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I need some advise. I worked illegally under a different name. This came up during the change of status process. That wasn't a problem during the interview, I apologized to the officer as I legitimately misunderstood the question. I thought it only had to do with Maiden name usage, legal name changes and such.

Now I'm about to apply for naturalization and the question is there again. Should I just fill in N/A or should I write down the false name I used. Ironically I decided to do that to avoid any issues in case I wanted to formalize my status, now I'm not so sure it was a good idea. Any suggestions? I did pay all my taxes under the flase name and never had any problems with the law. Thanks in advance.

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I need some advise. I worked illegally under a different name. This came up during the change of status process. That wasn't a problem during the interview, I apologized to the officer as I legitimately misunderstood the question. I thought it only had to do with Maiden name usage, legal name changes and such.

Now I'm about to apply for naturalization and the question is there again. Should I just fill in N/A or should I write down the false name I used. Ironically I decided to do that to avoid any issues in case I wanted to formalize my status, now I'm not so sure it was a good idea. Any suggestions? I did pay all my taxes under the flase name and never had any problems with the law. Thanks in advance.

Well it certainly is not N/A as you already have come out with this info, and it most likely noted in your "A" file


YMMV

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Although the W2s showed both my false name and a made up ssn.

Nice, someone will receive better retirement benefits because of you ;)

To payxibka, what is an "A" file? Thanks again.

It is your immigration file that contains all the immigration related information about you, filed under your Alien Registration Number (A Number).

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If you mentioned this at AOS, and you just worked under a "made up" name and a "made up" SSN, and did not claim to be a US citizen, it should not be an issue at all. Working without authorization is forgiven at AOS, so if there had been an issue with misrepresentation, it would have backfired 3 or 5 years ago already.

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There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all . . . . The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic . . . . There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

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Thanks for all the help. So let me see if I have this right. Whether I decide to fill in the information about the false name or if I just fill in N/A, it won't really matter since that is part of the completed AOS process.

So just a show of hands...N/A or false name?

Again, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with me.

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If they already know about it don't worry. Just tell them again so they don't accuse you of withholding information. If they ask you why you did that in the interview tell them you desperately needed to work and explain you have already told them during AOS. At least you weren't on the street selling crack or something, you tried to make money honestly and everyone needs to eat don't they?


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You definitely cannot put N/A - that means it is not applicable and it is applicable. Not putting the name you used down is misrepresentation --you are hiding a material fact that could have an impact on your application. USCIS already knows about it from the earlier interview so if you don't declare the same information now, it will appear that you are deliberately trying to misrepresent the truth. You did use another name so you do have to put that down. They will do security searches on that name as well to make sure it has no criminal records.

The situation with the faked SSN may or may not be serious. You may wish to have a consultation with a competent immigration lawyer and discuss that situation before you submit your application.

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Thank you all so much. I didn't even think about the background check part, I guess they'll want to check both names. I just wanted to make sure. I'll just fill in the name.

As far as the SSN I later found out that it didn't even follow a valid ssn structure, in other words, that combination will never be assigned unless there is a change in the ssn nomenclature.

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