Friday, December 9, 2011

Name Change - 2 ways to do it

One caller during a radio show wanted to inquire about Name Change during citizenship interview. He explained that he is a green card holder and is applying for citizenship in two weeks. He wanted to change his name. A friend had told him that he has to change name by filing the petition with name change.

There are two ways to change name:

1. If you are a permanent resident (aka green card holder), you can change your name as part of your naturalization if a court in your area conducts naturalization oath ceremonies. Otherwise no name change can be recorded on your Certificate of Naturalization unless you already changed your name legally (such as by marriage) before completing the naturalization process.

If you decide to change your name, you will be required to complete a Petition for Name Change during your interview. Petitioning the court to change your name may delay the date of your oath ceremony, in some cases. If you petition to change your name, the new name will not be legally binding until after your oath ceremony. The new name will appear on your Certificate of Naturalization. You can start using the new name. No other legal formality is required.
During the last citizenship interview with a client, the interviewing officer at Immigration Service (USCIS) had client sign the form right there and my client will now use her new name and get citizenship certificate with such new name as well.

The U.S. of Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly known as the INS) does not process petitions for a name change after naturalization. However, you still may change your name after naturalization by other legal means.

2. The other legal method is by filing the Petition for Name Change in Superior Court of California in your local county. The procedure also requires having to publish the Notice of Name Change in a local newspaper for 3 weeks first. And then going before a Judge after furnishing the proof of such publication with the court. A judge conducts a bare skeletal hearing and confirming certain representations in the Petition for Name Change. The judge then signs the Order of Name Change Petition. You can then start using your new name.

Monday, February 7, 2011

True Moral Dilemma with Deep Financial Implications!!

"Sanchez's hospital records state that she was discharged because she was "an undocumented pt (patient) with no insurance."

This is a true moral dilemma! When I read the story here-Doctor's Order: Go to Mexico, I first went on to read up on Hippocratic Oath. I wondered what would guide the doctor in such situation. The Hippocratic Oath can be found here- Hippocratic Oath. Thanks, Wikipedia.

There have been lots of problems which are byproduct of illegal immigration. This is one of them.

Other problem which has been highlighted lately was around children of illegal immigrants coming of age and not being able to participate in regular social and business life. Dream Act failed- read here-.

Keep in mind, Dream Act was first introduced in 2001. Yes, 10 years ago. This only shows the length someone, namely Congress, namely so called Representatives of the People, have been aware of the problem.

Going back to the main point of this blog. The patient should receive healthcare first -for sure!! This is the exact reason illegal immigration should have a permanent solution. Then I think the hospital should have sued the Federal Govt. for reimbursement. Yes, I am just rambling.

Unless somebody wakes up and realizes the long-term effect of this problem on our economy- yes, which involves, dollars, the problem will continue and keep on harming us, like some sort of slow disease!!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Consider stopping Fraudulent behavior!

How about Starting a Petition to Not Commit Fraud or Misrepresentation to obtain immigration benefits?

Goal- not to get in trouble with the law, face embarrassment and embarrass the community, make attorneys rich, make family suffer, etc.! Does someone think of this angle?

Most people will go back to community when they get in trouble with the law. Nobody wants to take responsibility for their wrong actions. For example, a wife beater, a person arrested for driving under the influence, a person who is accused of shop lifting.

I am personally outraged by the hue and cry raised by ankle monitoring of students involved in Tri-Valley University. Check this out- .

Most people make it sound like ICE is committing a crime by doing what they are allowed to do under criminal justice system.

This is what my friend, Harmeet Dhillon, Attorney in San Francisco, CA wrote in an exchange on Facebook "Gentlemen, having worked with white collar defendants recently, in their civil matters, I know that ankle tagging is an extremely intrusive tool but it's used also against US citizens who are white and awaiting trial, if... they have certain risk factors. In addition to the radio they usually have to call in to a probation officer (in federal court) to arrange for permission in advance to move from house arrest or their to/from job roundtrip in order to meet their attorneys. They also have to pay for the cost of the monitoring. It's usually a compromise where the government can present valid reasons for detaining someone (like flight risk, protective custody, etc.) I would say a foreign national against whom the government has presented probable cause that a serious crime has been committed, is a flight risk. This does not appear to be a racial thing to me, just the long and increasingly intrusive arm of the law."

I think we should all consider possibility of:

Not lying for personal gains.
Not committing fraud to obtain immigration, social security or other benefits.
Not condoning such acts by friends or family.

If we all start doing so, people around us won't get into legal problems and we can spend our time, money and energy on other issues instead of living in fear and embarrassment and commoner does not have to help attorneys get rich.