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My court order to change my name

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I am a permanent resident. Back in 2010, I filed for a name change in my local court, which was then approved. What I didn't realize is that I'd have to file for a new green card and would have to wait 8 months before anything else like my driver's license could be changed. Then I just thought I'd rather just file for the N400 if I have to wait that long. But I didn't have the money for it.

 

And then later I realized I had buyer's remorse for the middle name that I chose. I want to pick a different middle name. So fast forward to today. My green card, which I had to renew in 2015, still has my birth name on it. I was a little surprised it got approved to be renewed, what with the background check they run before all that. My driver's license and social security card have my birth name. I want to file for the N400 with the option checked that I want to change my name. I like the first and last name that I chose in 2010, I just want to change the middle one to something else.

 

How would I explain to the interviewing officer why I didn't change name on my documents with the court order from 2010? Why I didn't change my name when I renewed my green card? What current legal name should I put on the N400 application? Do I put my name from 2010 under other names?

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3 hours ago, robhostein said:

How would I explain to the interviewing officer why I didn't change name on my documents with the court order from 2010? Why I didn't change my name when I renewed my green card? What current legal name should I put on the N400 application? Do I put my name from 2010 under other names?

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yes, you confused yourself a lot.

 

why you didnt update all the official document/IDs since your legal name changed through court order? Dont say no time or no money... its' been so many years. why you changed your name but didnt use it officially,at least on those documents ?  the cost is not an excuse. as the changing names on your SSN,Driver license,bank account,etc, are basically free and just one time visit. 

 

in my case, i had my legal name changed as well through court and then immediately updated name on all documents,except green card. so by the time when filing N400, all documents have my new legal name  and green card has my name from home country,as the N400 form does ask the your current legal name, past name and the name on your green card. 


ATTENTION!!!   Minneapolis N400 filers,  please use the link below to review others or update your status .!  Changes will be saved automatically. Best luck to all of us! 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1q2WooojyQKVxbF_N6bxO8muQM8QjybXZVv5QzSqDWAk/edit?usp=sharing

 

My N400 timeline:

  • 11/19/2017, e-filed
  • 8/10/2018, interview scheduled
  • 8/17/2018, interview letter received
  • 9/17/2018, interview day--approved! placed in line for oath
  • 10/1/2018,  Oath  scheduled
  • 10/2/2018, Oath letter online 
  • 10/15/2018, Oath ceremony at St.Paul state courthouse.(330 days since e-filing)
  • 10/16/2018, Minnesota Enhanced Driver License(EDL) application
  • 10/17/2018,passport application(regular process) at local agency.
  • 11/3/2018, passport book received ( USPS priority mail from New Hampshire )
  • 11/6/2018, passport card received ( USPS first-class mail from New Hampshire) 
  • 11/8/2018,  Naturalization certificate returned (USPS priority mail from New Hampshire)_ Journey finished。

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