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Name change procedure-- SSA before US passport?

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Hello,

I finally sent my N400 application and requested a name change in the form.

I know it's a little early to ask this question. But I wanted to know the steps after the name change during the oath ceremony.

Do you first update the Social Security Administration with the name change and then apply for a US passport? Or does it not matter?

Thanks!

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Hello,

I finally sent my N400 application and requested a name change in the form.

I know it's a little early to ask this question. But I wanted to know the steps after the name change during the oath ceremony.

Do you first update the Social Security Administration with the name change and then apply for a US passport? Or does it not matter?

Thanks!

I don't think it matters if you get your passport first or get your SSA record changed first, but you should take care of the SSA record before you change your name on your credit cards, mortgage or lease documents, loan paperwork, bank accounts, utility bills, phone bills, etc.


For a review of each step of my N-400 naturalization process, from application to oath ceremony, please click here.

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It doesn't matter. You can apply for a passport before updating with the SSA. I was told at my oath ceremony by the judge that I had to wait at least 10 days before going to the SSA because it could take up to 10 days for the USCIS system to update that I was now a citizen.


05/01 - Married USC

06/01 - Filed I-130/I-485

01/03 - Conditional LPR approved

05/05 - Conditions removed

12/13 - Divorced USC

10/10/14 - Filed N-400 based on 5+yrs LPR

10/24/14 - NOA

11/12/14 - Fingerprinted

11/14/14 - In line e-notification

12/01/14 - E-notification of interview scheduled

12/05/14 - Received interview letter - Interview scheduled for January 8th.

01/08/15 - Passed citizenship interview and recommended for approval!

01/19/15 - In line for oath ceremony

02/19/15 - Oath scheduled for March 6th, 2015!

03/06/15 - Became a US citizen! :dancing:

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