People from certain countries have to apply for a visa if they want to travel to Ireland. If you are a national from a country which is subject to Ireland visas, you have to submit several supporting documents with your Irish visa application.
Among those documents are two passport-sized pictures.
However, you cannot submit just any pictures. There are specific Ireland visa photo requirements that the pictures you submit have to meet. If your pictures do not meet the specifications set by the Irish authorities, your Ireland visa could be denied, or at best, the visa processing time could be delayed.
Ireland Visa Photo Requirements
Ireland visa photo size
The size of the photos you submit with your Ireland visa application have to meet the following requirements:
- Dimensions: 45-50mm in height and 35-38mm in width
- Your face must occupy around 70-80% of the picture.
- The picture must also show your whole face, the top of your head, and the tops of your shoulder.
- There should be about 3mm from the top of the picture to the top of your head/hair.
Other Ireland visa photo specifications
Other than size, the Ireland visa photo requirements include:
- Both pictures must be identical.
- They must be taken recently – they cannot be older than six months.
- They have to be printed on photo paper, and the back of the pictures should be white and non-shiny.
- Both pictures have to be colored.
- The background has to be white or light grey, with no patterns.
- The quality of the pictures must be good. This means:
- The focus must be sharp.
- No over or under-exposure.
- Appropriate color balance.
- No red eye.
- Natural flash tones.
- No shadows or glare, on your face or the background.
- Your face/head has to be clearly distinguished from the background.
- Your head has to be centered in the picture.
- You have to stare directly into the camera.
- You must have a neutral facial expression.
- No smiling, squinting, frowning, or grimacing of any kind.
- Your mouth must be closed and your eyes must be open.
- Your face cannot be covered. This means:
- No sunglasses or other types of tinted glasses.
- No hair falling on your face, eyes, or forehead.
- If you wear glasses normally, make sure they do not have thick frames or cover your eyes. If your glasses conceal your eyes, you have to remove them.
- Make sure there is no glare/reflection from the flash on your glasses.
- No head coverings are allowed, such as hats, headbands, caps, etc.
- If you wear a head covering for religious reasons, you can keep it as long as it does not conceal your face.
- You cannot edit your picture, such as to remove birthmarks, scars, or even red-eye.
Ireland visa photo requirements for young children
If you need to apply for an Ireland visa for a baby or newborn, you must also submit pictures for them. The requirements for babies and young children are as follows:
- You (or anyone else) cannot be in the picture with the child.
- There cannot be something else, such as toys, in the picture with the child.
- Their eyes have to be open and they have to stare directly into the camera.
- Their mouth must be closed.
- They cannot have their hands or anything else obstructing their face.
Otherwise, the same Ireland visa photo specifications as for adults also apply for children and babies as well.
How to Submit the Ireland Visa Photo?
The Ireland visa application has to be submitted in hard copies. Therefore, the pictures have to be printed on photograph paper and placed in an envelope along with the rest of the required documents for an Ireland visa application.
Make sure that the backs of the pictures are not shiny or glazed because you have to write the following there:
- Your name.
- Your application/transaction number.
You have to write it in block letters.
Make sure to include the pictures in the same envelope as the Ireland visa application form. However, do not glue or staple them to the form.
Note: You have to fill in the Ireland visa application form online and then print a summary copy. Then, you have to place the form and the rest of the required documents inside a large envelope and submit them to a visa application center or Irish embassy/consulate in your country. The application form summary with inform you where to submit the application, since it differs based on the country.