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I brought my wife her on a K-1 visa and we just got married. When does her last name legal change to mine? Is this when she applies for SSN?

Sent I-129F August 21, 2004

NOA-1 August 24, 2004

NOA-2 September 2, 2004

Recieved phone confirmation of <!--WORD2URL-01--><!--END WORD2URL-01-->NVC<!--WORD2URL-02--><!--END WORD2URL-02--> approval September 23, 2004

Waiting on har copy of <!--WORD2URL-01--><!--END WORD2URL-01-->NVC<!--WORD2URL-02--><!--END WORD2URL-02--> approval and receipt of packet at consulate

Called State Dept. after not hearing anything since Sept. 23: Packet reached the consulate and was kicked back for a secondary security clearance probably do to her type of employment - Waiting for clearance and for superpacket to be sent.

Superpacket sent on Oct. 5, 2004

Superpacket received on Jan 7, 2005

Arrived Apr. 23, 2006

Bio Aug 19, 2006

Work permission Sep 06

Permanent residence Oct. 5, 2006

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I brought my wife her on a K-1 visa and we just got married. When does her last name legal change to mine? Is this when she applies for SSN?

It's changed when she chooses it to be changed... The marriage certificate is proof of the name change...

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Did you get an SSN in the unmarried name or not? If you did, then taking a copy of your marriage certificate and a copy of your NOA might help (some offices will change the name others won't.) You must apply for AOS in her 'new' name (Married name) thereby her green card will be in her new name and that can then be used to change the name on SSN, driver's license etc. (if they do not change it with just the production of the marriage certificate enad NOA.) And yes you can also apply for the EAD in the new name and use that to change the names also (we didn't apply for EAD as she wasn't ready to work then.) Good Luck



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