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Hi, I am trying to find out information about Passports. I live in the USA and my wife lives in the Philippines. Her name did not change after our marriage because we did not file the legal name change. She already has a passport in her maiden name. My question is, does she need to change her name and passport information to my last name before I file for her visa? I want to make sure I do this properly. The process is already complicated enough without adding more things to do. If anyone has went through this issue, I would love to hear your input. Im gonna be a DAD! :) So I want to do this as soon as possible. Thanks

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Hi, I am trying to find out information about Passports. I live in the USA and my wife lives in the Philippines. Her name did not change after our marriage because we did not file the legal name change. She already has a passport in her maiden name. My question is, does she need to change her name and passport information to my last name before I file for her visa? I want to make sure I do this properly. The process is already complicated enough without adding more things to do. If anyone has went through this issue, I would love to hear your input. Im gonna be a DAD! :) So I want to do this as soon as possible. Thanks

I think all she needs to do (if she wants to use her married name) is to renew her passport and present the marriage cert as proof of name change. And I think her passport should be in her married name too. Doesnt hurt to renew it though with her married name on it.. :blush:

Congratz ur going to be a dad! :thumbs::dance:

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Hi, I am trying to find out information about Passports. I live in the USA and my wife lives in the Philippines. Her name did not change after our marriage because we did not file the legal name change. She already has a passport in her maiden name. My question is, does she need to change her name and passport information to my last name before I file for her visa? I want to make sure I do this properly. The process is already complicated enough without adding more things to do. If anyone has went through this issue, I would love to hear your input. Im gonna be a DAD! :) So I want to do this as soon as possible. Thanks

If she wants to use her married name she can do it without getting a new passport. All she has to do is have her passport ammended if she don't wanna get a new one. If she wants to get a new one then that is fine.

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Is it nessary to change her name on the passport to apply for the visa? We can change her last name here in the USA can't we? Her passport in PH wont be needed anymore after the final move. I am hoping to avoid extra waiting time due to changes to the passport, will need to have her name ammended on her police records and who knows what else.

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Is it nessary to change her name on the passport to apply for the visa? We can change her last name here in the USA can't we? Her passport in PH wont be needed anymore after the final move. I am hoping to avoid extra waiting time due to changes to the passport, will need to have her name ammended on her police records and who knows what else.

She needs her passport to travel anywhere outside of the USA. International travel requires a passport. If she ever intends to travel home or outside of the USA in the 3 years before she gets a US Citizen passport then she needs her PH passport.

Her green card will arrive in her maiden name, you will have to pay to have this corrected.

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Is it nessary to change her name on the passport to apply for the visa? We can change her last name here in the USA can't we? Her passport in PH wont be needed anymore after the final move. I am hoping to avoid extra waiting time due to changes to the passport, will need to have her name ammended on her police records and who knows what else.

We didn't change her name in the marraige certificate and kept it same as the name in passport. And filed I-130 petition using that maiden name. We will get her name changed after coming to US during the time the condition is removed from the Green Card (after 2 years), so that we don't need to pay that additional fee of 400-500 to get name changed before that. Then get her names changed on the foreign passport here at our country's consulate - needed to travel back to our country.

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Thanks everyone for the information. If anyone else has more info, I am interested in hearing it. My plan was to keep her passport in her maiden name and file for her visa, then later we can change the name. Her passport in Ph can be renewed if we travel anywhere. Mainly, I was just concerned about the visa app and if it will cause a problem to leave her name as it is. I am hoping to have the baby here in the US so it is automatically a citizen or we will have to wait until she has it there and file papers for the child too. I am kind of on a deadline here. :) If I change her passport, that could take a month to get straightened out (all the legal documents that need a name change) If anyone else has more information, I am very interested in hearing it. I would like to hear it from more sources. Thanks again.

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