What are my rights if I’m a naturalized U.S. citizen who is looking to travel to a foreign country to study in 5 year university?

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What are my rights if I’m a naturalized U.S. citizen who is looking to travel to a foreign country to study in 5 year university?

I became naturalized in my last year of high school, which my high school diploma does not reflect. My high school diploma lists my name as Alex, while in my passport it is Aleksandr. Last name is the same. I have a concern about this discrepancy that it might cause me to not be able to study at the foreign university, that they would not accept my diploma because it differes from my passport. What would I need to do in this case?

Asked on September 25, 2015 under Immigration Law, New York

Answers:

SB Member California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

There is really no issue there.  Your official name is the name in your passport and other official documents.   The name in your high school diploma is clearly a short version of your name and should not cause any problems or issues if you choose to apply for study abroad.


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