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Hi to all. I hope someone can help me.

Im arriving on the first week of semptember to the USA with a K1 visa. I have a couple of questions about what to do with the records once I arrive there,

1. when can i apply for the SSN, do I need to wait until I get married or can I fill it before?

2. If i decide to use my future husband's last name, will I have to change all my other documents? for example, my peruvian and argentinian passport (i have dual citizenship), they both are with my maiden name, as well as my peruvian an argentinian ID, will i have to change them with my married name in order to travel abroad (if i ever do it), also, will i have to change my SSN in case i had got it before getting married?

thanks in advance


K1

02-02-2015 Package Sent by Express Mail

02-10-2015 NOA1

02-19-2015 NOA1 Hard Copy

02-25-2015 NOA2

03-02-2015 NOA2 Hard Copy

03-18-2015 NVC Left

03-25-2015 Argentinian Embassy received

04-09-2015 Packet 3 received

05-11-2015 Packet 3 sent

05-19-2015 Packet 4 recieved

06-15-2015 Interview: APPROVED :dancing:

07-01-2015 Visa in Hand

09-06-2015 POE

09-25-2015 Went to SSN Office

10-03-2015 SSC in hand

10-09-2015 Wedding (L):wub:

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AOS

11-09-2015 AOS, EAD & AP Sent by Express Mail (Dearborn Address)

11-10-2015 Package Delivered

11-19-2015 AOS, EAD & AP confirmation e-mails received

11-23-2015 NOAs received in the mail

11-30-2015 Biometrics appointment letter received (for Dic 11th)

12-11-2015 Biometrics not taken due to a difference in names in passport and appointment letter.

12-14-2015 Biometrics completed

01-06-2016 AOS Approved :dance:

01-11-2016 GREEN CARD in hand!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ROC

11-06-2017 Package Sent by Express Mail 

11-13-2017 NOA received

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Take a look at the guides http://www.visajourney.com/content/guides. Most of your questions would be answered there already.


K1 Visa Journey


Event Date
Service Center: Vermont Service Center
Consulate: Montreal, Canada
I-129F Sent: 2012-12-27
I-129F NOA1: 2013-01-17
I-129F RFE(s): 2013-05-31
RFE Reply(s): 2013-06-04
I-129F NOA2: 2013-12-19

Consulate Received: 2014-04-17
Packet 3 Received: 2014-06-13
Packet 3 Sent: 2014-06-17
Packet 4 Received: 2014-08-27
Interview Date: 2014-10-24

Interview Result: Administrative Review
Second Interview
(If Required): No
Approved: 2014-07-17
Visa in hand: 2014-07-21



Adjustment of Status


Event Date
CIS Office: Chicago Lockbox/Tampa FL
Date Filed: 2015-12-07
NOA Date: 2015-12-16
NOA Hardcopy: 2015-12-21
RFE(s):
Bio. Appt.:
AOS Transfer**:
Interview Date:
Approval / Denial Date:
Approved:
Got I551 Stamp:
Green card Received:
Comments: Angry white men be like


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Take a look at the guides http://www.visajourney.com/content/guides. Most of your questions would be answered there already.

I had already checked them and I couldnt find an answer to my questions.


K1

02-02-2015 Package Sent by Express Mail

02-10-2015 NOA1

02-19-2015 NOA1 Hard Copy

02-25-2015 NOA2

03-02-2015 NOA2 Hard Copy

03-18-2015 NVC Left

03-25-2015 Argentinian Embassy received

04-09-2015 Packet 3 received

05-11-2015 Packet 3 sent

05-19-2015 Packet 4 recieved

06-15-2015 Interview: APPROVED :dancing:

07-01-2015 Visa in Hand

09-06-2015 POE

09-25-2015 Went to SSN Office

10-03-2015 SSC in hand

10-09-2015 Wedding (L):wub:

----------------------------------------------------------

AOS

11-09-2015 AOS, EAD & AP Sent by Express Mail (Dearborn Address)

11-10-2015 Package Delivered

11-19-2015 AOS, EAD & AP confirmation e-mails received

11-23-2015 NOAs received in the mail

11-30-2015 Biometrics appointment letter received (for Dic 11th)

12-11-2015 Biometrics not taken due to a difference in names in passport and appointment letter.

12-14-2015 Biometrics completed

01-06-2016 AOS Approved :dance:

01-11-2016 GREEN CARD in hand!!!!!!!!!!!!

----------------------------------------------------------

ROC

11-06-2017 Package Sent by Express Mail 

11-13-2017 NOA received

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1. when can i apply for the SSN, do I need to wait until I get married or can I fill it before?


Get the SSN first as your i94 is in your maiden name, getting married and taking on a new name will result in an error. AOS in the new name and change the name on the SSN card after EAD/AP combo card obtained.



2. If i decide to use my future husband's last name, will I have to change all my other documents? for example, my peruvian and argentinian passport (i have dual citizenship), they both are with my maiden name, as well as my peruvian an argentinian ID, will i have to change them with my married name in order to travel abroad (if i ever do it), also, will i have to change my SSN in case i had got it before getting married?


thanks in advance.


Up to you, either get them changed or just walk with your marriage certificate when you travel to show proof of name change.


Edited by JDWright

02 Aug 2012 -- Met online

23 Feb 2013 -- Relations began (L)

19 May 2014 -- Visited! :luv:

26 Jun 2014 -- Engaged :dancing:

15 Oct 2014 -- I-129F package finished and mailed to Dallas

17 Oct 2014 -- NOA1 (email) TSC

22 Oct 2014 -- ARN updated

13 May 2015 -- NOA2 (email) :dancing:

19 May 2015 -- NOA2 Hardcopy

4 June 2015 -- NVC received (I think lol) Case number assigned.

11th June 2015 -- NVC sent to Bridgetown

16th June 2015 -- Bridgetown received

17th June 2015 - PCKT3 received
30th June 2015 - PCKT4 received

9th July 2015 - Medical (too many needles :/ )

21st July 2015 - Interview date :goofy:

10th August 2015 - Approved

12th August 2015 - Issued

13th August 2015 - Visa in hand via DHL

24th August 2015 - US arrival (POE MIA)


I am the beneficiary

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*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the Moving to the US forum -- topic involves post-visa issues. ***


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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In my opinion, I wouldn't bother getting the SSN until you're married - if you plan to change your name. Unless there is some compelling reason to have it immediately? It saves a 2nd trip to the SSA office to do the name change.

I married 2 weeks after entering the US and then applied for it a couple weeks after the wedding...entirely up to you

With regard to your other country's passports, it might be good to consult them directly. I personally only changed my name on my Cdn passport when it was up for renewal a couple years later. During the time when I had US id with my married name and Cdn id with my maiden name, I travelled with a copy of my marriage certificate to explain the difference. No problems.

Edited by Udella&Wiz

Wiz(USC) and Udella(Cdn & USC!)

Naturalization

02/22/11 - Filed

02/28/11 - NOA

03/28/11 - FP

06/17/11 - status change - scheduled for interview

06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

******************

Removal of Conditions

12/1/09 - received at VSC

12/2/09 - NOA's for self and daughter

01/12/10 - Biometrics completed

03/15/10 - 10 Green Card Received - self and daughter

******************

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In my opinion, I wouldn't bother getting the SSN until you're married - if you plan to change your name. Unless there is some compelling reason to have it immediately? It saves a 2nd trip to the SSA office to do the name change.

I married 2 weeks after entering the US and then applied for it a couple weeks after the wedding...entirely up to you

With regard to your other country's passports, it might be good to consult them directly. I personally only changed my name on my Cdn passport when it was up for renewal a couple years later. During the time when I had US id with my married name and Cdn id with my maiden name, I travelled with a copy of my marriage certificate to explain the difference. No problems.

Thank you ver much. this helped me a lot.


K1

02-02-2015 Package Sent by Express Mail

02-10-2015 NOA1

02-19-2015 NOA1 Hard Copy

02-25-2015 NOA2

03-02-2015 NOA2 Hard Copy

03-18-2015 NVC Left

03-25-2015 Argentinian Embassy received

04-09-2015 Packet 3 received

05-11-2015 Packet 3 sent

05-19-2015 Packet 4 recieved

06-15-2015 Interview: APPROVED :dancing:

07-01-2015 Visa in Hand

09-06-2015 POE

09-25-2015 Went to SSN Office

10-03-2015 SSC in hand

10-09-2015 Wedding (L):wub:

----------------------------------------------------------

AOS

11-09-2015 AOS, EAD & AP Sent by Express Mail (Dearborn Address)

11-10-2015 Package Delivered

11-19-2015 AOS, EAD & AP confirmation e-mails received

11-23-2015 NOAs received in the mail

11-30-2015 Biometrics appointment letter received (for Dic 11th)

12-11-2015 Biometrics not taken due to a difference in names in passport and appointment letter.

12-14-2015 Biometrics completed

01-06-2016 AOS Approved :dance:

01-11-2016 GREEN CARD in hand!!!!!!!!!!!!

----------------------------------------------------------

ROC

11-06-2017 Package Sent by Express Mail 

11-13-2017 NOA received

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JDWright said get the SSN first and get married second.

Udella&Wiz said get married first and SSN second.

I'm not sure which is better.

My fiancee just finished the requirements for her passport and it should be arriving in about 3 weeks. So after that, we'll be putting together the original visa packet. But I was planning on meeting her in the US after she got her visa, and going straight-away to the courthouse and chapel, then doing other paperwork, to include the post-marriage stuff. (I'm still not up on the lingo yet.)

When JDWright said something different than my plan, I was thinking about her filing for SSN under her maiden name, even though she would then be married, then reworking it after the other documents arrived. But now I'm not so sure what the best plan of attack would be.


K-1 Application sent 2-16-16

Received at Dallas lockbox 2-18-16

NOA1, sent to California 2-23-16

NOA2 4-21-16

NVC shipped to Manila 5-12-16

Consulate received 5-16-16

US Embassy Interview -- APPROVED!!! 8-24-16 :dancing: :joy: :dancing:

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JDWright said get the SSN first and get married second.

Udella&Wiz said get married first and SSN second.

I'm not sure which is better.

My fiancee just finished the requirements for her passport and it should be arriving in about 3 weeks. So after that, we'll be putting together the original visa packet. But I was planning on meeting her in the US after she got her visa, and going straight-away to the courthouse and chapel, then doing other paperwork, to include the post-marriage stuff. (I'm still not up on the lingo yet.)

When JDWright said something different than my plan, I was thinking about her filing for SSN under her maiden name, even though she would then be married, then reworking it after the other documents arrived. But now I'm not so sure what the best plan of attack would be.

Well, ive been reading a lot. what everyone says, is that, if u fill for SSN, with married name, they wont be able to find her in their system, so, it will be really hard to do it, so, people recomend to do it with maiden name, do the name change for GC, and once you have (now they will have her in their system with married name), change SSN.

that's what im going to do. also, they recomend to fill for SSN 3 weeks after arrival, not sooner, in case they cant see her in their system, so u will save a trip to the office.


K1

02-02-2015 Package Sent by Express Mail

02-10-2015 NOA1

02-19-2015 NOA1 Hard Copy

02-25-2015 NOA2

03-02-2015 NOA2 Hard Copy

03-18-2015 NVC Left

03-25-2015 Argentinian Embassy received

04-09-2015 Packet 3 received

05-11-2015 Packet 3 sent

05-19-2015 Packet 4 recieved

06-15-2015 Interview: APPROVED :dancing:

07-01-2015 Visa in Hand

09-06-2015 POE

09-25-2015 Went to SSN Office

10-03-2015 SSC in hand

10-09-2015 Wedding (L):wub:

----------------------------------------------------------

AOS

11-09-2015 AOS, EAD & AP Sent by Express Mail (Dearborn Address)

11-10-2015 Package Delivered

11-19-2015 AOS, EAD & AP confirmation e-mails received

11-23-2015 NOAs received in the mail

11-30-2015 Biometrics appointment letter received (for Dic 11th)

12-11-2015 Biometrics not taken due to a difference in names in passport and appointment letter.

12-14-2015 Biometrics completed

01-06-2016 AOS Approved :dance:

01-11-2016 GREEN CARD in hand!!!!!!!!!!!!

----------------------------------------------------------

ROC

11-06-2017 Package Sent by Express Mail 

11-13-2017 NOA received

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