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Did you use your new last name for the AOS? If not you'll have pay to change the green card!


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When are we permitted to change our last name ?? I was told I have to wait until my AOS is approved with green card in hand ... Been married since APRIL 18 2015

Hi,

You and your spouse can take each other's last name as soon as you are married and have a marriage certificate. Under the law of your state, a married person can take his or her spouse's last name based on being married.

Google "change last name based on marriage + name of your state."

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I did use my married name on all my paperwork filed post married...went to change my drivers license and was told to come back when my AOS was in hand...they DID give me my STATE drivers license in my maiden name !!!!! SS Office told me I can't even do anything there until I get my EAD Card in hand....EVERY state should follow the same procedures

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Every state pretty much does for requirements for driver's licenses. Most of them require you to have at least an EAD in legal name to get a license.

Since DMVs are a state issue, not a federal one (just like in Canada, they're provincial not federal) the requirements can vary a little.


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On 7/27/2015 at 12:59 PM, NikLR said:

Every state pretty much does for requirements for driver's licenses. Most of them require you to have at least an EAD in legal name to get a license.

Since DMVs are a state issue, not a federal one (just like in Canada, they're provincial not federal) the requirements can vary a little.

Hi, did you get your SS card in Colorado? I'm curious if Colorado requires obtaining EAD in new last name before obtaining a new SS card


Aug 2011 - Arrived on F1 visa

09/06/2015 Started exchanging messages

10/24/2015 We met in person

07/01/2017 We got engaged!

10/31/2017 We got married!

11/08/2017 AOS Package (I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131) sent via USPS - Chicago Lockbox

                      (Priority Mail - USPS autocorrected zipcode to 60680-4187)

11/12/2017 Package delivered (Delayed due to USPS mistakenly took it to 60624 and Veteran's Day) 

11/21/2017 Received 4 e-mails & 4 text notifications (01:30 AM EST); checks cashed

11/28/2017 Received 4 NOA1 hard copies

12/09/2017 Received Biometrics Appointment Letter (for i-485 and i-765)

12/21/2017 Biometrics Appointment

01/08/2018 **I-765 and I-131 Approved** (61 days)

01/16/2018 %%Received combo card%% (tracking shows USCIS sent it on Jan 11 from MO, then Jan 15 USPS closed for MLK day) 

01/20/2018 Received approval letters for EAD and AP

09/20/2018 Received text 'Interview was scheduled' and interview notice will be mailed

 

Side note: I turned my maiden name into second middle name. In the combo card, my given name is First Firstmiddleinitial, however on the back of the card, they attempted to list my second middle name. 

 

My application package:

 

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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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