Should I smile in my passport photo or should I have a straight face? Korvia Support Team November 02, 2016 06:59 Follow Smiling in your passport photo is preferred. The majority of ESL teaching positions in Korea are to teach students from kindergarten through grade 6. A friendly smile can leave a good impression on these types of employers. Related articles When should I apply for my Criminal Background Check? What Must My Letter of Recommendation Contain? Can I get my diploma apostilled while I am in Korea? I'm from the UK. How can I apply for a criminal background check? Can I get a FBI background check while I am staying in Korea? Comments 1 comment Sort by Date Votes Annemie Wessels May 25, 2018 16:58 This will depend on your country. In South Africa you should not smile. Also South African passport photos are now taken digitally at the Department of Home Affairs (no need to bring a photo in anymore). 0 Comment actions Permalink Please sign in to leave a comment.