Visa Rejected Due to Photoshopped Photo!? Check The Rules!
U.S. Mission to KSA tweeted yesterday, reminding that visa application photo must meet certain criteria and the over-photoshopped photo is UNACCEPTABLE.
According to its official website, the visa photo must reflect the holder’s appearance. Photos must not be digitally enhanced or altered to change your appearance in any way.
Therefore, if you want to remove a few lines and wrinkles to look better – sorry, it’s NOT allowed.
If there’s red-eye and you want to remove it, just submit a new photo without it instead of retouching the photo.
Digitally-altered visa photos or other official ID photos are not accepted in many countries. Here are the related requirements of the U.S. and China as reference.
TIPS TO GET GOOD PHOTO
Now that digital alterations and retouching are unacceptable, how to take a perfect visa and passport photo?
We recommend you use a professional visa photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements. You can take photos in a professional studio and choose the best-looking one to be your visa photo.
Before taking the photo, here are some tips to prepare a good look.
Keep your face clean
Making your face fresh and tidy keeps you from looking like you’re tired.
For men, it’s fine to have a beard but a nice and clean shave may help you look well.
For women, if you usually wear makeup, go ahead and put it on. But a light make-up is better than a heavy one to keep it natural and make you look good.
Check your hair
The photo is generally required to show your full facial features clearly and completely.
So it is important to make sure that your hair is neat and tidy, and there is nothing hanging in your eyes.
There are certain colors and clothing that you should not wear when having an ID photo taken.
Besides the requirements, it would be better to wear a bit differently than you did in your last photo if this is an update since it is reported that some passport offices rejected the photo because it looked too much like the previous photo.
Practice your pose and expression
Positioning your face for this kind of photoshoot isn’t as easy as you’d think. So, sit in front of a mirror for a minute and get used to it.
Stand tall, listen carefully to the photographer and follow the directions to get a good posture and proper expression can undoubtedly improve your look in the photo.
If you want to take the photo yourself and use photoshop to adjust it, here are two tutorial videos for you.
SOURCE | Wikihow / US Gov / CHN Gov
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