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Signature/Thumb Impression Specifications for OCI registration

An OCI application requires the applicant s to sign or place thumb impression on multiple places, applicant are requested to ensure that the signatures or thumb impressions have been placed where ever required, for more details on Signatures/Thumb Impressions of the applicant kindly click here

Children below 5 years of age should place the thumb impression and children above 5 years of age should write their name or sign.

While uploading signatures on the application form please ensure the below:

  • Signature/ thumb impression should not be distorted (Stretched, carrying a background, pixilated, parts missing). Signature/Thumb impression should be with WHITE BACKGROUND only.
  • Uploaded signature/thumb impression should exactly match with the original signature/thumb impression placed on the application form. and with the passport copy submitted with the application (if applicable)

Photo Specifications for OCI registration

Based upon the specifications of the International Standards Organization (ISO) and ICAO, responsible for standardizing travel documents, the most important requirement for a photograph is that the face must be taken from a full frontal position and the height of the face must meet the prescribed specifications. The eyes must be open, level and clearly visible within the indicated area. The face should be centred within the frame. Please read the instructions below:

Sample Photo

  • The photograph should be in colour and of the size of 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.
  • The background should be a plain light coloured background.
  • Center head within frame.
  • The background should be a plain light coloured 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.

Do’s and Don’ts for a Proper photo

  • The photo should capture full face, front view, with eyes open.
  • The head should be in the centre of the frame.
  • There should be no distracting shadows on the face or background.
  • Make sure 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.

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.

Photograph Print Properties

  • The photograph should be in size 2 inch x 2 inch (51 mm x 51 mm)
  • and in colour.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.

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, inkjet, laser, etc.)

  • Digitally printed photos should be produced without visible pixels or dot patterns
  • Fine facial features should be discernible.

Contrast and Colour

  • Brightness and contrast should be adjusted to present the subject and background accurately.
  • Photos without proper contrast or colour may obscure unique facial features.
  • Colour should reproduce natural skin tones.
  • Fluorescent or other lighting with unbalanced colour may cause unwanted colour cast in the photo.

  • Appropriate filters can eliminate improper colour balance.

Head & Eyes- Position and Background

Head should face the camera directly and should not tilt 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 eyeglass frames.

Eyeglasses

  • Photographs with any type of glasses/spectacles/sunglasses are not acceptable.
  • 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.

Exposure and Lighting

  • There should not be any over-exposure or underexposure 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.

Flexibility in Children’s photographs

  • Babies under one year do not have to have their eyes open.
  • Please ensure the position of the face is square to camera, the
  • Facial expression is neutral, the eyes and the line of sight can have some relaxation. However, a frontal photograph with clarity is required. It should show the child alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible), looking at the camera with a neutral expression and the mouth closed.

Special attention –

Photographs uploaded digitally, should be

  • Without any distortion – face should not appear elongated or pressed when compared with the actual photoPhoto should be uploaded in the upright position; applications with photos uploaded sideways or upside down will not be accepted.
  • Photo should be uploaded in the upright position; applications with photos uploaded sideways or upside down will not be accepted.
  • Uploaded photo should fill the ‘photo upload’ field completely, there should not be any empty/white space shown once the photo is uploaded. Any application with a photo covering only a part of the ‘photo box’ will not be accepted.