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Changing last name in the US + effects on home country (Belgium)

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Hey all,

 

I have a rather long and hard to pronounce last name and am considering changing it when I arrive in the US. Mostly because A) it's proven that foreign and hard to pronounce names give you a disadvantage when looking for work B) It really annoys me when people butcher my last name. I understand why it's hard and it's not anyone's fault but it annoys me enough to want to avoid it.

 

I don't want to lose my connection to my family and homeland though so I'd probably change it to my mom or grandmother's last name. Still recognizable as Dutch but much easier to pronounce and spell. 

 

I've heard changing your name is easy enough to do in the US but I'm having a hard time figuring out what the impact of it is on the following

 

- My Green card (as it will be under a different name, would I have to get that all adjusted?)

- Removal of conditions 2 years later (as my new petition would be under a new name)

- Effects on my status in Belgium (as my name in the US would be different from my name in Belgium. Would it make the processes of remaining a belgian citizen or travel to Belgium harder?)

 

Thanks in advance!

 

 

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4 hours ago, Taygi said:

- My Green card (as it will be under a different name, would I have to get that all adjusted?)

- Removal of conditions 2 years later (as my new petition would be under a new name)

- Effects on my status in Belgium (as my name in the US would be different from my name in Belgium. Would it make the processes of remaining a belgian citizen or travel to Belgium harder?)

1) You should, so that the GC reflects your new name, and all your other ID matches up.  You'd have to file a i-90 and pay the fee sending in proof of your new legal name.  You should also update your SS, driver licence, etc. with the new name.

 

2) By the time your ROC rolls around 2 years from now, will be a non-issue since your GC already reflects the new name change.  You would list your original last name as "other legal names used/aliases used" on the petition.  Not sure what type of visa you are entering the US on----if a CR-1, there is no ROC stage.

 

3) Changing your legal name doesn't mean you've renounced your Belgium citizenship.  In terms of travel, presumably you would be updating your passport as well to reflect the new name when it is close to expiring.

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11 minutes ago, Going through said:

3) Changing your legal name doesn't mean you've renounced your Belgium citizenship.  In terms of travel, presumably you would be updating your passport as well to reflect the new name when it is close to expiring.

 

Thanks for your answer!

 

As for point 3 I more meant what are the effects of having a different name in the US than I do in Belgium? Since I wouldn't be changing my name in Belgium. I've heard from a Dutch immigrant to the US (from the Netherlands) they had some issues because the names were different but I am unable to find information about this for Belgium. 

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3 hours ago, Taygi said:

 

Thanks for your answer!

 

As for point 3 I more meant what are the effects of having a different name in the US than I do in Belgium? Since I wouldn't be changing my name in Belgium. I've heard from a Dutch immigrant to the US (from the Netherlands) they had some issues because the names were different but I am unable to find information about this for Belgium. 

Don't know the circumstances of your friend, perhaps they tried applying for some sort of government benefits from Belgium and the name-change caused some issues for them that needed straightening out.

 

You could try asking in the regional forums for advice regarding your home country:  

 

https://www.visajourney.com/forums/forum/95-europe-amp-eurasia-except-the-uk-and-russia/ 

 

 


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July 14, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed online

July 21, 2017 (Day 07) -  NOA Receipt received in the mail

July 22, 2017 (Day 08) - Biometrics appointment scheduled online, letter mailed out

July 25, 2017 (Day 11) - Biometrics PDF posted online

July 28, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics letter received in the mail, appointment for 08/08/17

Aug 08, 2017 (Day 24) - Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed

Aug 14, 2017 (Day 30) - Online EGOV status shows "Interview Scheduled, will mail appointment letter"

Aug 16, 2017 (Day 32) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Interview Scheduled, read the letter we mailed you..."

Aug 17, 2017 (Day 33) - Interview Appointment Letter PDF posted online---GOT AN INTERVIEW DATE!!!

Aug 21, 2017 (Day 37) - Interview Appointment Letter received in the mail, appointment for 09/27/17

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Naturalization Interview--- read my experience here

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Oath Ceremony Notice mailed"

Sep. 28, 2017 (Day 75) - Oath Ceremony Letter PDF posted online--Ceremony for 10/19/17

Oct. 02, 2017 (Day 79) -  Oath Ceremony Letter received in the mail

Oct. 19, 2017 (Day 96) -  Oath Ceremony-- read my experience here

 

 

 

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