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Old May 17th 2012, 3:32 am
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What happens to the photos submitted with the N400 naturalization application? Does it become part of any "card" issued to you?
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Old May 17th 2012, 3:41 am
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What happens to the photos submitted with the N400 naturalization application? Does it become part of any "card" issued to you?
Yes, it gets attached to your naturalization certificate. So make sure it's a good photo!!

We didn't know where Sadegh's photo would end up, we thought it was just for his immigration file, so we got a really bad picture done at Walgreens, it was discolored and pretty ugly. I'm surprised USCIS even accepted it, but they did....and now it's permanently on his naturalization certificate.

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Old May 17th 2012, 4:37 am
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Yes, it gets attached to your naturalization certificate. So make sure it's a good photo!!

We didn't know where Sadegh's photo would end up, we thought it was just for his immigration file, so we got a really bad picture done at Walgreens, it was discolored and pretty ugly. I'm surprised USCIS even accepted it, but they did....and now it's permanently on his naturalization certificate.

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Mine is a nasty one too. Turns out they rejected the good picture I sent I forgot to take my teenie earrings out, so on the day of the swearing in ceremony they had a photographer set up in an alcove re doing pics and mine looked awful. It was close to 100f and we'd been stood in line outside for ages so I looked like something the cat dragged in.
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So, a typical passport photo then?

What does one do with the '"Naturalization Certificate"? Is it framed in the living room? Or filed in a box? or is it a credit card thing like the green card that you have to carry around? Do you need to show it to authorities at any time?
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So, a typical passport photo then?

What does one do with the '"Naturalization Certificate"? Is it framed in the living room? Or filed in a box? or is it a credit card thing like the green card that you have to carry around? Do you need to show it to authorities at any time?
It's an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper, not a small card to carry around. You can frame it if you want, we just filed Sadegh's away in our "important papers" file drawer.

Interestingly, if you are a USC, you are not supposed to have to prove it. Although I'm sure there are certain cases where you must present it to some authority at some point, for some reason, if they question your status.

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It's sooo hard to get a good passport spec photo in this country. I needed to renew my UK passport and went through 3 different places and all were horrible, in the end I just sent off my application today with the bad photo so as not to delay any longer. So I dunno, maybe I'll continue searching for the sake of the naturalization certificate. I have 1 month to go.
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Yes, it gets attached to your naturalization certificate. So make sure it's a good photo!!


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Hi - My naturalization certificate has the picture on it that was taken when my fingerprints were done not the ones that were submitted with our application.

I also took 2 more with me today as it advised that.. but they didn't need them, I have ALOT of passport photos milling around now
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Default Re: The photo one submits with the N-400

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So, a typical passport photo then?

What does one do with the '"Naturalization Certificate"? Is it framed in the living room? Or filed in a box? or is it a credit card thing like the green card that you have to carry around? Do you need to show it to authorities at any time?
You will need to show it to SSA to update you social security record and to the election people to register to vote and to the passport office to get your first passport. Often they set up tables outside the oath ceremony so you can do them right away. After that store it in a safe place.
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Hi - My naturalization certificate has the picture on it that was taken when my fingerprints were done not the ones that were submitted with our application.
Hmmm, so how come it works differently for different folks?
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You will need to show it to SSA to update you social security record and to the election people to register to vote and to the passport office to get your first passport. Often they set up tables outside the oath ceremony so you can do them right away. After that store it in a safe place.
That part was not apparent to me. What changes? Thanks.
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Interesting thread - I'm about to get my photos done and partly dreading it!

The photo on my 10 year green card is terrible
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My husband took my photos with his cell phone (against a white wall), and I printed them on photo paper on a regular home printer. They were accepted, and it didn't cost us anything. I'll know tomorrow at the oath ceremony if they'll want to retake them or not.
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That part was not apparent to me. What changes? Thanks.
You need to update SSA with your status. You'll likely receive a new SS card in the mail (same # though). Most government agencies connect to the SSA database to confirm your status... so it's important that SSA knows you're a USC.

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My husband took my photos with his cell phone (against a white wall), and I printed them on photo paper on a regular home printer. They were accepted, and it didn't cost us anything. I'll know tomorrow at the oath ceremony if they'll want to retake them or not.
Doubtful.

The certificates have likely already been printed.
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Hmmm, so how come it works differently for different folks?
For the obvious reason...because it's USCIS. LOL

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