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I have a situation that my first name on my birth certificate does not match any of my other documentation as my family dropped my "first name" and just used my middle throughout my life as it would be my first name. So everything from passport, licence, SS, school records all have my "middle" listed as my first name.  In fact, I didn't even know about this name change happened until I was much older in life so to me my middle name is my first name. 

 

Anyway, since no legal name change was ever done rather just the first name was dropped. I am wondering whether anyone has a similar situation and can tell me what they could provide or had to provide in order to demonstrate both the birth certificate and the other documents are the same person? Or a general idea of similar stories if they are out there (I found an old post but the outcome was not listed sadly). 

 

I am applying for a spousal green card together my wife (non us citizen) and we are now worried whether this may cause additional delay or an RFE.  However, before we get a sworn affidavit from my parents of stating that I was born with a certain name as stated on the birth certificate and then came to be known by a different name / I am the same person: I wanted to see if others thought this would be needed or if overkill or if even someone had this too and had another solution?  Because otherwise our situation is fairly straight-forward and we are about to submit our -130/130a. We have been married 10 years, have 2 US children and I have a job lined up in the states.  But perhaps this name difference, could turn into a bigger issue than we can foresee - thus any experience or feedback is most welcome. Thank you.  

 

After we process everything,  I will write the outcome here for anyone who may fall under this same challenge as we are. 

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Your birth certificate isn’t required at all for the spousal petition, so don’t worry about it.


Spouse:

2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

2015-10-05: NVC assigned Case number, Invoice ID & Beneficiary ID

2016-06-30: DS-261 completed, AOS Fee Paid, WL received

2016-07-05: Received IV invoice, IV Fee Paid

2016-07-06: DS-260 Submitted

2016-07-07: AOS and IV Package mailed

2016-07-08: NVC Scan

2016-08-08: Case Complete

2017-06-30: Interview, approved

2017-07-04: Visa in hand

2017-08-01: Entry to US

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Myself:

2016-05-10: N-400 Sent

2016-05-16: N-400 NOA1

2016-05-26: Biometrics

2017-01-30: Interview

2017-03-02: Oath Ceremony

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First thanks for your replies:

 

"How did you get a US passport with a name different from your birth certificate?"

Don't know really, just did. I mean I got my first passport when I was child and all my other documents have my "middle" name as my first, so now   I just renew my passport every few years without fail or question. I actually didn't even know I had this other name until much later so for me it was not really even a thought actually, I was just asking for a normal passport with my name. 

 

"Your birth certificate isn’t required at all for the spousal petition, so don’t worry about it."

I was more concerned because there is a question that says tell me ANY other name you ever went by and in which case I would probably need to list it and wouldn't have any evidence besides my birth certificate. So it seemed like needed to provide evidence for such questions if I ever had another name or else I would get an RFE, no?

 

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28 minutes ago, VisaFun said:

"Your birth certificate isn’t required at all for the spousal petition, so don’t worry about it."

I was more concerned because there is a question that says tell me ANY other name you ever went by and in which case I would probably need to list it and wouldn't have any evidence besides my birth certificate. So it seemed like needed to provide evidence for such questions if I ever had another name or else I would get an RFE, no?

 

Yes list it. A lot of people go by their middle name instead of their first 



 

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