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Hi everyone, I wonder if anyone can offer some advice on what to do. My wife and I have just sent off all the paperwork for adjustment of status (adjusting from b2). From what I understand is that I (the beneficiary) need a birth certificate from the U.K.?

While trying to get one I have encountered a rather unusual situation.

My birth certificate has a different surname to the surname I have used my entire life, I asked my mum about this and she said my dad changed mine and my siblings names when we were really young, so around 25 years ago. My mum doesn't have any copies of the documents and my dad passed away many years ago so really there is no evidence anywhere of my name change.

I'm kind of stuck as to what I can do now.

Thanks in advance

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Hi everyone, I wonder if anyone can offer some advice on what to do. My wife and I have just sent off all the paperwork for adjustment of status (adjusting from b2). From what I understand is that I (the beneficiary) need a birth certificate from the U.K.?

While trying to get one I have encountered a rather unusual situation.

My birth certificate has a different surname to the surname I have used my entire life, I asked my mum about this and she said my dad changed mine and my siblings names when we were really young, so around 25 years ago. My mum doesn't have any copies of the documents and my dad passed away many years ago so really there is no evidence anywhere of my name change.

I'm kind of stuck as to what I can do now.

Thanks in advance

Ask your mom to provide you a sworn, notarized affidavit attesting to the circumstances surrounding your name change and submit that along with your birth certificate.

Also, see if you can contact the court or government office where you dad changed your name. Your mom would know where you lived at the time. It's a long shot but you may be able to recover copies of the original petition to change your name.

Your mother's affidavit should suffice, however. Many AOS petitioners don't even have a birth certificate and provide other documents, such as affidavits, to the the satisfaction of USCIS.

Good luck.

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Thanks for your reply.

Unfortunately I tried the local registry office and the courts but there is no record of it. Apparently if you get your name changed by deed poll then the lawyers only keep it on record for 5 years and it wasn't registered with the court.

My mum had a copy of it when she got our passports as kids but that was over 20 years ago and since I have my passport I've never really needed a birth certificate until now.

My mum will write an affidavit explaining everything and get it notarised. Will that be enough to satisfy them?

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Thanks for your reply.

Unfortunately I tried the local registry office and the courts but there is no record of it. Apparently if you get your name changed by deed poll then the lawyers only keep it on record for 5 years and it wasn't registered with the court.

My mum had a copy of it when she got our passports as kids but that was over 20 years ago and since I have my passport I've never really needed a birth certificate until now.

My mum will write an affidavit explaining everything and get it notarised. Will that be enough to satisfy them?

I'm almost certain it will be enough. Think about it. Many people don't have a birth certificate and are asked to provide affidavits from relatives in lieu of that document.

It's not that you don't have a BC just not one with your current last name.

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