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arrowOther names used? I-129F
March 6, 2015, 11:35 pm Last comment by KayDeeCee
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Hi all,

My fiancé (petitioner) is filling out the I-129F and for the part that is about me (Alien Fiance) - it asks for "Other names used". 

I have a last name that I previously used which was my birth fathers last name, but since 2005 - I had my last name legally changed to my step fathers last name. For that section of the form, I put my original last name by birth. My question is: Do I need to include my official New Zealand Change of Name Statutory Declaration to show that I had my last name legally changed at 15 years old? 

Or do I just need to fill out the other names used section and the legal proof is not required? 


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arrowK1 Visa - Proof of Ongoing Relationship
March 6, 2015, 9:06 pm Last comment by Soulmate1971
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Hi all, 

My fiancé is in the process of filing for my K1 Visa and we just want to be sure of the following:

1: I read on a forum here that you do not need to send proof of ongoing relationship? Such as boarding passes, pictures? Is this true?

2: If we are to send these evidences, do we send the original of say, boarding passes? Or will a photocopy of boarding passes, hotel bookings etc suffice? AND - we have currently booked and locked in our venue for our wedding in Austin. Will a copy of this booking or any other bookings made for our wedding day be good to provide to show the intent of marriage etc?

3: Also - does anyone know the average length of time it takes to get approved? 

4: It is only the petitioner (my fiancé) that sends a notarised copy of his birth certificate for this initial application I-129F right? 

 



 
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arrowDifferent First Name on Passport/GC
March 2, 2015, 11:58 am Last comment by Cielle.Cielle
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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? 



 
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arrowTravelling to Mexico (TJ) with AP Combo Card
February 27, 2015, 2:36 pm Last comment by TBoneTX
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I've got my combo card (Finally) and really looking forward to taking the bus from San Diego to the border and exploring TJ now that I've got my new found freedom. 

 

Now my entry expired in November, and my passport is valid, my AP is valid (I have both a letter and combo card).  Just asking for anyone else who has done this before, do you run into any problems on the border? Is there anything that I'll be asked, any other evidence I need to take (Attoerney said bring wedding cert and NOAs to be safe) will it take any longer to cross back into USA etc. 

 

Also will my passport be stamped upon re entry?  

 

I've done a lot of travel before, but first time in this situation.  Would prefer no suprises as we've had a pretty crappy month (we had a suicide in the family and we are grieving at the moment, was hoping a nice day trip would lighten the atmosphere, but can't really cope with stress or interrogations on the border!). 

 

Any suggestions would be great. 



 
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arrowRe. AP expedite
February 25, 2015, 1:00 am Last comment by andfp
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Today we went to USCIS office for my husband's biometric appointment for I-485 , i-765 . We talked with branch manager to expedite his AP application. He took his receipt number and he asked us to have his biometric done by today for AP. We did..... But he  didn't gave us any further information. He just advised us to call USCIS. We already made a request to expedite our case over the phone. As we were not able to get info pass appointment within in 3-4 days. As, my husband has to leave in the first week of march. Is there any other way to get AP early??? Please advise me if you have any information about this...

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