Photograph Instructions for OCI/PIO
When submitting the photograph, please keep the following things in mind:
  • The photograph should be in color and its size should be 2 inch x 2 inch (51 mm x 51 mm).

  • The photo-print should be clear and with a continuous-tone quality.

  • It should have full face, front view, eyes open.

  • Photo should present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin.

  • Center head within frame.

  • The background should be a plain light colored background.

  • There should not be any distracting shadows on the face or on the background.

  • Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.

  • The expression on the face should look natural.

  • Photographs should be without a border.

  • Background color and the dress color should not be the same. They should be different colors.

  • Photograph should not be stapled and should not have any signature on the photo.

  • Don't wear a white/light colored shirt as it blends with the light background.

  • Light reflection from hair should not be visible.

  • All photographs should be similar and with front view. Do not send assorted photographs.

  • If face is yellowish or reddish, the photo will be rejected by the printer at New Delhi.


Make sure that photo presents full head from top of hair to bottom of chin; height of head should measure 1 inch to 1-3/8 inches (25 mm to 35 mm). Make sure eye height is between 1-1/8 inches to 1-3.


Many applications are pending because of poor photographs. Polaroid photographs, poor quality photographs and photographs taken in uniform or with dark glasses will be rejected. Home printed digital photographs, black and white photos, photographs with dark backgrounds, photographs in uniform, undersized/oversized photographs, or photographs showing a side view are not acceptable. Applications containing such photographs will be sent back at the applicant's cost.

As your photograph is scanned and printed on the card and/or visa, it should be of a high quality for reproduction and conform to International Civil Aviation Organization specifications

Please note that if the photograph does not meet the specifications mentioned here, in case of OCI application, the online printing machine at New Delhi may reject the photo. As no person is rejecting the photos, the Consulate does not accept any arguments over this. Instead, you must provide good quality photos.

Sample photographs and instructions

Sample actual photos - accepted and rejected

Instructions on getting the photographs