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I submitted my N400 application already. I used as current legal name as the one I have in my passport (long version) and the name as it appears on my green card a short version, when it comes to change the name part I marked NO because I was assuming my green card name will the one they will print in my certificate, but I am not sure. Do you have any idea? . I do not want the long name (Current legal name ). to be in my certificate, can I change it in the interview?

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I submitted my N400 application already. I used as current legal name as the one I have in my passport (long version) and the name as it appears on my green card a short version, when it comes to change the name part I marked NO because I was assuming my green card name will the one they will print in my certificate, but I am not sure. Do you have any idea? . I do not want the long name (Current legal name ). to be in my certificate, can I change it in the interview?

Just curious...How did it happen that your legal name on the GC is not the same as in the passport? When you apply for a GC you have to provide your passport and they mirror your passport legal name. You're not given an option to choose the name.

At least that wasn't in my case..

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Just curious...How did it happen that your legal name on the GC is not the same as in the passport? When you apply for a GC you have to provide your passport and they mirror your passport legal name. You're not given an option to choose the name.

At least that wasn't in my case..

It does happen, as it was in my case as well. My GC did not have my full legal name on it.

Maybe your legal name is short and fits nicely on the GC.


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Same case here. My green card name is shorter than my passport name. USCIS will use the name on the passport, but if there is any doubt as to what the legal name is, they will ask for a birth certificate. That trumps both the passport and the green card. If you want your green card name on your naturalization certificate, tell your interviewer and he will make you fill out the name change paperwork.

The order of precedence used by USCIS to determine your legal name is:

1- Name change certificate, marriage certificate, or divorce certificate

2- Birth certificate

3- Passport

4- Green card

Edited by JimmyHou

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

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You will be given the opportunity to change your mind at the interview and opt to change your name. Just tell the IO that you want to do so and they will change your response to that question and fill in your desired name accordingly.

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