Legal Name Change on Your N-400? Be Prepared to Wait…

Applicants for Naturalization (acquiring U.S. citizenship by means other than birth) have the opportunity to request a legal name change as part of their N-400 application process.

While this may be of great convenience or importance to the Applicant, doing so will likely delay the adjudication of your N-400 by an extra 2 to 3 months.

The Applicant will likely complete most the formal application process (including fingerprinting, security checks, and in-person interview), but the application itself will not be given final approval, until the name change and related matters have been completed.  This results in a delay of the Oath Ceremony, possibly by several months.

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