How can I drop my second last name?

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How can I drop my second last name?

My name in all files is ABC but after citizenship my name is ABCD. I have never used my second last name. Shortly after I was born my father became a citizen. I was born outside of the U.S. and given name: ABCD (first, middle, father’s paternal last, mother’s paternal maiden). When I came to the U.S. my alien card only listed my name as ABC as did my social and all files henceforth. Due to lack of understanding I did not become a citizen until much later. I paid for a certificate I should have already obtained (via my father), I did not take a test, did not go to the oath ceremony, and was given an oath on the spot. I was also given the name exactly as it appeared on my birth certificate ABCD.

Asked on November 22, 2012 under Immigration Law, New York

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SB, Member, California / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

At this point, if you are already a citizen and want to change your name officially, you would have to do it through the local court system by submitting a petition for a name change and doing all the things that are part of that process (publication, etc).  If you do not know how to do this on your own, you can retain the services of an attorney in your area.


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