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Hello everybody,

I've been reading this and other forums looking for similar cases, but I'm still not quite sure how to go about switching to my married name.

When I got married and applied for a Green Card I used my maiden name just because that was the name that appeared on all my documents...passport, driver's licence, bank accounts etc., so it seemed logical at the moment.

Now I'm ready to file N-400, and if approved, I would like my US passport to be in my married name.

Since the name on the Social Security card has to match the name on the Green Card, I couldn't get that changed, but I got a driver's licence in my married name, and with that was able to change my name on some minor accounts and documents.

So to recap: Right now I have my Social Security card, Green Card and Canadian passport under in maiden name, and my US Driver's Licence in my married name.

Should I then put my married name as "your current legal name" and my maiden name as "your name exactly as it appears on your permanent resident card," or should I apply under my maiden name and request a name change?

Thanks and good luck to all.

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Hello everybody,

I've been reading this and other forums looking for similar cases, but I'm still not quite sure how to go about switching to my married name.

When I got married and applied for a Green Card I used my maiden name just because that was the name that appeared on all my documents...passport, driver's licence, bank accounts etc., so it seemed logical at the moment.

Now I'm ready to file N-400, and if approved, I would like my US passport to be in my married name.

Since the name on the Social Security card has to match the name on the Green Card, I couldn't get that changed, but I got a driver's licence in my married name, and with that was able to change my name on some minor accounts and documents.

So to recap: Right now I have my Social Security card, Green Card and Canadian passport under in maiden name, and my US Driver's Licence in my married name.

Should I then put my married name as "your current legal name" and my maiden name as "your name exactly as it appears on your permanent resident card," or should I apply under my maiden name and request a name change?

Thanks and good luck to all.

Your marriage certificate is legal proof of your change of name.

So you can enter your married name as your current legal name.

If the interviewer turns out to be misinformed and insists on a legal name change, then he can make the necessary modifications to your application at the interview.


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

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