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Name change confusion (Attorney is an idiot)

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Hi guys!

Hoping a senior member can give me some clear info regarding my situation.

I have came over from Australia on a K1 in Oct. I have my GC interviewing a couple of weeks.

Our whole application has been done through attorney. He is a top immigration attorney and has been excellent. At the time of negotiating our contract we opted for not having assistance with arranging the AOS interview. Stupid, since now is when i have all the questions but i refuse to pay $375 for an email convo.

SO....

ALL of my applications, including my AOS have been in my maiden name. My SSN is in my married name and I wish to get my green card in my married name but now I think its to late?

Will I have issues because I have changed my name and still applied for the application in my maiden name?

I do not know why my attorney did it, he knew we changed names but said that it would be changed after...? (I just went with it)

Can anyone give me advice on how this will move forward? Oh and i don't think it will or should matter but its a same sex wedding.

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Reading around VJ (you can do an advanced search with the toolbar at the top of the site), it sounds like you should be able to do it at the interview. As with everything, it's at the discretion of the interviewing officer, but should be feasible.

Bring proof of name change and maybe new AOS forms to be safe (probably overkill). Definitely ask at the interview before they issue the green card. You can do it after submitted with form I-90, but it's super expensive!


K1 Visa Process AOS Process

Mar 18 2013: I-129F mailed to CSC Nov 15 2013: I-485 with EAD/AP filed at Chicago Lockbox

Sept 19 2013: Interview - Approved!! Jan 25 2014: EAD/AP Card Received

Oct 6 2013: POE - Chicago O'Hare June 2 2014: Permanent Resident Card Received!

Oct 27 2013: Wedding!

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Reading around VJ (you can do an advanced search with the toolbar at the top of the site), it sounds like you should be able to do it at the interview. As with everything, it's at the discretion of the interviewing officer, but should be feasible.

Bring proof of name change and maybe new AOS forms to be safe (probably overkill). Definitely ask at the interview before they issue the green card. You can do it after submitted with form I-90, but it's super expensive!

Thank you!!

I stopped looking because i kept reading horror stories!!

I'm please it doesn't seem like a big deal! I was freaking out id need to change it at court or something outrageous!!!

Thanks for your reply :)

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If you've already legally changed it (which having it on your SS card would indicate), no need to involve the court. Hopefully it will be no big deal at the interview. Otherwise, maybe just hold off until ROC in two years and do it then. Or fill out form I-90 and pay the fee.

Fingers crossed for the easy way, but there are plenty of other ways to do it. And yes, your lawyer is an idiot.


K1 Visa Process AOS Process

Mar 18 2013: I-129F mailed to CSC Nov 15 2013: I-485 with EAD/AP filed at Chicago Lockbox

Sept 19 2013: Interview - Approved!! Jan 25 2014: EAD/AP Card Received

Oct 6 2013: POE - Chicago O'Hare June 2 2014: Permanent Resident Card Received!

Oct 27 2013: Wedding!

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If you've already legally changed it (which having it on your SS card would indicate), no need to involve the court. Hopefully it will be no big deal at the interview. Otherwise, maybe just hold off until ROC in two years and do it then. Or fill out form I-90 and pay the fee.

Fingers crossed for the easy way, but there are plenty of other ways to do it. And yes, your lawyer is an idiot.

Awesome!! You've put my mind at rest!! (Mostly!)

Thanks again!

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