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  1. Hey guys! I've been a Permanent Resident for almost 5 year and I'm about to submit my N400 application. I also recently got married and decided to change my name. I went it to get my new SS Card and everything turned out fine after waiting about 3 weeks for it to clear. Now I'm going to go get my name changed on my Driver's License here in Florida. I'm wondering if anybody has any experience with this step. I am concerned that the DL office will make me change my name on my immigration document before they allow the change to be made on my Driver's License. Since I'm about to apply for naturalization, I see no point in updating my new legal name on my Green Card. Obviously, not getting that name change on my DL will mean I have to wait to get my name changed everywhere else (like banks and work). Feel free to move this questions to the right topic if there's a better one than "off topic"!
  2. Hi! I think I have a pretty straight forward question, but I am not really sure about the steps that I should follow. I am currently on a F1 student visa working on EAD that you get for one year after completing my studies. I am getting married to a US citizen in January and planning to change my last name to my spouse's last name. I am trying to understand when I should/can change my last name on my SSN and drivers license. I am applying for the new EAD along with our application for my Green Card (Adjustment of Status and Petition). Do I need to wait for my new EAD (with my new last name) to arrive in the mail first or do I have to go to the SSN office as soon as I have my marriage certificate? I believe that I can't change my drivers license before my new EAD comes because they request that as a proof of identity at the DMV, but I am also not 100% sure. Thanks!
  3. Hi, I'm scheduled for 12/21 ceremony in LA. I changed my name and I was planning to go to SSN office right after the ceremony so I can apply for the new passport subsequently. But I read online that you're supposed to wait 21 days after the ceremony. Is this true?
  4. I thought this might help those of us considering a legal name change. The N400 application is (in most cases) a great time to legally change your name. It's fast and it's free. Outside of the N400 process, a name change requires a visit to your local courthouse, may require a public announcement in a newspaper (depending on your state and local laws) and will cost you money. In New York City, the cost is about $65 while on Houston it is over $400, so cost varies from city to city. You can change your name to anything you want within certain limitations. You can't change your name to impersonate someone or in an attempt to hide your identity for illegal purposes. Other than that, it's up to you. If you are Arthur Robert Wilkinson, you can become Geraldo Mohamed Leibowitz. It's important to note that if you are just changing your last name to take your spouse's last name or to revert to your maiden name, then a legal name change is not required. This is because a marriage certificate or a divorce certificate acts as proof of legal name change. This is true EVEN IF your certificate does not show the new name that you want to take. For example, if Anita Mary Harrolds marries Geraldo Mohamed Leibowitz, she can legally be known as Anita Mary Leibowitz even though that name does not appear anywhere on the certificate. In fact, she can also hyphenate both last names without a legal name change. However, if she wanted to change her middle name from Mary to Margaret, she would need a legal name change. To request a legal name change through the naturalization process, fill out the name change section of the N400. The interviewer may ask you to confirm that you still want to change your name because some people change their minds between the application and the interview. The interviewer may ask for proof of your current legal name. In case of a discrepancy between your green card and your passport, a birth, marriage, divorce, or name change certificate determines your current name, so make sure you have these with you (if they apply in your case...it's always a good idea to have your translated birth certificate with you at the interview). The interviewer will print out some forms (three I think) for you to check and sign. These should have your old and new names on them. You will have to be scheduled for a judicial oath ceremony. This is because USCIS does not have the legal authority to change your name and must ask a judge to do so. If your city has regular judicial ceremonies then there shouldn't be any delays. If your city holds regular administrative ceremonies, but not many judicial ceremonies, then the name change may cause a delay. Some cities (including San Francisco and San Jose) have stopped scheduling judicial ceremonies altogether. Applicants in these cities cannot legally change their names through the N400 application. Your interviewer will inform you of this and will cross out the name change section during the interview. You will have to request a regular name change before or after naturalization if you live in these cities (see above). At your oath ceremony you will be given your naturalization certificate as well as a name change certificate signed by a judge. This second certificate will show your old and new names and you'll need it to update your name with your banks, on your drivers license, credit cards, etc. In addition to doing all the paperwork to make these changes, you'll also have to consider the effect of the name change if you have dual citizenship; your name on your two passports may not match and your other country may require you to go through different name change procedures or may not allow name changes at all. People do travel using passports with different names, but you have to be careful when booking tickets and you may want to travel with your name change certificate (and translations). If you want to check whether or not (and how often) judicial ceremonies are held in your location, find your office here and look under naturalization ceremonies: http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices
  5. So my fiance (female) came to the US on a K1. We got married and need to know how to exactly do the name change for her last name. We got the social security card in her maiden name because they wouldn't let us get it with my last name unless I went to Homeland Security. As of now we dont know what to do for the work permit and green card for her name (maiden or new last name). Am I allowed to do a name change on her social security card now with the marriage certificate so the rest of the applications can have her marriage name? Or I can only change all the names after she gets the green card? Thanks,
  6. Hello, My wife is trying to change her name. We got married 2 years ago in Connecticut. She got her green card before we were married, and last year she filled out an I-90 form to change her name. They sent her a message saying she needs to prove her name is legally changed. She can't change her name on most things because she needs to change it with Social Security first. When we go to Social Security they say she needs to change her Green Card first.
  7. Taking Spouse’s Last Name with an Affix

    I know that a wife taking a husband’s last name requires nothing more than the marriage certificate, while making other changes to the name requires a court order. In many cultures, though, male and female last names are spelled differently due to affixes. So, is the court order required in this case, or would a marriage certificate be sufficient? Do marriage certificate issuing authorities, in the US, allow family name affixes and/or recognize last names spelled differently due to affixes as the same last name? Thank you.
  8. Hey guys! VJ is always a great help for this whole Adjusting Status process and I have a question regarding updating my SSN. I was on a J-1 visa here before, therefore i have a social security number. But after getting married, I'll need to update it with my name change (and also to make it official for me to work again). The thing is I'll go on a trip to my home country for a few weeks (My AP and EAD had different priority dates) and if I get my EAD card during this time, do you guys know if it's safe applying for a name change through mail since I wouldnt be here? I'd leave the paperwork ready (form filed, photo identification, marriage certificate) and my husband would just add the EAD and send the paperwork through mail. I just get worried if something goes wrong with it and that can affect my re-entry in the U.S. with my AP. Just wanted to know if you guys have had experience updating or getting SSN cards through mail, without having to go to the office. I'd do that so I could have had that step done for when I come back to the country. Thank you in advance! PS: I'm not sure I'll get the EAD while being away, but this is just in case it happens =)
  9. Hey there, Just after some advice. Do you have to change your maiden name after marriage? My fiance is very against it but I'm wondering whether it's some ridiculous loophole for the visa. I haven't found anything on it so far so I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced a similar situation. Thanks!
  10. Hello All, I wanted to change my name during the naturalization process but my office (San Jose, CA) does not do judicial ceremonies, so I can't do that. I think I would need to change my name after becoming a US citizen. Does anyone know if it is OK to change your name via the court before you have your Oath Ceremony? I think the name change process through the court system takes about a month. I have not received my oath ceremony letter yet but most likely it is going to be in exactly a month (I just got the text/email that my ceremony has been scheduled). I think I have just enough time to do the name change before I receive the Naturalization Certificate at the Oath Ceremony. I'm wondering how long in advance they produce the Certificates with my current legal name. If I bring proof of my name change, would they issue my Naturalization Certificate with my new name? If you have had this experience, please do share it. I would love to hear it. I will call USCIS tomorrow and try to get an infopass to ask this question. Thank you all!
  11. Anyone here have experience on the steps to change name on foreign birth certificate? More specifically in Wisconsin? I have a foreign birth certificate and I'm a U.S citizenship that recently changed my name. I did research on what to do after my name change (social security, passwport, bank information, and other things. I know how to do all of those). However, the birth certificate part confuses me.
  12. I filed the I-130 for my husband last month. I used my maiden name on the paperwork because that's the name on my passport, and I didn't want any confusion or delay. I originally planned to change my last name to his after the process was complete, but I've since realized that the process may take up to a year. Can I change my name during this process? Or should I wait until next year?
  13. I am a recent U.S citizen after the oath ceremony and I wish to change my name. What do I put down as the state I was born in and where my birth certificate was issued? I was born outside of the United States.
  14. I've seen a lot of people on here ask about same-day oath ceremonies and name changes. Here's some information that might be helpful. Same-day ceremonies Some offices offer same-day oath ceremonies and some do not. For those that do, you usually have to be interviewed in the morning to be offered a same-day ceremony because they fill up quickly (see link below). Name changes Although the N400 form has a place where you can request a name change, only a judge can approve a name change. USCIS offers two types of ceremonies: Administrative and Judicial. Name change requests can only be accommodated at Judicial ceremonies. Some people automatically assume that a name change request will delay your application, but this depends on the local office (see link below). Judicial ceremonies can also be carried out by the Federal District Court. Here are three examples: 1) Houston offers monthly Judicial ceremonies and "rarely" offers Administrative ceremonies - so a name change request is very unlikely to cause a delay. 2) Seattle conducts Judicial ceremonies once per year, but regularly offers Administrative ceremonies - so a name change request can cause a significant delay unless the District Court holds its own ceremonies (you would have to check the court's website). 3) San Jose conducts an Administrative ceremony 2 to 3 times per month, but does not offer Judicial ceremonies - so a name change request will not be accepted if your N400 goes through San Jose (this is a recent change, but if you search, you'll find interview experiences describing this). Where to find this information Click on the link below and use the map to find your field office. When you're on your field office's page, scroll down to Naturalization Ceremonies. That will tell you whether or not they offer same day oath ceremonies. http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices
  15. I'm a permanent resident card holder (Green Card). I've been in the U.S for almost a month. I want to change my full name. I come from Jordan. So... Can I change it now? or Would it be better to change after I get my citizenship?
  16. Hi, My husband (US citizen and principal applicant on our i-129F) changed his name before our marriage. Is it sufficient to explain it in part 14 on the 1-485 and attach the court order as proof? Has anyone else gone through this? Thanks!
  17. Hi all, I am planning to get married in Colorado next month. In filing my I-485, I am planning to put my husband last name as my current last name. Let's say my name is Alpha Bravo Charlie and my husband name is Echo Delta Foxtrout. 1. Can I put Alpha Bravo Charlie Foxtrout as my current name (#1)? 2. Do I put Alpha Bravo Charlie for "Other name I have ever used" (#2)? 3. If I have my foreign passport renewed after the wedding, but before the immigration interview, will it be a problem if my name in my passport is (still) Alpha Bravo Charlie? Thank you very much for your help in answering my question.
  18. If I can't change my name before the oath ceremony, can I change my name after the oath? I know I will have to go to court with papers filled out. I'm curious on what documents I need to prepare. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I need the forms of Petition for Name Change, Notice and Order for Name Change Hearing and Order for Name Change for the court. I'm not sure how to change my name on Social Security Card and passport. Help is needed on these two. If there's documents and steps that I need to prepare would be great to know. Finally, last portion of this confusion. N-565 form. My goodness, $555. Part of my soul shatter when I saw the price. Can someone tell me do I have to fill out this form for my name change since I just passed my naturalization interview? I'm trying to avoid this form for my name change process and I highly doubt it. Thank you for those who answer.
  19. So I called the ssn office to confirm the order I was doing things I know all offices are different , apparently we cant do name change with the ssn till we have EAD or GC card, my fiancé should have her ssn in a few days .So when we apply for AOS,EAD/AP ,well take the EAD card ,marriage certificate , our ssn numbers , and request the name change .It seems like every office has its own way of doing things, once we get the EAD should we wait a week or so to make sure its in their system? should we make sure we have the ssn number written down somewhere? ive heard some ppl say they took their ssn card once they showed them the EAD. is the name change with the EAD a simple process? I first thought the order of doing tings was to do ssn name change first , then apply for AOS/EAD, but seems not the case at least where I live
  20. Name change

    At the moment it is after naturalization interview and before oath. I recently passed my naturalization citizenship interview and I want to change my name. I don't know what to do, I'm so confused on everything. Can I change my name before the oath? If so, can someone tell me step by step on how to do that? As soon as possible is much appreciated.
  21. Hi guys, 3 questions 1) my fiancee and I plan to wed in Hawaii in September then she will return to Manila and we will file a CR-1. She needs her passport and VISA (B1) for work and to visit me while we wait. So it seems that it would be easier to hold off on the name change until after she arrives in the U.S. with an immigrant VISA as she would have to change names on both documents and nothing happens quickly or easily in Manila. Are we wrong about this? (to fend off questions about K-1 in advance, she can't afford the wait for an EAD to work as her job requires frequent travel, but we want to be together in the U.S. as soon as we can.) 2) question 47 asks for passport number and 48 for travel document number. Are these the same or should we put her B1 VISA number down as a the travel document? 3) We are buying a house about 3 weeks after we marry - she is flying to the U.S. to sign closing documents with me. For the mailing address should we use my current address or the address of the house we are buying as I will be living there by the time the CR-1 is complete unless everything goes FUBAR at closing. Thanks in advance for the help.
  22. I got married yesterday (yay!) after arriving on my K1 a couple of weeks ago. I would like to change my last name, but it's a little more complicated than the typical way things are done... I'll use example last names to describe the scenario: My wife was married before, and changed her own last name from Jones to Smith. When she got divorced, she kept Smith to match her kids' last name - they were very young at the time and it saved confusion. Now that the kids are older, she is going to change back to her maiden name of Jones but hasn't done so yet. I would like to change my last name to Jones, so that we will have the same last name eventually. HOWEVER... Our marriage certificate still lists her last name as Smith. My question is: If I submit my AOS paperwork with my last name as Jones, due to the fact that by the time I get my green card, my wife will also have the last name of Jones, will it cause an issue if Jones doesn't appear on our marriage certificate? My fear is that the case handler won't like the fact that I'm submitting everything under a name that isn't anywhere on our marriage certificate and therefore isn't a logical last name to use. We're in Ohio, and didn't have the option of stating what my/our married names would be on the certificate. I hope that makes sense. If anyone has any advice on the best way to go about filing the paperwork, that would be great. Thanks in advance.
  23. My wife is considering changing her name during the application for naturalization. Let's say I'm John Paul Smith and her maiden name was María Teresa Sosa López, with me having a first name, middle name, and last name, and her having a first name, middle name, paternal last name, and maternal last name. Upon marriage she changed her name to María Sosa Smith, taking her paternal surname as her middle name and taking my surname as her new surname. With the N-400 application, she wants to become María López Smith. When she naturalizes and we update her name at the DMV, bank, et cetera, what is the actual document she shows demonstrating the new name change? I'm assuming it will list also list her previous married name to demonstrate the change. Are there scenarios where we will need to show our marriage certificate to demonstrate both name changes? Thanks for your advice!
  24. Hi! Back in the tax season, in March my husband and I went to hr&block to help us to file tax return and a request for an ITIN number for me. I had a pending adjustment of status (and I still have it) but I didn't have a work permit (EAD) at the time, so I could not have a social security number neither a state id with my married name. All id documents I had were from my country but all of them had my maiden name. The agent at hr&block advise us to put my maiden name on ITIN form and 2016 tax return, because she said we could have problems to prove my identity without an id document with my married name on. I got my ITIN without problems. I filed my AOS packet with my married legal name, so I got EAD with it. I got ssn number and FL state id with my married name as well. Now, I need to tell IRS that I have SSN now but my ITIN was with my maiden name so I think it's a name change. I know that I should write a letter to notify them about this changes but I feel a bit insecure to send copy of ssn, state id and EAD thru the mail. I don't know... Do I should just go to an IRS office and talk with them? Did somebody have a situation like mine? Sorry if it's was long and thanks
  25. Hi, I am due to start processing the removal of my conditions by August of this year. When we had our interview last 2015 for my green card through marriage, the officer who interviewed us changed my last name to my maiden name. At the time, we have our marriage certificate as proof of my name change, however in the Philippines marriage certificate don't show my married name, but my maiden name and labeled as WIFE. That is just how it is in the Philippines because that is where we got married. Anyway, after the interview and getting approved, my husband noticed that may name was written as FIRST NAME MIDDLE NAME MARRIED NAME. He made a comment about it as he thought it was hyphenated. So then the officer decided to double check but there was really nothing wrong. At the time our lawyer has left already. So then officer asked for an ID that says my married name, I don't have one yet so I showed our marriage cert. And since my marriage cert shows my maiden name, I told her that;s how it is in the Philippines. I guess the officer wasn't aware so she changed my last name back to my maiden name. To note we filed all forms using my married name using our marriage cert as proof. Our lawyer said that it was a fault of USCIS and that if I request for my name change it should be of no charge. We decided to just do the name change when I remove my condition, and avoid the name change fee because it wasn't our fault, this per our attorney. I know for the removal of condition I need to use the I-751, how do i do the change of last name? Advices will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!