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Chinese Visa - photo question

I was wondering if the chinese embassy is picky about the photo?
The photo store wanted to charge me another set of passport photo.

When I looked at the requirements:

3. A recent passport-size color photo with white background stuck on the visa application form;

I was wondering if it's possible to use a self taken photo at home. Cut it up to around the same size as passport. They're not using the photo to make a visa, rather it's probably just for identification and matching with the passport photo.
So would they be as strict about no shadowing(the one i'm using doesn't have one), reflection, and no smile(i purposely didn't smile) haha....

Gonna have to do some PS on the background to make it white...
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we just went to those $3 photo-booths at the mall, no problems at all.

we had 4 friends and ran in and out as quick as we can to get a pic for each of us. it took 2 tries, but at least it was still cheap!
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wing0 wrote: I was wondering if the chinese embassy is picky about the photo?
The photo store wanted to charge me another set of passport photo.

When I looked at the requirements:

3. A recent passport-size color photo with white background stuck on the visa application form;

I was wondering if it's possible to use a self taken photo at home. Cut it up to around the same size as passport. They're not using the photo to make a visa, rather it's probably just for identification and matching with the passport photo.
So would they be as strict about no shadowing(the one i'm using doesn't have one), reflection, and no smile(i purposely didn't smile) haha....

Gonna have to do some PS on the background to make it white...
they have a photo booth at the embassy but i can't remember the price.. probably like 5 bux
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Wow, so China is that lenient on visa photos?

I just got a Chinese visa, and I had the pictures taken at Costco when they had some promo on passport photos, and it was fine.
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The cheapest passport photos are at Costco. I've been at the consulate where the agent rejected the photo. I would avoid amateur snapshots, but if you can pull off a decent photo print (not on plain paper) on your own that is on a solid neutral, well-lit background then go for it.
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Yeh I took mine at Costco too.

Remember your photo has to be recent (within 6 months) i believe.
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how much does Costco charge for passport photos?

and

how many days does it take to process a VISA to China in the Toronto office?

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wing0 wrote: I was wondering if the chinese embassy is picky about the photo?
The photo store wanted to charge me another set of passport photo.

When I looked at the requirements:

3. A recent passport-size color photo with white background stuck on the visa application form;

I was wondering if it's possible to use a self taken photo at home. Cut it up to around the same size as passport. They're not using the photo to make a visa, rather it's probably just for identification and matching with the passport photo.
So would they be as strict about no shadowing(the one i'm using doesn't have one), reflection, and no smile(i purposely didn't smile) haha....

Gonna have to do some PS on the background to make it white...
I never had a problem getting my Chinese visa. I just went to Chinatown and they just took an "ok" shot of me. It worked in 2007 and in 2008. I never got hassled for it.
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espeed wrote: how much does Costco charge for passport photos?
$5.49 at the Queensway location.
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espeed wrote: how many days does it take to process a VISA to China in the Toronto office?

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Usually 3-4 business days.
You can always pay $50 more for same-day rush.
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Market Village in Markham has a photo store that does passport photos (it's near the McDonalds side of the mall by BMO). Never had one of those photos rejected, and I know A LOT of people that use that place.

I believe the photo is only 7.00.
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They were not that picky when I applied. I just took a picture of myself with my digital camera with a light background, print it out at futureshop, and then cut it to size.
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oh yeah I heard recently that it's cheaper to process your VISA to China if you get it in Hong Kong, is that true?
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Use your digital camera and photoshop, you can get your pictures for 20 cents.
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The photo at the embassy is $10 and you get four of them.

The visa will take 3 business days, I think.
There's express or rush service with extra $ of course.
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espeed wrote: oh yeah I heard recently that it's cheaper to process your VISA to China if you get it in Hong Kong, is that true?
You no longer can get your visa in HK unless you're an HK resident:

"Travellers should be aware that visas for mainland China can no longer be obtained in Hong Kong unless the traveller is a Hong Kong resident. "

http://www.voyage.gc.ca/dest/report-en. ... ntry=55000
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The 2010 Visa application requirements ask for a recent 2" x 2" colour photo.

Has anyone applied lately with the regular passport-sized photo? (i.e. not square but rectangular)

Just curious if they'll reject the application with the common passport photo dimensions.
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gmark2000 wrote: The 2010 Visa application requirements ask for a recent 2" x 2" colour photo.

Has anyone applied lately with the regular passport-sized photo? (i.e. not square but rectangular)

Just curious if they'll reject the application with the common passport photo dimensions.
We used standard passport photos from Blacks
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nalababe wrote: We used standard passport photos from Blacks
Was this visa application this year (2010)?
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