One of the most important parts of applying for your status card is the portrait photo you take. This will end up being the photo of you on the card.
ISC (Indigenous Service Canada) has strict requirements for this photo.
Here's a quick, how-to for you.
Detailed Photo Requirements
❌ No dark, busy, or patterned backgrounds
❌ No objects present in photo, for eg. lamp, framed photos on wall, or furniture
2. Body and Angle
❌ Avoid taking the photo from up above or below your face
Tip: Ask a family member or friend to help take the photo.
3. Face and Expression
❌ Ensure hair does not cover your face or eyes
❌ No smiles, sorry, but we hear you have a lovely one
❌ Ensure there are no glares on your lenses that may obstruct your eyes in photo
❌ Sunglasses cannot be worn on either your face or the top of your head
5. Hats✅ Head coverings required for medical or religious reasons are acceptable.
❌ No hats, baseball caps, toques, or fashion headwear
❌ Be mindful that acceptable head covering does not cast a dark shadow on your face or obstruct your eyes.
❌ Avoid bright spots or dark shadows on one side of your face
Tip: Stand a 2-3 feet away from wall to avoid casting shadows.
8. Camera Focus
❌ Ensure your device's camera lens is free of finger smudges
9. Photo Cropping
❌ Do not crop your photo, allow for plenty of background space
10. Photo Alterations
❌ Do not apply filters or alter your features in your photo
Tip: Take several photos and pick your best one!