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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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arrowRegarding AP{ Re-entry permit}
February 23, 2015, 8:31 pm Last comment by sidhu012

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My husband has already got his biometric fingerprints appointment  (for AOS,AP, EAD) which is on 24th february 2015 in USCIS OAKLAND. Actually my husband's brother marriage is in the first week of the march in India. So, he wants to attend his marriage. Is there any way that we can get his Re-entry Permit early. Please guide us through this process if you have any information about it as soon as possible. We would really appreciate your help. 

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arrowWhere to from here
February 18, 2015, 4:57 pm Last comment by kzielu

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My husband is about to file taxes for 2013, we think he files as MFS as I have no SSN.  We are both living in NZ at the moment with a IR1/CR1 in process, how do we declare my taxes?  He hasnt been working whilst here in NZ.    Does this make sense?   It has now put a halt to our immigration process.

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