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Hi!

 

We got married in CA and have what is called the (1) license and certificate of marriage and (2) marriage certificate.

(1) shows that I took my husband's surname.  (2) only shows my maiden name. I am filling all AOS forms using my married name.

 

Should I produce both copies for the I-130 and I-485 forms? Instructions say copy of "marriage certificate" so I am unsure if that means (1) or (2)?

 

Thanks for any help!

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Two-Step Adjustment of Status from B-2 Visitor's visa
Step 1: Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative

10/11/15 - Got married

01/30/17 - Sent I-130 packet to Phoenix, AZ Lockbox via FedEx

02/01/17 - Packet delivered

02/06/17 - Received Email/Text NOA1

02/10/17 - Received NOA1 (I-797C) hardcopy in mail

 

Step 2: Form I-485 Adjustment of Status (AOS)

03/21/17 - Sent I-485 (together with application for EAD and AP) packet to Chicago, IL Lockbox via FedEx

03/24/17 - Packet delivered

04/10/17 - Received Email/Text NOA1

04/14/17 - Received NOA1(biometrics appointment & I-797C) hardcopy in mail

04/24/17 - Biometric appointment (Oakland USCIS)

04/24/17 - Received RFE in mail for I-485

04/26/17 - RFE document sent to USCIS via FedEx

05/01/17 - Packet delivered

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Marriage licence is the approval from the local government to get married within a stipulated time. 

 

What you need for AOS is the Marriage Certificate, which basically is the documentary proof that a marriage did take place and was registered with the local authorities. 

 

 

 


 

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Day 00~12/08/2016: Package received at USCIS PO Box (Concurrent Filing I-130, I-485, I765, I-131)

Day 07~12/15/2016: Checks En-cashed
Day 08~12/16/2016: Electronic NOA's

Day 15~12/23/2016: Physical NOA1 for all 4 petitions

Day 23~12/31/2016: Received Bio-metrics appointment letter for 01/09/2017

Day 32~01/09/2017: Bio-metrics complete as per scheduled appointment

Day 80~02/27/2017: Raised an Online E-Request (SR) for an update on my I-765 which was closed on 3/13 

Day 98~03/16/2017: Tier II officer confirmed status quo for I-765 "Under Review, case should be adjudicated soon"

Day 98~03/16/2017: EAD card is being produced

Day111~03/29/2017: EAD+AP Combo card in hand

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Thanks! My marriage certificate has my maiden name on it though (doesn't show that I took my husband's family name). I'm filling all my forms using my married name. Is that going to pose any problems? 


Two-Step Adjustment of Status from B-2 Visitor's visa
Step 1: Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative

10/11/15 - Got married

01/30/17 - Sent I-130 packet to Phoenix, AZ Lockbox via FedEx

02/01/17 - Packet delivered

02/06/17 - Received Email/Text NOA1

02/10/17 - Received NOA1 (I-797C) hardcopy in mail

 

Step 2: Form I-485 Adjustment of Status (AOS)

03/21/17 - Sent I-485 (together with application for EAD and AP) packet to Chicago, IL Lockbox via FedEx

03/24/17 - Packet delivered

04/10/17 - Received Email/Text NOA1

04/14/17 - Received NOA1(biometrics appointment & I-797C) hardcopy in mail

04/24/17 - Biometric appointment (Oakland USCIS)

04/24/17 - Received RFE in mail for I-485

04/26/17 - RFE document sent to USCIS via FedEx

05/01/17 - Packet delivered

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Well i dont know about your state. But in my state, it clearly mentions names after marriage and pre marriage. 

 

isnt that the case in California ?

Edited by sebastianshaw

 

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Day 00~12/08/2016: Package received at USCIS PO Box (Concurrent Filing I-130, I-485, I765, I-131)

Day 07~12/15/2016: Checks En-cashed
Day 08~12/16/2016: Electronic NOA's

Day 15~12/23/2016: Physical NOA1 for all 4 petitions

Day 23~12/31/2016: Received Bio-metrics appointment letter for 01/09/2017

Day 32~01/09/2017: Bio-metrics complete as per scheduled appointment

Day 80~02/27/2017: Raised an Online E-Request (SR) for an update on my I-765 which was closed on 3/13 

Day 98~03/16/2017: Tier II officer confirmed status quo for I-765 "Under Review, case should be adjudicated soon"

Day 98~03/16/2017: EAD card is being produced

Day111~03/29/2017: EAD+AP Combo card in hand

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Not on the marriage certificate, unfortunately :( It does show both names (before and after marriage) on the license though. That's why I was wondering if I should send both license and certificate to reflect both names. 


Two-Step Adjustment of Status from B-2 Visitor's visa
Step 1: Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative

10/11/15 - Got married

01/30/17 - Sent I-130 packet to Phoenix, AZ Lockbox via FedEx

02/01/17 - Packet delivered

02/06/17 - Received Email/Text NOA1

02/10/17 - Received NOA1 (I-797C) hardcopy in mail

 

Step 2: Form I-485 Adjustment of Status (AOS)

03/21/17 - Sent I-485 (together with application for EAD and AP) packet to Chicago, IL Lockbox via FedEx

03/24/17 - Packet delivered

04/10/17 - Received Email/Text NOA1

04/14/17 - Received NOA1(biometrics appointment & I-797C) hardcopy in mail

04/24/17 - Biometric appointment (Oakland USCIS)

04/24/17 - Received RFE in mail for I-485

04/26/17 - RFE document sent to USCIS via FedEx

05/01/17 - Packet delivered

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the way you are describing the situation i think the solution you have in mind is correct,

but i recon, wait for some other people on the forum who might be familiar with the process in California to confirm the same


 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Day 00~12/08/2016: Package received at USCIS PO Box (Concurrent Filing I-130, I-485, I765, I-131)

Day 07~12/15/2016: Checks En-cashed
Day 08~12/16/2016: Electronic NOA's

Day 15~12/23/2016: Physical NOA1 for all 4 petitions

Day 23~12/31/2016: Received Bio-metrics appointment letter for 01/09/2017

Day 32~01/09/2017: Bio-metrics complete as per scheduled appointment

Day 80~02/27/2017: Raised an Online E-Request (SR) for an update on my I-765 which was closed on 3/13 

Day 98~03/16/2017: Tier II officer confirmed status quo for I-765 "Under Review, case should be adjudicated soon"

Day 98~03/16/2017: EAD card is being produced

Day111~03/29/2017: EAD+AP Combo card in hand

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Thank you sebastianshaw! 


Two-Step Adjustment of Status from B-2 Visitor's visa
Step 1: Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative

10/11/15 - Got married

01/30/17 - Sent I-130 packet to Phoenix, AZ Lockbox via FedEx

02/01/17 - Packet delivered

02/06/17 - Received Email/Text NOA1

02/10/17 - Received NOA1 (I-797C) hardcopy in mail

 

Step 2: Form I-485 Adjustment of Status (AOS)

03/21/17 - Sent I-485 (together with application for EAD and AP) packet to Chicago, IL Lockbox via FedEx

03/24/17 - Packet delivered

04/10/17 - Received Email/Text NOA1

04/14/17 - Received NOA1(biometrics appointment & I-797C) hardcopy in mail

04/24/17 - Biometric appointment (Oakland USCIS)

04/24/17 - Received RFE in mail for I-485

04/26/17 - RFE document sent to USCIS via FedEx

05/01/17 - Packet delivered

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In TX (and mny other states) all marriage certificates have only the maiden name. This is not a problem. Your husbands name being on there is enough. By filing the AOS in your new married name you are showing that you are choosing his last name as your new legal last name. The certificate is important to show you actually fulfilled the demands of the K1 visa (or simply that you are married and eligible to aos if not a K1) and got married not that you changed names, which you can choose to do or not to do.  

In short, all you need is the certificate. :)

Edited by Suss&Camm

K1 Visa & AOS

Spoiler

2016-03-19         i-129F Sent
2016-03-24         i-129F NOA1
2016-06-14         i-129F NOA2
2016-07-08         NVC Rec'd
2016-07-12         Case #
2016-07-13         NVC Left
2016-07-14         Consulate Rec'd
2016-07-19         Medical
2016-08-11         Interview Date (approved)
2016-09-06         Issued
2016-09-09         Visa In Hand
2016-10-19         POE Dallas Fort-Worth
2016-10-30         Our Halloween Wedding

2016-11-16         AOS package sent (i-485, i-131, i-765, i-864, g-325a, DS-3025)
2016-11-17         AOS package delivered to Chicago lockbox
2016-11-23         NOA1's by e-mail and text (@ 10:30 pm CT)
2016-11-26         NOA1 hard copies
2016-12-03         Biometrics appointment in mail
2016-12-07         Biometrics (Early walk-in Desoto, appointment was for Dec 13th)

2017-02-17         Notice of card in production by email and text (@8:00 am CT, i-765) - Day 92

2017-02-22         Notice of approval by email and text (@1:00 pm CT, i-765 and i-131) - Day 97

2017-02-22         Notice of card being mailed by email and text (@7:00 pm CT, i-765) - Day 97

2017-02-25         EAD/AP combo card arrived in mail - Day 100

2017-03-03         Notice of green card in production by email and text (@4:00 pm CT, i-485) - Day 106

2017-03-03         Notice of approval by email and text (@6:00 pm CT, i-485) - Day 106

2017-03-11          Green card arrived in mail  - Day 113

2018-12-03          First day to file for ROC (i-751)

 

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Yeah, I filled out all the forms with my new last name (my husband's), and USCIS sent me the NOAs with my new last name. Our marriage certificate just shows my maiden name, so I sent in a photocopy of the envelope it came in just in case (ie, addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Fresh Green Grass) I dunno if that was necessary, but I also had proof of health insurance, etc all in my new married name. So far so good!


AOS Package sent: 12/20/2016

AOS Package received: 12/22/2016

Fees accepted: 01/05/2017

NOA email received: 01/09/2017

NOA letter received: 01/13/2017 (dated 01/06/2017)

Biometrics appointment letter received: 01/21/2017 (dated 01/14/2017)

Biometrics appointment date: 01/30/2017

Case status changed to ready to schedule interview: 02/10/2017

EAD card status changed to being produced: 03/24/2017

EAD card sent in the mail 04/03/2017

Interview scheduled for: 05/10/2017 (Case status changed on 04/04/2017)

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