What are the photos in the N-400 application used for? Is it the one used on the naturalization certificate?
They are a backup for the naturalization certificate. Usually, they use the digital photo that is taken for biometrics after filing the Form N400. If the equipment for making the certificates is not working, they sometimes use the backup photos.
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A variety of reasons including verification that he same person is submitting the application is the same person who was granted residence, completion of naturalization certificates, etc.
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