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  1. I had my interview today, passed my civic test but the officer needed updated documents from me that wasn’t on list to bring . I got flustered, I truly could not remember what happened afterwards. She just then told me that they will send me a letter and it will state what documents they need. Has anyone heard of any same cases like mine? I am now really depressed. I thought we were done with everything to.any information would be helpful
  2. Hi all, I just had my naturalization interview today 04/24/2018, and thought of coming up here and share my experience you y'all. A little background info., I submitted my application online on 01/12/2018, received biometric notice on 01/13/2018 scheduled 01/31/2018 for fingerprint. Then 03/15/2018 received notice for an interview scheduled on 04/24/2018 at 09:45 am. Interview took place at DTLA's federal building. I took the metro to Civic Center/ Grand Park. From the train station, it is about a 10 mins walk. I arrived around 09:10 am and theres already a line forming to go through the security at the entrance. It took me about 15 mins for the security. After the security, I followed the sign to the elevator and went straight up to the 8th floor (listed on my appointment notice). I followed the sign to the assigned room on the 8th floor. Theres a security guard at the counter collecting the interview appointment notice, and he asked me to wait in the waiting room. The waiting room is pretty big, it has about 50 seats and a kids area to the side with some toys. A TV with news, some pictures on the wall and some plants in the room. There were about 10 people in the waiting room when I arrived, most of them are on their phone (there were no signs about cellphone use). I waited for about an hour and a half. During this time more people showed up and other people's name were called either via a speaker in the waiting room, or an interviewer will come to the waiting room. Around 11:00 am, my name was called, so I went up the to counter and followed the interviewer to his office. Before sitting down, he asked me to swear to tell the truth..etc. then he asked for my green card, drivers license, and since I'm under the age of 26, he also asked for my selective service registration. (He scanned all of them) Then he said, "let's start with the test and get it over with." He had me read a sentence on a piece of paper, "Where is the White House?" then he passed me another piece of paper and asked me to write down "The White House is in Washington D.C. ". Civic Test: 1. What is an amendment? 2. Who vetos the bill? 3. What is the capital of your state (California)? 4. What is the supreme law of the land? 5. Who did the US fight in WWII? 6. Who do we show loyalty to when we say the pledge of allegiance? Then he said, "Triple-A, you passed, now we need to go over the information on the application." -- So we went through the address history (I lived in another state up until 09/2017), employment history, travel history, and contact information. I reminded him I plan on doing a name change (I filled out the name change section on my online application) since he didn't ask me about it. So we went over the name change part, and he printed out name change forms for me to verify the information and sign. Then we moved on to the yes/no questions about crime and drugs, etc. They were all pretty straightforward. At the end, he print out my N-652 (Interview Result) along with some oath ceremony information, and a booklet about US history and constitution, and told me its all done and wait for the oath ceremony notice in the mail, it should come within the next 60 days. - The whole interview process took about 50 mins. I walked out the federal building around 12:00. I hope this post helps you with the preparation process, and let me know if you have any questions. Good luck!
  3. I thought this might help those of us considering a legal name change. The N400 application is (in most cases) a great time to legally change your name. It's fast and it's free. Outside of the N400 process, a name change requires a visit to your local courthouse, may require a public announcement in a newspaper (depending on your state and local laws) and will cost you money. In New York City, the cost is about $65 while on Houston it is over $400, so cost varies from city to city. You can change your name to anything you want within certain limitations. You can't change your name to impersonate someone or in an attempt to hide your identity for illegal purposes. Other than that, it's up to you. If you are Arthur Robert Wilkinson, you can become Geraldo Mohamed Leibowitz. It's important to note that if you are just changing your last name to take your spouse's last name or to revert to your maiden name, then a legal name change is not required. This is because a marriage certificate or a divorce certificate acts as proof of legal name change. This is true EVEN IF your certificate does not show the new name that you want to take. For example, if Anita Mary Harrolds marries Geraldo Mohamed Leibowitz, she can legally be known as Anita Mary Leibowitz even though that name does not appear anywhere on the certificate. In fact, she can also hyphenate both last names without a legal name change. However, if she wanted to change her middle name from Mary to Margaret, she would need a legal name change. To request a legal name change through the naturalization process, fill out the name change section of the N400. The interviewer may ask you to confirm that you still want to change your name because some people change their minds between the application and the interview. The interviewer may ask for proof of your current legal name. In case of a discrepancy between your green card and your passport, a birth, marriage, divorce, or name change certificate determines your current name, so make sure you have these with you (if they apply in your case...it's always a good idea to have your translated birth certificate with you at the interview). The interviewer will print out some forms (three I think) for you to check and sign. These should have your old and new names on them. You will have to be scheduled for a judicial oath ceremony. This is because USCIS does not have the legal authority to change your name and must ask a judge to do so. If your city has regular judicial ceremonies then there shouldn't be any delays. If your city holds regular administrative ceremonies, but not many judicial ceremonies, then the name change may cause a delay. Some cities (including San Francisco and San Jose) have stopped scheduling judicial ceremonies altogether. Applicants in these cities cannot legally change their names through the N400 application. Your interviewer will inform you of this and will cross out the name change section during the interview. You will have to request a regular name change before or after naturalization if you live in these cities (see above). At your oath ceremony you will be given your naturalization certificate as well as a name change certificate signed by a judge. This second certificate will show your old and new names and you'll need it to update your name with your banks, on your drivers license, credit cards, etc. In addition to doing all the paperwork to make these changes, you'll also have to consider the effect of the name change if you have dual citizenship; your name on your two passports may not match and your other country may require you to go through different name change procedures or may not allow name changes at all. People do travel using passports with different names, but you have to be careful when booking tickets and you may want to travel with your name change certificate (and translations). If you want to check whether or not (and how often) judicial ceremonies are held in your location, find your office here and look under naturalization ceremonies: http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices
  4. I was scheduled for an Oath ceremony at the Irving, TX center ( Judicial ceremony due to a name change). I came in early and successfully completed the check in and the rest of the paperwork and was seated for the Judge to arrive. Just before the ceremony started, an officer called my name and walked me out of the courtroom in front of some 300 people and told me that there has been some issues with my name change request and they will need to reschedule the ceremony for some other time. He declined to offer any additional insights on the next steps. It was such a humiliating experience that was carried out in a disrespectful fashion. Wondering if anyone else knew of or had experienced a similar situation during their citizenship journey. If yes, what would be the next steps, how long does it take to reschedule esp, this appears to be a mistake from the local service center.
  5. Hi, Apologies if this has been asked before but I can't find and answer. So according to the UK passport agency when married and name changed I have to obviously get a new passport but that may cancel any existing visas. how does everything link up? If I cant update my passport til AOS granted then no flying internally either? Do I just update my passport details on my AOS application or do I try to get my new passport expedited before filing for AOS and if I have to get a new passport how does that affect any exisiting right to be in the US once married but AOS not filed yet? just a little confused with everything I've been reading at the mo.
  6. Hi everyone, Had a question on Naturalization Oath Ceremonies in Sacramento, CA. Does the Sacramento Field Office have Judicial Oath Ceremony any more? (even as a special ceremony, as they seem to have changed to Administrative Oaths recently). The reason I am asking is because, I would like to change my name and that requires a Judicial Oath Ceremony. From reading many online posts, I know I absolutely need to get the "Name Change" Court Order certificate, and hence there needs to be a Judicial Oath Ceremony. Can someone share their recent experience with changing Name in Sacramento? Things have changed recently, so ideally looking for some experience in 2013 or possibly 2012. Thank you!
  7. Hello, I really hope someone would be able to share their experience with me. So I'm having my oath ceremony in mid February, and I plan to apply for my passport soon after. I have an upcoming international trip in late April, which leaves about 9-10 weeks from my oath ceremony to my travel date. What confuses me is that, I'm changing my name during naturalization. I'm originally from Taiwan, and my name is Yi-Wen Chang (this is an example not real), sometimes that hyphen in my name gets omitted. Now, I'm changing my name to Jessica Yiwen Chang Brown, the reason being I've been using my English name since a long time ago, and I changed my last name to my married name. My question is here, when I apply for my passport after oath, would it be a problem that my government ID still shows my old name? While the NC shows my new name. On passport application form, it asks you to list out all other names you've used, I listed my old one, is that enough? Thank you.
  8. My fiancee and I will be getting married in California, and she'd like to change both her first (she's choosing an English name) and last name (taking my last name). Additionally, she'd like to apply for an EAD while applying for AOS, and apply for a Driver's License as soon as possible, which requires EAD approval from what I've read. It appears that a California Marriage License only allows for middle/last name changes, and a first name change will require a separate name change petition when all is said and done (?). So I was hoping to confirm the following steps that need to be taken. Note: She already has a SSN from when she was a student. Are the following steps correct? Is there a quicker or more optimal way to go about these steps? 1) Get married and she takes my last name. Marriage license shows her original first name + my last name. 2) File for AOS + EAD using her first name + my last name. 3) Go to Social Security Office and show marriage license as proof to have her last name updated. 4) As an aside, assuming her Social Security information is updated to have my last name, can I now add her as an authorized user using her SSN, first name + my last name, her passport for government issued ID, and marriage certificate as proof of her name change? 5) Receive EAD 6) Pass drivers exams and apply for Driver's License using her first name + my last name, showing EAD, passport, and marriage license as identification 7) Receive green card And now, to change her first name: 1) Apply for name change petition 2) Once approved, contact Social Security Office and change name again 3) Follow the steps here to get an updated Driver's License 4) Update banks, credit cards, etc. with new name 5) Finally finished? Also, at this point is it going to be difficult for her to travel as her passport will have a different First and Last names? (her old first name will be her new middle name, FWIW). Any feedback would be appreciated, this is all a little confusing.
  9. So my fiance (female) came to the US on a K1. We got married and need to know how to exactly do the name change for her last name. We got the social security card in her maiden name because they wouldn't let us get it with my last name unless I went to Homeland Security. As of now we dont know what to do for the work permit and green card for her name (maiden or new last name). Am I allowed to do a name change on her social security card now with the marriage certificate so the rest of the applications can have her marriage name? Or I can only change all the names after she gets the green card? Thanks,
  10. Hello! I apologise if this has been answered a million times before but I am not great at this and can't work out how to search for it... I started my ROC in April 2017 and filed with a waiver as my ex and I were divorced at the end of 2016 and are no longer on speaking terms. I have since then changed my name legally and I would rather not have my married name on my CG (if I am approved of course). I have heard that having a GC reissued costs a lot of money and I don't want a constant reminder of my not-so-great marriage every time I look at it. I have tried so many times to get an infopass appointment, even trying at midnight as it worked for me once before but I just can't seem to get an appointment. I am CSC so I have probably another 5 months of waiting until I hear anything but I'd love to get it out of the way if possible. If you have advice or if you can point me towards a thread that can advise, I will be so grateful. Thanks so much in advance!!
  11. Hi, My spouse and I got married last week. We wanted to start a new lineage with a completely different last name. That was not possible here in California so I took his last name and kept mine as my middle name. My question is, when can we change both our last names? Will it interfere with my adjustment of status (I am filing in late February)? Will it confuse immigration if I file with my current married name and while the package is processed, I go ahead and start the court process to change our names. Thanks.
  12. Hi everyone, I am currently living in Washington, D.C. and am looking for help with how I can get my name and gender changed on my Vietnamese passport. Will I have to go back to Vietnam to get this done or would it be possible for me to do this through the consulate here? I do have a copy of my original birth certificate with me. I could not find information on what forms will be required or if I will need a letter from a doctor/lawyer for this process. Any information you can provide will be extremely helpful! Thanks.
  13. Hello everyone, I reside in Canada and I have a valid B1 (tourist) visa, and it is valid until 2025. I am not yet a Canadian citizen, so I required a visa to go through/to the US. The valid B1 visa is stamped in my OLD passport. As I have changed names to my married name, I got a new passport showing my married name. I have to fly through the States to visit my home country in December, and I realize this might pose a problem. I have researched online, and information on different embassy/consulates say more or less different things. Some official FAQs say bringing the old passport with the B1 stamp, my new passport and my name change document should be enough (which is what I am hoping to do). The US Embassy in Vancouver's website (I reside in Vancouver) says the following: If your name has legally changed through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered name change, you will need to obtain a new passport. Once you have a new passport, the Department of State recommends that you apply for a new U.S. visa to make it easier for you to travel to and from the United States. From this wording, I gather that, while they RECOMMEND I get a new visa, it is not REQUIRED, meaning I could use my old passport, new passport and name change document (even though they would clearly prefer I had a new visa). I would not mind getting a new one, had I not already applied for my Canadian citizenship, meaning that by June next year (at the latest) I will probably be visa exempt to enter the US anyway. I would prefer to avoid spending $160 US, plus taking time off to go do an interview (required for people from my Country), not to mention the annoying bureaucracy etc. Also, in almost 7 years residing in Canada, I have literally only entered the States in transit to another place- I don't really visit south of the border, I won't have any other entries into the US before June 2019 (when I expect to get my Canadian passport) I have tried emailing the Embassy directly, but they replied with a link to their FAQ (which I had already read, quoted above). I would appreciate any thoughts/insights/similar experiences anyone might have. Thank you in advance :)
  14. Hi vj'ers! I've a concurrent application in process with USCIS for I-751 RoC (filed March 2017) at CSC (transferred to NBC on May 1st 2018) and N-400 filed online (Jan 2018 - local office Chicago IL). I'm married to a US Citizen wife. My wife and I are expecting our first baby in Nov '18. My wife wants to adopt my last name before our baby is born. We were thinking of initiating the name change process for my wife this week. But I'm not quite sure if that's a good option or not while my application for I-751 and N-400 is in process by USCIS. Theoretically, it should be fine provided we notify USCIS as soon as my wife changes her last name with SSA/DMV etc. Has anyone been in similar situation of changing name while their applications were in process? Even if not, any thoughts or suggestions are welcome! I'll be so thankful for your response!
  15. Hi. Recently married and need some help on what to do next. We sent the petition using my maiden name ( dad last name) since marriage cert shows my maiden name and passport is in maiden name too. We already have noa1 and waiting for noa2. I need to know if it's best we retain my maiden name until the whole visa process is done or changing my name to my married name now would be easier in the long run. And if i do change to married name, Should i just change to married name in my passport and notify uscis ? We just don't want to cause any delays or confusion about our case.
  16. Hey everyone! So thankful I have found this site, so many listing have given me great advice for the journey I am about to embark on. However I was wondering if someone would be able to help with my personal situation. I entered the US on a J1 visa in 2013, which I remained on for two years. I then switched to an F1 visa when my Au Pair family offered to help me complete college here knowing it was a dream of mine. During my first semester of college I met a guy (not a student), who is now my very best friend and fiancé! We have been together 3 years, and are now getting married in September of this year which is so exciting!! However some questions I have include: 1) Throughout my education I haven't worked as it is a visa requirement of the F1, I was lucky enough that my sponsors are able to support me so that I can live and study comfortably without the need for employment. For that reason, I have lived with them for most of my education besides the past year (since my engagement) where I have lived with my fiancé - however due to the fact that I am not working I wasn't able to go on the lease and I was also very conscious on following the regulations of my visa. My sponsors simply provided me with a small amount each week to cover the cost of food, books and travel with my city. But now in looking at the AOS paperwork, what address should I put as my own? Does it have to match my visa? Do I have to be on the lease of the address I give or can it be the address of my fiancé? 2) Also we don't have any joint accounts, such as savings etc. I am a card holder on his credit cards but I haven't opened my own credit card here only a debit card. I do have a social security number so should I try to open a joint savings account with him? I am slightly concerned that despite us sharing finances, and living together we have no paperwork to prove that as I was trying to be very compliant with the F1 visa. What would you suggest? 3) We have so many photos from the past three years, from our travels with each others family etc. Is that sufficient to take to the GC interview? Thankyou so much in advance, court.simmy
  17. I have a couple of questions: 1. How do I change my last name in the US? I'm from Canada. Do I have to do it in Canada?? 2. If my last name isn't changed yet, which name do I put on the Adjustment of Status application? Thank you, Tay
  18. My husband and I are getting married soon, and getting ready to apply for AoS for me. I am from a latin american country and therefore my last name includes two names, my paternal last name, and my maternal last name. I want to change my last name to be just the paternal last name, so for example I want my name to change from Rosa Maria Perez Sanchez, to Rosa Maria Perez. I was therefore thinking of filling out my marriage license with the new name (Rosa Maria Perez), to have legal proof of name change, and sending every form (485, 130, etc) with the new name (though listing the other name under ther names used). My question is, will this cause any trouble with my AoS? I dont want to cause confusion or get an RFE.
  19. My husband and I will file the I-130 form soon. I can't change my name in my country, but I would like to have his last name when we live together in America. I have read many threads but i am confused. How can I change my name in the US? Will i have to wait after i have the green card and all my US documents to change it? I know i could change it when I apply for citizenship, but i would like to before that. Thanks in advance
  20. I have a question about name change! I initially didn’t plan on taking my husbands name so our marriage certificate and all of our AOS paperwork is in my maiden name. I stupidly didn’t fill out the option to change my name on the marriage license. After filing, I kept thinking about it and after sleeping on it, changed my mind (when I realized I’d feel much happier to take my husbands name than keep the name of my abusive and long estranged father) and decided to take my husbands name. Has anyone had the experience of a similar situation and then asking in the interview for their greencard to be issued in their married name, despite all the paperwork being filed in their maiden name? If it’s not possible, I’ll just change it legally when I file for citizenship down the road as I know you can request a name change then. I am using my husbands name socially and in public but all my legal paperwork (DL, SSN, bank accounts, everything) is still in my maiden name. TIA PD Sep 15, 2017 (San Fernando Valley, CA / Los Angeles)
  21. Hello all! We are in the process of AOS from K-1. We filed June 2017. We got notice about 2 weeks ago that case is ready to be scheduled for an interview. My husband received his EAD last October. We did not file for AP for him as he will not be traveling out of the country. He changed his name to my last name when we married. He now has SS card, DL, and EAD in his new name. His Swiss passport is still in his old name, but he did change his name with the Swiss Embassy in Atlanta and everything over in Switzerland is now in his new name. Will he need to get a new passport with name change before we go for the interview or will he be ok with the old one? Thanks for your help.
  22. Hi all, I have a question about changing my name on my N400 application. When I got my green card through marriage it was in MAIDEN name. When I filed my I751 to remove GC conditions, I requested a name change, and the I-751 receipt has my MARRIED name on it. I'm still waiting for the ROC to process. I intended to continue using my MAIDEN name for professional reasons and just use my married name personally, since I had published under my maiden name and developed a career with it. This has proven more difficult that I intended, since my employer doesn't allow me to use a preferred name to interact with my students via email or course managers. Because of this, I am considering changing my name again during the N400 process to a hyphenated MAIDEN-MARRIED name, which would allow me to at least have some continuity with my name professionally. I have two questions: 1. Should I wait till my removal of conditions is processed to apply for the N400 with name change, since I had a name change underway with that application? My N400 window has opened, but I still haven't received the new green card. 2. Are there any problems I should anticipate with a second name change? I'm just trying to make sure I do everything right. I've read that sometimes a name change can delay the naturalization process. (I'm in Raleigh, NC. I'm not sure whether they do frequent court-based ceremonies here-- if anyone knows this, or knows how I could find out, that would be great.) I'm not in any terrible hurry, but I do want to make sure I don't get the N400 rejected. Thanks so much!
  23. My spouse completed the naturalization process in late 2017. She subsequently has changed her name. As I understand it, she can file a form to have her naturalization certificate updated to her new name, for around $500. My question is, is she required to change her name on her naturalization certificate? It is a lot of money and if it's not required, we may just keep a copy of her name change court order with her naturalization paperwork.
  24. As the title says, we submitted all AOS applications last year and haven't gotten an interview yet. Today my wife who is a US citizen changed her name on social security and driving license. Would that result in a REF? What kind of proof do we need to bring to the interview? Thank you.
  25. petitebonbons

    Name change

    Hi Everyone! I just wanted to ask your opinions about changing my name. I was a J1 visa holder and I got married. last September 1 2017 . My visa expired February 5 2018. I sent my papers in May 16 2018 . Got my form i-797C for all (I-485,I-130 and I-765) . I also got my biometrics appointment date for this Wednesday June 20,2018 . it says on the paper my PD is May 21,2018 my question is how do I change my name? what documents do I need? how early can I start changing my name by going to the Social security office? should I wait for my work permit? or can I already ask to have my name changed with just my marriage certificate as my evidence of legal name change? also after that Can I change my name in my passport already? (Philippine Passport) since I will be using my married name now I would like to match all my future Id’s to my passport name. Please let me know what you guys think? thank you all in advance!