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Got EAD, went to change SS card name today

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Just sharing the info for benefit of others...

1. My fiancee (at the time) received her SS card only 5 days after she arrived in US.

2. After we got married, we went back to change the last name

3. After couple of weeks, we received a letter stating that we need to

bring the original (or certified) marriage certificate

4. We brought that to the SSA office

5. Waited for another 5 to 6 weeks, and then went back to SSA office.

Now they tell us they have no outstanding case in the system...

likely because it was rejected.

After I complained about not receiving any rejection letter,

the clerk explained that anyone that applies for the SS name change

before they get the EAD or green card, will be rejected.

I complained, then why did they took our name change application

and also had us come back with the marriage certificate.

He didn't have answer to that other than to explain that

all requests will have without the EAD or green card (for the name change).

6. So we went back to the SSA office with the EAD card today,

and this time they took her SS card (unlike last time).

This tells me the SS clerks know that steps 3,4,5 will fail

but they do it anyway. What a stupid process!

7. They told us that likely we will receive new SS card (with the new last name)

in 2 weeks, but could take up to 4 weeks.

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8. Afterwards, we went straight to the DMV to get her Learner's permit,

and they tell us my wife must bring the SS card...but we just turned that in

to SSA office! So it was a wasted trip.

9. However, since the SS card had her maiden name which doesn't

match the EAD card, I think DMV would have denied us and

we would have to go back after she gets the new SS card with matching last name.

Hope this helps others that are just behind my processing timeline. l


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
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05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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How many days left in your i94 before you go back to the SSA... Coz me after our wedding we went to SSA then applied my ssn in marriedname in two weeks i received my ssn... It was 67th day of my i94..

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it's great that you went through 'the process' - as your experience echo's the stuff I wrote prior, for the 'why to not attempt prior'.

I mentioned, prior, not to make the attempt until she has a federal ID in her hand, an EAD card or greencard, that has the new married name in it.

Sorry you had a wasted trip, but in the same breath, why not take my advice prior?


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
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