Filipp Minkin applies for an SSN card. He:
completes an SS-5 showing his name as “Philip Minkin;” and
submits a U.S. immigration document (an identity document) showing his name as “Filipp
does not provide any document showing his name as “Philip Minkin.”
does not submit any legal name change document.
The name to be shown on the card must agree with the name on the identity document submitted. SSA must show his name on the SSN
card the same way it is shown on the immigration document provided. He says he wants
to Americanize his name.
To get an SSN card in the Americanized version of his name, Mr. Minkin must submit
a change document supporting a legal name change and showing his name spelled in the
desired way (e.g., Certificate of Naturalization, court order for a name change, or
a new immigration document in the new name).
Although, “Philip” and “Filipp” sound the same and appear to be the same name just
spelled differently, the system, when screening names, treats them as different names.
SSA cannot issue the SSN card in the name requested because this is a legal name change request and Filipp has not submitted a name change
document showing he legally changed his name.