Q: I'm a permanent resident, so do I have to wait to become a citizen to legally change my name?
A: No, your attorney can legally do so by filing a name change petition in your local state court. You must testify that you are not doing so to avoid your just debts or creditors or to avoid law enforcement authorities, or for any other illegal, illicit purpose; you're not doing this to avoid the No Fly list or the Sex Offenders list.
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