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Hey guys,

Does anyone know if you need to apply for a new passport if you have changed your last name after getting married? I took my husbands last name when we married in November, so all of my applications to USCIS for AP, EAD, and AOS have my new last name.

Question is, if I travel back to Canada after my AP is approved, does my passport have to have my new last name?

Thank you for any help!

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Hi, Usually yes, but you could carry your marriage certificate for now. Hope this helps http://www.us-passport-service-guide.com/can-i-use-my-passport-with-my-maiden-name-and-my-marriage-certificate-to-travel.html


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NOA1 Received: 10/4/16 : Receipt Date of 9/19/16


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Hey guys,

Does anyone know if you need to apply for a new passport if you have changed your last name after getting married? I took my husbands last name when we married in November, so all of my applications to USCIS for AP, EAD, and AOS have my new last name.

Question is, if I travel back to Canada after my AP is approved, does my passport have to have my new last name?

Thank you for any help!

No. You don't enter Canada with an AP or EAD. Canada is not concerned with your name in the US. However, you should apply for a new Canadian passport when you're up there. This ensures all your documents have the same name.

Read more here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/passport/apply/name-change.asp

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It's best to get a new passport with your new legal name so all your IDs will match. Don't know if Canada requires you to get a new passport or not with your new legal name.

You can travel with your passport containing your maiden name. Bring a copy of your marriage certificate. The marriage certificate is the legal document allowing you to legally take your husband's last name. It links the maiden name in your passport with the married name on your AP.

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I would recommend to change your last name once you are requesting a new passport when it is about to expire.

It costs you less stress and less hectic.

But I am not sure how the Canadian law works, would recommend you to call your embassy first and ask for advice.


08/18/2016: Married!
09/21/2016: Sent AOS Package per FedEx Express

09/22/2016 Forms arrived at USCIS office

10/11/2016: Received NOA 1 in mail (forms accepted & processed)
10/26/2016: Biometrics Appointment
10/28/2016: Case is ready for interview & awaiting schedulement
12/08/2016: EAD & AP approved!

12/13/2016: Received EAD & AP combo card!

10/04/2017: Received Appointment letter!

11/02/2017: Interview! Decision cannot yet be made, awaiting final approval.

11/06/2017: Approval letter in mail!

11/13/2017: Greencard arrived!

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No. You don't enter Canada with an AP or EAD. Canada is not concerned with your name in the US. However, you should apply for a new Canadian passport when you're up there. This ensures all your documents have the same name.

Read more here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/passport/apply/name-change.asp

I think they may be concerned about the return trip.


Pkg Sent:9/13/16


Received at Chicago Lock box: 9/16/16


Received Texts: 9/30/16


NOA1 Received: 10/4/16 : Receipt Date of 9/19/16


Bio Appt letter Received: 10/12/16


Bio Appt completed: 10/24/16


Card in production: 11/17/16


Combo Card received 11/25/16

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I've been using my passport in my maiden name to go back and forth. I just make sure I have a piece of US ID that matches my GC name(or EAD/AP when I used that) and to carry my marriage certificate. No problems. I'm currently about to send my passport in for a new one in my new name since it's about to expire. I'm sending it from the US and it says it takes 20 business days. No biggie!


Met 2008. Moved in together 2010. Married 2015. Baby Z joined us 2017 . :wub:

AOS Timeline 350 days

 

May 31/15 - Sent AOS/EAD/AP to USCIS

June 4/15 - Email and text notifications they were recieved

June 10/15 - NOA1 for AOS/EAD/AP Dated June 1

June 17/15- Change of address confirmation

June 22/15- Biometrics appointment received

July 1/15- Biometrics appointment done(5 minute appointment, 8 hour round trip drive <_< )

August 5/15 - Change of address submitted for new location

August 8/15 - Mobile/E-mail notifications for approved EAD/AP :)

August 17/15 - Change of address confirmation after calling in

August 17/15 - EAD/AP Combo card mailed out(To the wrong address, and then lost by USPS)

September 3/15 - Contacted USCIS and was told to re-apply with a new application and fees?! Put in a service request online for lost card, and a complaint

September 8/15 - USPS found & returned card to USCIS

September 15/15 - Ombudsman contacted USCIS

September 17/15 - Card mailed back out

September 19/15 - EAD/AP Combo card finally in hand

September 22/15 - NPIW letter received, dated September 9/2015 estimated 6 month wait

October 13-21/15 - Traveled using AP to visit parents & ship the rest of our belongings out west

November 27-30/15 - Traveled using AP

December 28/15- RFE hard copy, waiting on documents from Canada

January 31-February 7/16 - Traveled using AP

February 10/16 - Sent in RFE, delivered Feb 16

April 16/16 - Service request filed, RFE was never updated online

May 12 - Approved email and status update dated May 10. Service request never was assigned or solved, though.

May 14 - Greencard in hand!

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I think they may be concerned about the return trip.

They don't require a passport when re-entering the US. Just the greencard/ AOS paperwork/AP.

At least the two trips I have taken by air and two I have by landcrossings..

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They don't require a passport when re-entering the US. Just the greencard/ AOS paperwork/AP.

At least the two trips I have taken by air and two I have by landcrossings..

Oh ok.


Pkg Sent:9/13/16


Received at Chicago Lock box: 9/16/16


Received Texts: 9/30/16


NOA1 Received: 10/4/16 : Receipt Date of 9/19/16


Bio Appt letter Received: 10/12/16


Bio Appt completed: 10/24/16


Card in production: 11/17/16


Combo Card received 11/25/16

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