Visa procedures differ for each country and we can quickly get confused. Indian visa can take different forms and different procedures depending on its use, but photo requirements are common in all these types. In this article we will introduce you to the procedures that apply in the case of an Indian visa application, and more specifically those regarding India visa photo requirements.
The obligation of the identity photo
Apart from the nationals of a few countries including Bhutan and Nepal, everyone must have a visa to enter the country. Regardless of the type of visa desired, it is imperative to provide an identity photo to be able to obtain it.
As a passport is valid for 10 years, the face of its holder can change greatly during this time. This is why you are invited to provide a recent passport photo (less than 6 months old) in order to be easily identifiable. In addition, it guarantees your identity (there must be a match between the photo of your passport and your visa) and limits the risk of your visa being used by a third party (identity theft).
What photo format for an India visa?
Regarding the shape, the requirement for the photo is that it must show in detail your head and the top of your shoulders, so that your face covers 70-80% of the photo. (Be careful, the shoulders must not be bare).
However there is a difference between the size required for the normal visa and the evisa India (India Tourist Visa, India Conference Visa, India Medical Visa, India Medical Attendant Visa and India Business Visa)
For the classic visa, the Indian standard imposes a photo format of 5 × 5 cm for the Indian Visa.
For the e-Visa, the photo must respect certain standards: Jpeg format, a size of 350 × 350 pixels and between 10 KB and 1MB.
A tip if you are in a hurry and your photo does not meet these standards: to resize your visa India photo:
Open your photo in Paint
Click on “Resize“. Select the Pixels option
Enter the desired width and height, 350 and 350.
Save your file after renaming it.
How many photos are required for the India visa application?
for the classic visa you are required to depose two photos Only one
for the e-Visa only one photo is required
The main criteria of the India visa photo
The photo must take the square shape with the same width and height.
The face must be in the center of the frame, fully visible and clearly defined, including the top of the skull and the bottom of the chin.
The eyes should be open and visible, looking directly into the camera. It is therefore important that you take the picture without glasses (except for the prescribed medical glasses). Pay attention to the photonic effect of red eyes as it may cause document rejection.
The background should be light colors or white.
The photo should not contain shadows on the background or the face
The photo must contain no borders.
For the expression, it is necessary to keep a neutral face without special grimaces to keep the natural character of the photo, the applicant must look at the lens with his eyes wide open and his mouth closed, without smiling.
There are no recommendations for beards and clothing, but it is better to dress professionally to avoid all kinds of refusals.
The photo must be taken without a hat or head covering, unless the applicant covers his head for religious reasons. In this case, the main features of the face should be clearly visible in the photo. The chin, nose, eyes and eyebrows must be clearly visible and the forehead must be free as the photo must clearly show the contours of the face.
As with religious head wraps, the hair must be clear of the face and not cover up part of it, to ensure visibility of all the contour and necessary features.
The child-specific criteria in the India visa photo
Photo of classic Indian visa
For the classic Visa, you can take them with a professional photographer (take the photos according to the conditions mentioned and respect the measures), or in any office which has a photo booth to the photo standards of the Indian visa
Photo of India visa online
The photo for the India e-Visa can be taken from a Smartphone or digital device at home, or from a scanned photo. You will simply have to resize it so that it is square and in the requested format, while respecting the general conditions. You can also go through a professional photographer to be surer.
Can I reupload my photo for an India visa?
You cannot reupload your photo for an India visa. To respect Indian visa photo standards, your photo must not be reupload. The photo should show your face complexion in a natural way. It should be crisp, with enough contrast and light to reveal your natural features. There should be no shadows, neither on the face nor on the background. if you are not able to upload. You can email the document using the Contact Us form.
What is the price of photos for an Indian visa?
At a photographer, the photo will cost you around €10 for both photos. If you choose a digital photo from a professional (for the e-visa), count 5€
To avoid refusals because of the simple details when submitting an Indie visa file, you must know these simple recommendations and respect them for a simple, easy and efficient procedure