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Alien name change concurrent to CR1 process

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Hello,

 

My wife and I have recently married in the United States. She is now back in her home country and we are looking to get going on the CR1 process asap and close our gap again. 

She is taking my last name & we are scratching our heads wondering how we should fill out the 130 and proceeding documents. 

 

Is it OK for us to begin the process using her soon-to-be name? Even though she would be currently working on getting her named changed in her home country. 

 

OR - should we not worry about any name change work until after she is here?

 

Thanks!

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If you are legally married then you would file the I-130 petition under her married name. then she will have to change her documents to reflect her married name. This will eliminate any discrepancies when it comes time for the interview. She will need to change her internal passport and international passport.

 

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3 hours ago, Ry-bread said:

Hello,

 

My wife and I have recently married in the United States. She is now back in her home country and we are looking to get going on the CR1 process asap and close our gap again. 

She is taking my last name & we are scratching our heads wondering how we should fill out the 130 and proceeding documents. 

 

Is it OK for us to begin the process using her soon-to-be name? Even though she would be currently working on getting her named changed in her home country. 

 

OR - should we not worry about any name change work until after she is here?

 

Thanks!

My humble suggestion is to not worry about any name change until she is in the US.  A few things to consider: how long would it take to get the name change in her home country?  Then, if you show documentation of the name change dated AFTER you submit the I-130, then the information on the I-130 can be deemed inaccurate and false.  Most of your other documents would have to contain her "new name" such as police records etc.  As mentioned by florida racer 73, she will also have to apply for a new passport.  It seems less complicated for her to use her name as is when you got married.

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My suggestion if she wants to take her married last name is do make sure her passport is changed before interview.  The green card comes in visa name, the visa comes in passport name.  It costs $450 to change the green card after arrival.  Do it all ahead of time and save yourself the hassle later.  You can do the I-130 in her new name, that's fine.  Just be aware that her documentation from the NVC may still come in her maiden name if she hasn't changed her passport by the time she submits her NVC documents. 

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6 hours ago, florida racer 73 said:

If you are legally married then you would file the I-130 petition under her married name. then she will have to change her documents to reflect her married name. This will eliminate any discrepancies when it comes time for the interview. She will need to change her internal passport and international passport.

 

what's an internal passport?  

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1 minute ago, NikLR said:

what's an internal passport?  

My wife is from Ukraine, here they use an internal passport for identification, it is the equivalent to our drivers licenses back home. After my wife and I married she changed her name and filed for a new internal passport, that took 30 days to get, she then applied for her international passport, we paid for expedited processing and that took an additional 2 weeks, it is only after we had all of this done that I filed our I-130 petition.

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23 minutes ago, florida racer 73 said:

My wife is from Ukraine, here they use an internal passport for identification, it is the equivalent to our drivers licenses back home. After my wife and I married she changed her name and filed for a new internal passport, that took 30 days to get, she then applied for her international passport, we paid for expedited processing and that took an additional 2 weeks, it is only after we had all of this done that I filed our I-130 petition.

AH I understand... You can do that paperwork while you're processing the I-130 though.  That normally takes about 6 months. 

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Just now, NikLR said:

AH I understand... You can do that paperwork while you're processing the I-130 though.  That normally takes about 6 months. 

Yes, you could, but I wanted to have everything correct and matching so there is no possible questions to be asked or delays!

 

In my mind it was just easier to have her documents with the correct name matching all of the forms. I just figured it would be one less question they could ask about why the difference in the last names

 

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