The Kosmos Visa Application Centre provides a Biometric ICAO-approved photograpy service. For further information please visit 'additional service'


  • • Taken against a light grey or cream background;
  • • Without a border;
  • • A close up of your head and top of your shoulders so that your face takes up 70-80% of the photograph;
  • • In sharp focus and clear;
  • • Be undamaged (not torn, creased or marked);
  • • Subject facing forward, looking straight at the camera;
  • • 4,5 cm high x 3,5 cm wide;
  • • Show your natural skin tone;
  • • Have appropriate brightness and contrast;
  • • Be a recent true likeness of the subject, taken within the last 6 months;
  • • Show the full head, without any covering unless worn for religious or medical reasons (if a headscarf is worn chin, nose, eyes and eyebrows must not be covered; the forehead should be uncovered to the extent that the shape of the face is apparent);
  • • Taken without hat or cap;
  • • The eyes must not be covered by hair ;
  • • Show subject facing square on to the camera, not looking over the shoulder or tilted, and showing both edges of the face clearly;
  • • Free from effects such as shadows, ‘redeye’ or airbrushing;
  • • Be free from reflection or glare on spectacles, the frames of which must not cover the eyes (if possible, we recommend photographs without spectacles to avoid the risk of rejection because of glare or reflection);
  • • Of each person on their own (and without objects such as dummies or toys, or other people visible);
  • • With a neutral expression with the mouth closed (no grinning, frowning or raised eyebrows);
  • • Be free from airbrushing or similar enhancement (for example photographs must not be ‘photo-shopped’, ‘touched-up’ or otherwise digitally altered).