I am your regular White guy and a Texan for 6 generations. The PhD application form asks for your place of birth. Now I was actually born in Mexico but soon after I was born, my mother married a guy from Romania and moved to Romania. He wanted to immigrate to the US, so he registered himself as my biological father and put down my place of birth as Romania. Thankfully my mom divorced this guy in a couple years. Or maybe he used my mom and divorced her after he moved to America. That's the background. My official documents still show my place of birth as Romania even though I was born in Mexico. Even my American passport shows my place of birth as Romania. All that mess was created by a man my mother married when I was an infant and none of the mess is my fault. I tried correcting the mess but it was too complicated and an attorney advised me to "let sleeping dogs lie." Now the PhD application asks for my place of birth. Should I be truthful and put it down as Mexico? Or should I go as per what is on my official records, driver license application, American passport, etc and put it down as Romania?