My American wife and I (I'm Canadian) have started to fill out the I-130, I-130A, and G-1145 forms. This is both our first marriages. I live in Ontario, she lives in Arkansas. We spend lots of time together and visit each other frequently. We got married on April 7 in Arkansas in front of our families. The I-130A was very straightforward and is all filed out ready to go. The confusion comes with the I-130. My wife and I are married and we have our original and certified copies of our marriage license. What last name does she use on the form I-30? Her maiden name or my last name? She has not changed it with the Social Security Administration yet. She does plan on doing this before we send in the forms. She will not be changing her passport or drivers license until November after the forms will have been sent in. Same goes for the G-1145, what last name should be used? We are thinking that MY last name should be used on all forms since her name will be changed with SSA by the time we send them off.
This brings me to our second dilemma. Some of our evidence. We have 3 joint bank accounts. 2 in the USA and 1 in Canada. 1 US account uses her new married name because all they needed was the marriage license to change it. The other 2 are in her maiden name because they need pieces of ID which we don't have. My insurance forms (health insurance through my Canadian job) and beneficiary forms (leaving her the beneficiary of my retirement plans and life insurance) are all in her maiden name but are in the process of being changed over to her married name. I will submit copies of both. Does it matter that the names are partially in her maiden name and partially in her married name?
On the I-130 part 2 we should use her maiden name? For employment history she works seasonally in NY even though she lives in AR. She doesn't live in NY but stays there through the warm season to work at a campground to be close to me in Canada. How do we convey this information on the form I-130?
In part 4, names of beneficiary's spouses...she is the current and only spouse. 21a, do we use her maiden name or my last name after we change hers to mine with the SSA? Information about Beneficiary's family...we have no children so its just her for spouse correct?
Part 4 question 59. We have never LIVED together but she has spent lots of time with myself and my parents in Canada and I have spent lots of time with her and her family in the USA. For that question we put NEVER LIVED TOGETHER.
I'm so sorry for all the questions but we want to be 100% sure of everything before we send anything in. Thank you all for all the help you've provided for us!!