I have a young child. What kind of photo is acceptable?
When it comes to taking a picture of a young child, here are a few things to bear in mind:
If your child does not settle you may be asked to take a short break or to return the following day.
Only your child should be visible in the photo. Otherwise, the photo may be rejected and your child will have to resubmit their biometric information.
If your child is five or under, they don’t have to be looking directly at the camera or have a neutral expression.
If your child is under one year old, their eyes don’t have to be open. If you use your hand to support their head, your hand shouldn’t be visible in the photo.
If your child needs to sit on your knee for their photo, you may need to wear a grey cloak provided by the Post Office. This is so you don’t appear in the photo.
We also have steps to help you take your child’s photo. They can stand on these steps to have their photo taken – so you don’t have to hold them.
Do I need to accompany my child, or can another family member go instead?
Only the responsible adult named on your letter from the Home Office can go with the child to submit their biometric information.
I wear a head covering. Will I have to remove it when my photo is taken?
Head coverings worn for religious reasons are acceptable, but care must be taken to ensure your face is not covered.
For some applicants wearing a religious head covering is necessary, however, please be aware that if a head covering is too light in colour, it may not be possible to see it clearly against the grey background of the biometric enrolment station. Please remember to wear a dark coloured head covering.
We’re aware of the need to protect your dignity, privacy and modesty. If you need any special arrangements, just let us know. We’ll be happy to help.
Can I wear my glasses when my photo is taken?
You can’t wear glasses or sunglasses while your photo is being taken.
You must also remove the following items during enrolment:
Hats, scarves, or any other headgear not worn for religious reasons