When’s the ideal time to change one’s last name (assuming the person is eligible for naturalization)?
- Before naturalization (Indian passport, GC, SSN, etc needs to reflect this --- I assume that this is somewhat more laborious)
- During naturalization (I don’t believe that our local field office of USCIS in WA state offers this option)
- After naturalization – does this option lead to additional paperwork/hassles if one later decides to move back to India OR when getting OCI/PIO (since the Indian records will not have a reference to the new name)? Will it cause problems if one re-applies for the Indian citizenship/passport after a name change as a US-Citizen?