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My wife's middle name is spelled wrong on her passport. It says Nichole, while all other documents show Nicole. We started filling out the I-130 and as I wrote 'Nicole' I remembered about this. 

 

I searched several threads to see if she must get it fixed, but most of the info was for people who had errors/differences in translation from other languages and more leniency.

 

Has anyone had experience with this with English documents? Does she need to get a new passport so that it matches everything else? 

 

It was never an issue as long as she wrote 'Nichole' when buying plane tickets. The one time I bought a ticket for her and wrote it the 'correct' way, the airline gave her trouble. Which makes me think the answer to this is definitely, yes, it needs to be fixed but happy to hear otherwise from anyone who knows better. ;-)

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Personally, I find it odd when people don't get their identification documents corrected when there's a misspelling. If I was in her position, I'd get the passport reissued because clearly the misspelled name is not her actual/correct name and shouldn't be used to avoid confusion. I mean really, the names on her passport should be able to get matched back with her birth certificate and other formal IDs. 


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5 hours ago, KULtoATL said:

Personally, I find it odd when people don't get their identification documents corrected when there's a misspelling. If I was in her position, I'd get the passport reissued because clearly the misspelled name is not her actual/correct name and shouldn't be used to avoid confusion. I mean really, the names on her passport should be able to get matched back with her birth certificate and other formal IDs. 

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1 hour ago, BuiQuang said:

Get the passport corrected.

 

No one should be using a legal ID especially a passport with an incorrect name.  To be blunt, this is just stupid.

Knowing Passport Canada, the passport probably matches her birth certificate. She would need to have that corrected first, then apply for a new passport.

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3 hours ago, BuiQuang said:

Get the passport corrected.

 

No one should be using a legal ID especially a passport with an incorrect name.  To be blunt, this is just stupid.

Not disagreeing with you, just checking what is definitely necessary in the mountain of to do list stuff. Since it's such a minor and obvious typo, it's never really given her a problem but I know immigration is a different story.

 

I was more wondering if she needs an entire new passport for this process or if anyone had success with a notarized letter or something stating that it is indeed her and there was a typo. Basically something easier to procure than an entire new PP. We'll sort it, no big. 

 

1 hour ago, Lemonslice said:

Knowing Passport Canada, the passport probably matches her birth certificate. She would need to have that corrected first, then apply for a new passport.

No, her birth certificate is correct. This mistake only happened on her most recent passport from a couple years ago. 

 

We'll look into getting it fixed. As I said above, I knew it was the likely answer, but just in case... ;-) 

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Just double checking I'm not missing something- she (the beneficiary) does not need to submit a copy of her passport when we turn in the 1-130/1-130A right? I know they used to require the birth certificate for the beneficiary but no longer. Same thing for the beneficiary passport? Only at a later stage?

 

We are about ready to turn in the 1-130 and getting her passport fixed will take a few weeks. Thanks!

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