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What to do about vital records

I am a legal resident with a valid green card and was married and widowed twice
to American citizens. When my first husband and I were married he used one name
on the marriage certificate and when he passed away he used a different name and
his death certificate stated that he was never married. We were separated but
not divorced when he passed. I would like to apply for American citizenship but
on the application I have to list the information for all marriages and
subsequent divorce, annulment etc. This presents a problem because how can I
list my first marriage without the risk of my application being rejected because
of the conflicting information on both vital documents. I would like to know if
my first marriage could be annulled or any information on how I may proceed with
my application for citizenship. Thank you.

Asked on April 12, 2018 under Immigration Law, New York

Answers:

SB Member California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

but if you have proof that you were married then what is on the death certificate as far as marriage is not really relevant since that was completed by someone other than your husband obviously.  you simply need to present proof that you were married and the death certificate to show that you were free to remarry at the time of your first husband's death.  as far as the name, how is it possible that his name was different on the death certificate?  who completed the information on the death certificate?  perhaps you can have it corrected if you have the correct information.


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