Do you want to change your legal name on your Permanent Resident Card or Green Card? There could be several reasons why someone might want to change their official name on a government-issued document. This includes getting married or divorced or just wanting a more Western name after immigrating to the US. Despite the reason, it is a simple process to change your name on your Green Card.
The one thing to remember is that your name change must be finalized before applying to update your Green Card. Meaning that you must have your registered marriage certificate, divorce decree, adoption decree or any other court-issued document stating that your name was changed due to the legal process.
How to Change Your Legal Name in the United States?
Changing your name in the United States is not limited to reasons such as marriage or divorce. Many people chose to rename themselves for several reasons, for example, after a gender-affirming surgery, to adopt a more westernized version, etc. One can easily apply at a local government office for a name change by filing some paperwork. There might be a small fee and the requirement of publishing your new name in a local newspaper as an announcement.
You can request a copy of your name change document if you don’t already have one. However, for immigration purposes, you must submit the document registered with the proper civil authority. A normal photocopy of your document would not suffice the requirement.
How to Apply for Name Change on Your Green Card?
Once you have the required legal document for your name change, you can easily file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. This form is used to renew or replace your Green Card if it has been lost, stolen or destroyed or just expired. This form is available on the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.
You can just answer yes to the question asking if your name has been legally changed since the issuance of your Green Card. You can also file this form for the sole purpose of changing your name. In that case, you can select, “My name or other biographic information has been legally changed since the issuance of my existing card.” The USCIS will issue you a new Green Card with your new name.