I have a hyphenated first name and no middle name. E.g. Mary-Jane. On my permanent resident card, it says e.g Mary J. This is, the 2nd half of my first name is treated as a middle name. How should I fill out this 2nd question on the N-400? Should I ask for a name change in order to return to my true middle name? Or should I treat my name as a first and second name. Or is there a better way to do this? Thank you!
Yes, it is probably best to request a name change. Also, discuss it with the immigration officer during your interview.
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How you treat your name is up to you. Just make sure that it will appear as you want it to appear on your Naturalization Certificate. If the officer requires a name change for that, so be it.
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Just make sure you request the name that you want to use in the future on the N-400 form.
(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
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