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Traveling with 10yr green card & different name on foreign passport

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Trying to book tickets overseas, not sure what to do with these insane airline "security" rules nowadays...

Say my first name officially is Mary, middle name is Jane and I have always gone by Jane, NOT Mary. Last name Green (married name). Maiden name Brown.

Name on my foreign passport: Mary Jane Green.

Name on my 10yr green card: Jane B Green.

What name do I use to book my tickets? According to the airline, name on the ticket has to match the name on the passport exactly. So despite the fact that I have traveled as Jane all my life, according to this I have to now start traveling as Mary Jane. So Mary Jane Green.

What about when I re-enter the US with my green card that says Jane B Green?

Does anyone have experience with these situations? Your advice is highly appreciated.

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When traveling internationally you should travel under the name that appears in your passport. If you change your name in your passport to how you live your life, then do that, if you can.

Until then, the name in your passport is how your name should be reflected on your ticket. This is safest bet for hassle free travel.

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Immigration doesn't care about what your ticket name says, only the airport. You should follow the airport rules, but bring a marriage certificate with you for when you re-enter the US. Immigration will question the name difference, but then that is when you show the marriage certificate. Hopefully your marriage certificate says "Jane B Green." This happens a lot when people marry with a new last name. I know personally my sister-in-law was always known by her middle name and carries her Marriage Certificate with her when she travels.


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My first , middle AND last names are differnt from what I have on my passport.

it's goes like this like

My HK and UK passports says I am JOHN JOE SMITH

My green card says JACK AUSTIN JACKSON .

I adopted my partners last name and changed my first name at city civil court. My global entry shows my new name.

The solution ? Go to your country's embassy, show them your marriage certificate and court paper , request them to write a note in amendment page that you are also known as XXX. They will print something like :

The holder of this passport is also known as XXX

From my experience when traveling on American Airlines to Hong Kong and from Hong Kong back to us , they did ask for the discrepancies but as soon as they saw the amendment page , they checked me in with no problem.

With airberlin they insisted that I have to use name on the first page on my passport , but later a supervisor was called and issued my boarding pass.

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You could also change your name on your passport , but that may take a while and cost you more. Your country might not accept your U.S. Paper as a legal name change. So the best bet is to get an amendment on your passport and when in doubt , bring whatever paper authorizing the change.

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Book airline tickets under the name which is written on your passport. It has to match with the name on ticket. Upon re-entering the States, show passport and green card with proof of legal name change. No problem.

just out of curiosity, do you still have one of them older ten year passports? Just seems odd that you haven't yet renewed your passport in the same name as your other docs, as you've apparently already been living in the States for about four years. Not that this has anything to do with the situatioon, like I said, i'm just curious.

And I'm not sure if Finnish embassies would grant that extra page on passport stating a different name.

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Did an infopass yesterday to get a USCIS perspective. Although it's the CBP that process re-entry, the USCIS didn't see a problem with the name discrepancy. Tickets in the passport name, then the worst the CBP could do would be to pull me in secondary in which I would explain the different versions that can all be derived from legal documents (which I carry with me)- no problem.

JACo, my passport was very recently renewed.


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