Is it okay to change my first name before I start my freshman year in college or will I not be able to be naturalized because I have 2 name records?

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Is it okay to change my first name before I start my freshman year in college or will I not be able to be naturalized because I have 2 name records?

I immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan with my family when I was 12. Now, I am 18 and I received my green card 7 months ago. On my card, my social security card and my Taiwan passport, my name has always been my long Chinese name. However, I have been having an English name for a long time. I would like to change my name before I go to college, because I would like an easier first name for people to recognize. A lot of people have had trouble with my first name.

Asked on May 6, 2013 under Immigration Law, Texas

Answers:

Harun Kazmi / Kazmi and Sakata Attorneys at Law

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You can file to change your name with your local court. You will also have the option to change your name when you naturalize (about 4 years). If you change your name through the court, then you will need to get a new SSC (same #, different name) and file to replace your current green card with the new name. You will need to file form I-90. Best of Luck. 


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