximately 240 kB, no more than 4 MB.
  • Image must be in colour (24 bits per pixel) in RGB colour space, the common output for most digital cameras.

Temporary residents and Express Entry

  • The final frame size of the¬†photo¬†must be at least 35mm x 45mm.
  • If you scan an existing photo, the minimum resolution must be 600 pixels per inch.

Canadian citizenship certificate

  • Final frame size of the photo must be 50mm x 70mm.
  • Upload a colour digital photo taken by a commercial photographer (We don't accept black and white photos).
  • Scanned photos are not accepted.
  • Photo must be taken within the last 6 months.
  • Don't use a smart phone to take the photo.
  • Don't change the digital photos in any way.
  • You must also upload the photographer's information (name, address and date the photo was taken) to the "Client Information" item, under Optional Documents. We accept the photographer's receipt or a text file.

How to take a visa photo:

Instructions for photographer: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/ircc/migration/ircc/english/pdf/photospecs-e.pdf