I'm wondering if anyone else has been in a similar situation where their first name varies slightly between Passport and Green Card, and if this caused any problems?
I married my US husband last year and have just received notification that my 2-year GC has been approved. I've also just realized that my NZ passport will need to be renewed in the next few months.
When I got married, I changed my name a little differently than most - I took his surname, took my maiden surname as my new middle name and hyphenated my first/middle name. For example, my maiden name was Sarah Jane Smith, my husband's surname is Jones. After getting married, my name became Sarah-Jane Smith Jones.
My name has legally been changed in my home country, and I have a new birth certificate/driver license there as Sarah-Jane. When we submitted my I-400 we did use Sarah-Jane but all the paperwork USCIS returned had Sarah Jane, no hyphen. It didn't bother me at the time, I just figured I would update it when applying for naturaliztion.
However, I've realize that when I renew my passport, my name will be Sarah-Jane Smith Jones on my passport, and Sarah Jane Smith Jones on my GC. I'm wondering if this could cause problems when flying or needing to present ID. It's such a small difference, I am hoping that by presenting my NZ birth certificate (with Sarah-Jane) when I travel that will be sufficient to pass through immigration/customs/airline counter checks.
I'm reluctant to pay to change my name in the US if I can wait until naturalization, plus having to pay for and wait for a new Green Card. I did find this page here that says:
Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR): LPR's who change their name due to marriage or because of any other circumstance may travel using your LPR Card (US Green Card; I551) in your prior name provided you bring proof of your name progression such as; a marriage certificate, a divorce decree or court documents showing a legal name change.
... but I'm still a little anxious.
I've found plenty of information on having a different surname on your passport/GC, and but not first. Has anyone else been in this situation?