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I hope I'm posting in the right place.

My fiance will be entering the US soon on K1 so we of course will be following all the steps for afterwards(SS,AOS, etc.). This is my question and the situation:

The foreign country (Libya) made a name error on his new passport. They put one of his surnames as part of his given names, and they also omitted one letter on his middle name. The embassy was kind enough to include the missing letter in his middle name on the actual K1 visa.

I want to know if, after we get married, can we return to the SS office and he can change his name to how it should be? So that all of his PR card info will be correct and his name correct for everything here in the US? If not done this way how should one go about fixing the error?

Also as background info, it is not possible for it to be corrected in Libya at this time. Plus the passport already has his K1 in it.


19-Sept-14: I-129F Delivered

23-Sept-14: NOA1 (I-797C ~ Texas Lockbox accepted I-129F)

24-Sept-14: NOA1 (E-mail & Text)

Sent to California Service Center

3-Nov-14: Requested expedite by mailed letter with UN Human Rights Reports (Humanitarian Situation)

14-Nov-14: NOA2 (I-129F Petition Approved ~ E-mail & Text)

1-Dec-14: NVC Received Case

2-Dec-14: NVC Case Number Assigned

9-Dec-14: Embassy Received

3-Feb-15: "Package 3" Received/Turned In

25-Feb-15: "Package 4" - Received Interview Date

19-Mar-15: Interview ~ Approved

27-Mar-15: Visa Issued

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*** Thread moved from AOS/Family-Based main forum to General Immigration Discussion -- topic isn't a pure AOS or SSN issue. ***


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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I hope I'm posting in the right place.

My fiance will be entering the US soon on K1 so we of course will be following all the steps for afterwards(SS,AOS, etc.). This is my question and the situation:

The foreign country (Libya) made a name error on his new passport. They put one of his surnames as part of his given names, and they also omitted one letter on his middle name. The embassy was kind enough to include the missing letter in his middle name on the actual K1 visa.

I want to know if, after we get married, can we return to the SS office and he can change his name to how it should be? So that all of his PR card info will be correct and his name correct for everything here in the US? If not done this way how should one go about fixing the error?

Also as background info, it is not possible for it to be corrected in Libya at this time. Plus the passport already has his K1 in it.

The best thing for you to do is call or go to your local SS office and ask.



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More than likely if you apply for a SSN using the I94, you will need to do it with the name on the I94, correct or not. After you get your EAD/AP/GC with the proper name, you should have no issue changing the name on the SSC. This is similar to what many women need to do when they decide to change their surname although the SSA is supposed to accept a marriage license as a legal name change document. The big issue will be if and when you decide to travel overseas, you may have issues if your husband uses his Lybian passport for identification. Regardless.

Good Luck!


Visa Received : 2014-04-04 (K1 - see timeline for details)

US Entry : 2014-09-12

POE: Detroit

Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

Oath Ceremony:  2018-06-11 - DONE!!!!!!!

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Thanks for your thoughts :thumbs:


19-Sept-14: I-129F Delivered

23-Sept-14: NOA1 (I-797C ~ Texas Lockbox accepted I-129F)

24-Sept-14: NOA1 (E-mail & Text)

Sent to California Service Center

3-Nov-14: Requested expedite by mailed letter with UN Human Rights Reports (Humanitarian Situation)

14-Nov-14: NOA2 (I-129F Petition Approved ~ E-mail & Text)

1-Dec-14: NVC Received Case

2-Dec-14: NVC Case Number Assigned

9-Dec-14: Embassy Received

3-Feb-15: "Package 3" Received/Turned In

25-Feb-15: "Package 4" - Received Interview Date

19-Mar-15: Interview ~ Approved

27-Mar-15: Visa Issued

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