Can I change my name when I naturalize?

Can I change my name when I naturalize?

naturalizeCongress did not give USCIS legal authority to change a person’s name when that person
naturalizes. Therefore, there are only two ways that USCIS can issue your Certificate of
Naturalization under a new name:
1. If you present proof that you have already changed your name according to the legal
requirements that apply to persons living in your State, USCIS can issue the Certificate
of Naturalization with your new name. Such proof might include a marriage certificate
or divorce decree showing that you changed your name when you married or divorced. It
might also include some other State court order establishing that you changed your name.
2. If you are going to take the Oath of Allegiance at a Naturalization Ceremony that
is held in Court, you may ask the Court to change your name. If the Court grants your
request, your new name will appear on your Certificate of Naturalization.

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