I removed stickers of my IELTS exam from my passport, and that left some white colour on my passport back page.

Will this cause me any problems when applying for a UK visa?

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    As long as all the pages are not tampered with, any residue (like white glue, etc.) on the cover of the passport is of no concern. Dec 25, 2016 at 8:47
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    You can always use a little rubbing alcohol to remove any adhesive residue from your passport's back cover.
    – user13044
    Dec 25, 2016 at 8:54
  • @Tom I tried that with my US passport, and it removed some of the finish from the cover, too, so there is a spot that is less shiny and slightly lighter in color.
    – phoog
    Dec 26, 2016 at 4:16

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No, that should not cause any problem - the minor damage you describe doesn't meet the criteria for a 'damaged passport', which are:

A damaged passport is one which isn’t in a condition to be accepted as proof of identity.

Damage may include the following:

  • details are indecipherable
  • the laminate has lifted enough to allow the possibility of photo substitution
  • discolouration to the bio-data page
  • chemical or ink spillage on any page
  • missing or detached pages
  • the chip or antenna shows through the end paper on the back cover for the new style e-passports
  • the chip has been identified as damaged after investigation

Damaged and faulty passports: guidance for examiners - UK Government, 10 November 2016

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