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Canadian born dual citizen moving back to the US?

Hi Redditors,

I'm a Canadian/US dual citizen currently residing in Toronto and I've been considering moving to WV to live with family. I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed and I have some complications I need help with.

Complication 1) I had a legal last name change in Canada about 10 years ago. It's not recognized in the US and I've put off dealing with it because I was not residing there. I've tried to email the US consulate here but I haven't received a response. How do I proceed to get the name change also recognized in the US?

Complication 2) I moved away from the US to Canada prior to reaching legal age (about 15 years ago). Because of this I've never filed taxes in the US (only Canada) and I'm wondering if I should wait for the name change to get figured out before filing? Could I face penalties despite never earning an income in the US?

Complication 3) The only US ID I currently have is a social security card with my old last name. Should I use it to secure further ID or would it be better to wait until the name change is complete?

Complication 4) I'm fortunate in that I'm currently employed by a company that allows me to work remotely (and has team members in the US) but I'm unsure how that would work for my taxes or insurance/ benefits. If I was paid by a Canadian company in CAD but living in the US how would I file that? Would my Canadian insurance cover me in the US or should I look into an individual coverage plan? Just for context I would be unlikely to keep this job forever and would try to find something based in the US but would keep my current role to support the transition.

Any advice/ direction would be super appreciated. ♡

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