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  • N400 + Legal Name Change + Oath Ceremony

    I am expecting the OL in 3 weeks time as my case got approved today even though my ID was on the 11th of june (the IO said that he needed some other file and the decision cannot be made and that i will be getting mail from uscis).

    I have asked for a legal name change so i am wondering how things happen.
    do i have to go to court for the legal name change. its not a huge change its actually the uscis got my middle name and first name mixed up, so my gc has my actual middle name as the first and vice versa. is it still considered as a legal name change ? the IO at the interview said its not a name change its just re arranging ur middle and first name. he did give me a application asked me to check and sign i believe it was an application for a legal change in name (court application)

    do i have to go to court for a legal name change

    and on a different day the oath ?

    or does things happen on the same day at the same place?
    Last edited by sreeleshk; 9th July 2010, 01:41 AM.
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    The name change and oath occurs all at once. In other words, once you take you oath (whether it be at the DO itself or at a court house) the name change will automatically become effective.
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    FP notice 1/4/08 (received 1/10/08 )
    FP Date 1/30/08 (walk in done on 1/26/08 Charlotte)
    IL: 6/10/08
    ID: 8/28/08 (Durham DO) Passed!
    OL: 9/23/08
    OD: 10/06/08
    PP: 10/21/08 (applied)
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    • #3
      Originally posted by sreeleshk View Post
      its not a huge change its actually the uscis got my middle name and first name mixed up, so my gc has my actual middle name as the first and vice versa. is it still considered as a legal name change ?
      If all they're doing is fixing things up so the naturalization certificate will match your birth certificate, that is not a legal name change (assuming you have not done anything else to change your name since birth).
      Last edited by Jackolantern; 9th July 2010, 08:29 AM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Jackolantern View Post
        If all they're doing is fixing things up so the naturalization certificate will match your birth certificate, that is not a legal name change (assuming you have not done anything else to change your name since birth).

        sreeleshk,

        First of all congrates for getting info from USCIS about your case. Can you please provide details,
        how u managed to get info from USCIS about your case in 3 weeks. My friend is also stuck, since 3 weeks
        no news about the case.

        Thanks.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Gcwaiting4 View Post
          sreeleshk,

          First of all congrates for getting info from USCIS about your case. Can you please provide details,
          how u managed to get info from USCIS about your case in 3 weeks. My friend is also stuck, since 3 weeks
          no news about the case.

          Thanks.
          Thanks,

          I just called them every wednesday to see if there is any update on the case. but i guess it doesnt make much difference. they say that they can only help you if its past 90 days since the interview. the worst thing is we all go impatient. i just called (1800 number) in yesterday to see if there was any change in the status, i asked the customer care rep to escalate the call and the next person said my case got handed over to a different officer the day before yesterday and got approved the very day, she added that it may take upto 3 weeks to get the notice(it may even come in tomorrow, though). they said that the case is now being re-verified and 99 of a 100 cases , it goes well. so i am keeping my fingers crossed. wish your friend luck and tell him everything will be alright .
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jackolantern View Post
            If all they're doing is fixing things up so the naturalization certificate will match your birth certificate, that is not a legal name change (assuming you have not done anything else to change your name since birth).
            the name change is actually fixing the middle name and the first name as it got mixed up. I gave a copy of my birth certificate to my IO but the thing is my indian birth certificate doesnt say much all it says is

            Given name : XXXXXXX
            father's name : YYYYYYYY
            Address: ZZZZZZZZZ house
            AAAAAAAAAAAA
            BBBBBBBBBBBBBB

            my last name/sirname as ZZZZZZZ has always been correct in the documents
            First name needs to be the given name XXXXXXXX
            middle name as YYYYYYYY

            what it is as in my gc

            ZZZZZZZZ YYYYYYYY X (the chopped of coz of the accomodating length)
            Last edited by Bobsmyth; 9th July 2010, 09:50 AM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by sreeleshk View Post
              Thanks,

              I just called them every wednesday to see if there is any update on the case. but i guess it doesnt make much difference. they say that they can only help you if its past 90 days since the interview. the worst thing is we all go impatient. i just called (1800 number) in yesterday to see if there was any change in the status, i asked the customer care rep to escalate the call and the next person said my case got handed over to a different officer the day before yesterday and got approved the very day, she added that it may take upto 3 weeks to get the notice(it may even come in tomorrow, though). they said that the case is now being re-verified and 99 of a 100 cases , it goes well. so i am keeping my fingers crossed. wish your friend luck and tell him everything will be alright .

              How did you request to escalate to next person. What excuse you made?

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              • #8
                i said i want to talk to ur supervisor, as simple as that
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