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  1. I did a name change and here are my thoughts on this: 1) Check if the region (county) where you live allow a name change during naturalization. If you live in an area where the oath ceremony is administered by a judge in a court then its possible but otherwise you will need to do this through a court. 2) If you have submitted the N400 application and your region does not allow name change then move the court and get your desired name. 3) Bring the name change document with a copy for the interview and inform them of it. You will receive your naturalization certificate with your new name. 4) You can use the same name change document to change your name in the PAN card. 5) As for taxes you will need to consult a tax guy because there are laws about taxes being filed in two countries that you need to be careful about.
  2. I just wanted to update everyone on this: I submitted my N400 with a request for a name change. A month or so later I realized that California (my county) does not allow a name change at the oath ceremony because the ceremony has over a 1000 applicants and is not held at a court nor is it administered by a judge. So if you are in this situation then you can apply through the court and get you name changed (which is what I did) and during the interview bring this up. In my case they took a copy of the court order and changed my name in their computer system. The letter for the oath ceremony arrived with the new name and so did the naturalization certificate that I received after the oath ceremony.
  3. nzv

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    I had posted this on the Citizenship thread but have repeated it here for your response: I live in California and I send in my N400 application and just got the FBI finger printing done. In the N400 I had requested a name change but I just learned that this region does not do the oath ceremony at a court so I cannot get a name change as part of the naturalization process. During the bio metrics exam I spoke to the immigration officer at the center and was advised to do the name change through the court. I did and I see a few scenarios: The court approves the name change before my interview then I bring the decree to the interview and have my naturalization certificate issued with the new name? Would this be accepted and a naturalization certificate issued with the new name? The interview happens before the court approves the name change then do I petition USCIS for a name change on my naturalization certificate? Is that possible? If I have the court approval for name change and no interview date in sight. Now do I change this with social security, drivers license and banks etc. Then do I send the court document as an addendum to my application to the immigration department (the same address in Phoenix that I sent my original N400 to) so it gets processed with my N400. Also, since my green card expires in 3 years (and I hope to get my citizenship by then) do I file for a green card replacement with the new name which could be a waste of money and some paper work. If I don't can I travel with the green card that's valid but with the old name? What options do I have now since I have filed my N400 and moved the court for a name change? Thanks NV
  4. I presume by normal name change you mean via marriage/divorce which would imply a court document to support it. However my name change is not a result of a marriage/divorce and the applications in California NC-100, NC-110 etc. are applications to the "Superior Court of California". Irrespective of the court does name change after N400 was submitted cause issues such as redo name check with FBI causing additional delay or will the court order for name change be accepted at interview without delaying the oath process because my green card will have the old name. Thanks NV
  5. I live in California and I send in my N400 application and just got the FBI finger printing done. In the N400 I had requested a name change but I just learned that this region does not do the oath ceremony at a court so I cannot get a name change as part of the naturalization process. Could I petition for a name change through the Superior Court of California?. If I do, I see a few scenarios: The court approves the name change before my interview then can I bring the decree to the interview and have my naturalization certificate issued with the new name? Would this be accepted and a naturalization certificate issued with the new name? The interview happens before the court approves the name change then do I petition USCIS for a name change on my naturalization certificate? Is that possible? Has anybody got any experience with this and is there anything I can do now and before the interview? Thanks NV
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