NRI Papework - Sample Photographs for OCI Card, Indian Passport, India Visa
For OCI card application, in order to maximize your chances of your photograph getting accepted, please follow the guidelines below and look at the common problems in the photograph that can be avoided:
  • No background and centered
    The photo should capture full face, front view, with eyes open. The head should be in the center of the frame. There should be no distracting shows on the face or background.

    Photo 1: Distracting background
    Photo 2: Not centred
    Photo 3: Correct
  • Lighting on face and background
    The light should be even and balanced to avoid shadows on the face.

    Background behind the face should be properly illuminated to avoid shadows in the background.

    Photo 1: Shadows behind head
    Photo 2: Shadow across the face
    Photo 3: Correct
  • Photograph Print Properties
    The photograph should be 2 inch x 2 inch (51 mm x 51 m) and in color.

    Print photo on thin photo paper or stock.

    Ensure the print is clear and has a continuous-tone quality. Do not retouch or otherwise enhance or soften the photo.

    Photo 1: Blurred
    Photo 2: Ink marked/creased
    Photo 3: Correct
  • Resolution and Printing Quality
    High-resolution photography and printing are strongly recommended.

    Both conventional and digital photography are acceptable, and conventional or digital printing methods may be used.

    Resulting print should exhibit a continuous-tone quality regardless of the print method used (dye sublimation, ink jet, laser, etc.)

    Digitally printed photos should be produced without visible pixels or dot patterns.

    Fine facial features should be discernible.

    Photo 1: Washed out colors
    Photo 2: Pixelated
    Photo 3: Correct
  • Contrast and Color
    Brightness and contrast should be adjusted to present the subject and background accurately.

    Photos without proper contrast or color may obscure unique facial features. Color should reproduce natural skin tones.

    Fluorescent or other lighting with unbalanced color may cause unwanted color cast in the photo. Appropriate filters can eliminate improper color balance.

    Photo 1: Looking away
    Photo 2: Unnatural skin tones
    Photo 3: Correct
  • Head & Eyes - Position and Background
    Head should face the camera directly and should not be tilted or turned (portrait style).

    Photo must show both edges of the face clearly.

    The eyes must be open, level and clearly visible and must not be covered by hair or eye-glass frames.

    Photo 1: Hair across eyes
    Photo 2: Eyes closed
    Photo 3: Correct
  • Eyeglasses
    Glare on eyeglasses should be avoid with a slight upward or downward tilt of the head. No tinted or dark glasses.

    Photo 1: Dark tinted lenses
    Photo 2: Flash reflection on lenses
    Photo 3: Correct
  • Head coverings
    Head covering 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.

    Photo 1: Face covered
    Photo 2: Shadows across face
    Photo 3: Correct
  • Exposure and Lighting
    There should not be any over-exposure or under-exposure which results in an unusable photo.

    There should be a three-point balanced lighting. Facial features should be clearly evident in the photo.

    Lighting should be adjusted to avoid shadows on the face or background. Diffuse sources of light, such as umbrella lights, are preferable to point sources.

    Photo 1: Too dark
    Photo 2: Too light
    Photo 3: Correct
  • Flexibility in Children's Photographs
    Babies under one year do not have to have their eyes open.

    For children under ten years of age, requirements can be somewhat relaxed in respect of height of the face, and the position of the eyes in the photographs; and in case of babies and infants also, the position of the face, the facial expression, the eyes and the line of sight can have some relaxation. However, a front photograph with clarity is required for children. It should show the child alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible), looking at the camera with a natural expression and the mouth closed.

    Photo 1: Another person in background
    Photo 2: Mouth open and toy close to face
    Photo 3: Correct