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Hi there,

I understand the website states 'scanned' documents, but was wondering whether anyone knows if photographs of documents will suffice, provided detail, file size and image quality are all OK?

Currently don't have access to a scanner and this would be a little easier!

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Get yourself a cheap scanner and properly scan the documents into PDF format.

Personally, I hate people sending me photos of documents, especially when taken with a mobile phone.
 
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You can purchase one for cheap, or try the local library, or a friend, or a company that offers scanning services like an office store, etc.
 

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Agree with the above. Average, blurry, light affected, crooked phone shots dont look great for visa apps.

In saying that, when I was living in Canada temporarily, I went to about 5 photocopy stores, and a couple of libraries, and they all flat out refused to scan my ID documents, so I had to use a smartphone for a couple of things as no one I knew had a scanner. I made damn sure it was a good looking shot.

Would still not recommend it however.
 

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You can buy a basic scanner for 50 bucks nowadays. It is way faster than trying to take photos with a hand held device and the results are way better. You can scan everything directly to pdf.and you can combine the pdf's as required. Working with JPG's taken on a mobile phone is an absolute nightmare for those having to process them.
 

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We bought our new all-in-one HP printer scanner, copy for $48 at Big W, and with 12 months guarantee :D

It's much better than taking a pic of the documents
 

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I actually used mobile phone photos for a lot of ours for the PMV. They were good quality though, and cropped on paint through the computer.
We had no issues.
 

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For what's it worth, I used a phone and took pictures of all my documents and converted them into PDFs.

It was fine in the end.
 

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Most of the documentation I have received in the past that has been photographed on mobile devices instead of properly scanned has been of poor quality and was a nightmare to process. Much of it was unacceptable.

The Department may well accept it, but it doesn’t make their job any easier or it may cause unnecessary delays.

Obviously if you are able to make good quality copies with your phone and make the effort to convert them to pdf’s in the correct size and orientation, that’s quite fine.
 
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