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I had a very hard time trying to write my name and A# with pencil on the back of my passport-size photographs ... if I wrote lightly nothing was visible, so I had to press down harder. Now when I look at the front you can see the raised areas where the writing is. Will this cause them to reject my application? I don't know why it is so hard to write on the photos ... I had them taken at Walmart and printed on regular photo paper. I wonder how many photos I will have to ruin before somehow magically I am able to write on their back without affecting the front! I am so frustrated...

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You can write with regular pens.


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ultra fine point sharpie works wonders as well.


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A thousand lives if I could give,
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Only with me you are strong,
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I wrote with pencil because that's what it says to do in the official N-400 instructions published by USCIS. I guess I'll just use a fine-tip sharpie on a new set of photos. I wonder if the USCIS folks themselves ever tried to write with pencil on the back of photos? Doesn't look like it ... or else they won't ask folks to do it. Sigh...

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I wrote with pencil because that's what it says to do in the official N-400 instructions published by USCIS. I guess I'll just use a fine-tip sharpie on a new set of photos. I wonder if the USCIS folks themselves ever tried to write with pencil on the back of photos? Doesn't look like it ... or else they won't ask folks to do it. Sigh...

It very clearly states in the instructions "using pencil or felt pen" in the instructions. take a second look lol.


"A million years if I could live,
A thousand lives if I could give,
I would spend it all again with you,
Don't forget where you belong,
Only with me you are strong,
Not even the gods above can break,
Baby what we have"

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Don't know what instructions you were looking at but my instructions said used pencil only. I also had a hard time using pencil on back of the passport pictures. My instructions said nothing about using felt marker or pen. It only said to used pencil.

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Don't know what instructions you were looking at but my instructions said used pencil only. I also had a hard time using pencil on back of the passport pictures. My instructions said nothing about using felt marker or pen. It only said to used pencil.

http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/n-400instr.pdf

I was looking at the official instructions. Take a look at the required evidence section under photographs. The last sentence says "Using pencil or felt pen, lightly print your name and alien registration (A-Number) on the back of each photo."


"A million years if I could live,
A thousand lives if I could give,
I would spend it all again with you,
Don't forget where you belong,
Only with me you are strong,
Not even the gods above can break,
Baby what we have"

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Sorry, you are right. Don't know what website I was on but it did say pencil only. Once again, sorry.

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"A million years if I could live,
A thousand lives if I could give,
I would spend it all again with you,
Don't forget where you belong,
Only with me you are strong,
Not even the gods above can break,
Baby what we have"

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I had a very hard time trying to write my name and A# with pencil on the back of my passport-size photographs ... if I wrote lightly nothing was visible, so I had to press down harder. Now when I look at the front you can see the raised areas where the writing is. Will this cause them to reject my application? I don't know why it is so hard to write on the photos ... I had them taken at Walmart and printed on regular photo paper. I wonder how many photos I will have to ruin before somehow magically I am able to write on their back without affecting the front! I am so frustrated...

Oh my god! That's horrible! How could you? They will reject it right away....

No seriously. I hope you understand that they will scan your picture. It doesn't matter what you use to write on the back unless you press hard enough or you can see the ink on your picture! That is the only reason why they'd tell you to use a pencil/felt pen (which includes sharpies).

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