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Taking a photo for your ID has never been so easy.
Follow simple instruction to take a perfect ID photo.
The distance between the face and the camera should be about 40 cm. Ideally the photo should be taken by the other person.
Place your face in front of the lens. Hold the camera at eye level and keep neutral face expression.
Stand facing the light source, for example an exposed window. The background will be cut out, don't worry about it.
A UK residence card is documentation that works similarly to a Visa. It enables people to live and work in the UK, with a validity of up to five years. After the card expires, people are able to apply for permanent residency. To apply for a UK Residence Card, few things need to be done, starting with a photo.
Standard requirements for a UK Residence Card Photo are exactly the same as British Passport requirements. These requirements are essential as, without a correct picture, a residence card might be denied.
Size and format of the picture must follow a specific specification so the application is approved. Most of the
In regards to the quality of printed photos, they must be printed in a professional standard. Pictures must not be blurry, but focused and clearly show applicants' faces. They also cannot be altered by computer software, or any social media filters.
Innovative technology now allows individuals to take their official document photos at home. This can be done with their mobile device or a camera. A person must make sure they stand 40 cm away from the camera lens facing forward, with light flashing evenly on the face so a shadow is not created. After taking the picture, an online editing tool will enable individuals to edit their photograph in case it doesn’t follow the documentation guidelines.
Using a mobile app, however, is a more convenient way as everything is completed on a mobile device. The app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. Editing using apps tools permits photos to be checked in accordance to photo guidelines, edited with use of tools such as background removal, or cropping feature. Editor within the app also permits a picture to be retaken - giving tips on what to do or not do.
For digital photos, quality must be at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels tall. And be minimum 50KB and no more than 10MB.
Due to complex specifications, taking a picture yourself might be difficult. Other options, apart from the app, for applicants to avoid any issues with a picture is to use photo booths or photography services, that are designed for official documents pictures to be taken. These services have high-quality cameras, appropriate backgrounds and specific photographic papers that pictures are printed on. Hence, the chances of rejection in such a case are non-existent
Most common question asked in regards to official document photographs is what to wear. In this case rules about passport and Visa clothing also apply to Residence Card Photo clothing. Firstly, the most recent photo must be uploaded to reflect the applicant's latest appearance. What’s not accepted in a residence card photo is:
For any drastic appearance changes, a new photo must be taken. This is when a person has lost or gained a lot of weight, removed or added a visible tattoo, had a facial surgery of any sort, changed a belief and started to wear a religious uniform, or changed their identity through gender transition.
Application for children is a slightly different process. If a child's guardian has permanent residence status, their child is automatically a British citizen. In this case, children applications are only to be done for a passport. For a passport photo, what remains the same is that children have to be by their own in the picture, and are not allowed to be held by their parents. Toys or dummies are also not allowed to be present in the picture. For children under age of six, they don’t have to look into the camera's lens.
Common mistakes are always caused when a person is uninformed. Some are simple whilst some are more complex. Therefore it should be mentioned that people should not: wear excessive amounts of makeup (that hides natural look), keep their sunglasses on, wear any headwear unless exempt, smiling or showing teeth, wearing clothing that is the same colour as a background, wearing a uniform, scarves or headbands.
Last update: 02/10/2023
The UK Residence Card, also known as the European Economic Area residence card (EEA) acts like a Visa, which allows people to work and live in the UK. These cards are valid for 5 years and then can be transformed into permanent residency. Yet with the current, Brexit, cards will only be valid till 30th June 2021. Afterwards, people can apply for an EU Settlement Scheme.
A biometric residence permit known as BRP is used widely to confirm people’s identity, right to study or right to any public services in the UK. It is commonly given when individuals apply for a UK Visa, settlement, Home Office travel documents, residency, transfer of visa to a new passport, or extension of visa. The process is automatic, and a separate application for BRP is not needed. BRP information includes:
For some BRP, a National Insurance (NI) number may be visible at the back. This depends on the circumstances of visa status or date of issuement.