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Marriage certificate Name and Aos Filing

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Hello,

My K-1 fiancee and I just got married. On the marriage certificate, her maiden last name is listed, not my last name, which she wants to adopt as her official last name. We will change her last name in court officially soon. However, we need to file her AoS documents within a couple of weeks. Should we file the AoS documents in her maiden last name as on the marriage certificate or my last name, which will be her new last name once we file the name change in court? I suspect we file the identical name as on the marriage certificate, but want to be sure.

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The marriage certificate has her maiden name because that is who she was when she got married. There is no need to change anything else (nor would there be any way to change anything as she's not a USC) and she can now use her married name to apply for anything, including the AOS.


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As others have said, you simply change her name by using yours, nothing else needs to be done. Just make sure that on the applications she uses her name, the marriage certificate will be proof that she is married to you and can use your last name.


21 Aug 2013: I-129F Sent

11 Feb 2014: Visa APPROVED!

20 May 2014: Wedding!

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31 Jul 2014: Mailed AOS Packet

12 Feb 2015: AOS Interview - Approved

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A marriage certificate is the legal name change documentation needed for someone changing their name through marriage. You do not need to get a court ordered name change when changing your name because of marriage.


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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By the way, when you go for biometrics, make sure you bring the birth certificate, marriage certificate, bot originals, and passport. The USCIS did not accept copies of the marriage certificate when we went there. Luckily, we came very early and had time to go back home and get an original.

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