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hi everyone,

quick question. i've found info about female visa recipients changing their name after marriage, but this is about my fiance (male). we've filed the I-129F and are waiting for our NOA2.

to make a long story short, his mother changed his surname to his stepfather's name when he was 11, against his will. he would like to take back his biological father's surname and would prefer to do so before we get married so that his original surname is reflected on our marriage certificate, etc. this is very important to him, but we also want to do this when it will cause the least amount of hassle and/or delay. he is planning on asking this question when he gets to the embassy in sydney, but i wanted to run it by you all as well. i would imagine that changing his name before being issued his visa will delay the process, and we want to avoid that so he can get here as quickly as possible. but is it possible for him to change his name AFTER he gets here without causing an inordinate amount of hassle with his paperwork, or is it even legal for him to do so? if it is, would he go about it like anyone else, by filing paperwork with the courthouse, or is that option only for residents/citizens? or, can we both just do it at the time of our marriage?

thanks in advance.


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I seem to have loved you in infinite forms, infinite times,

in life after life, in age after age forever.

~ Rabindarath Tagore

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3/27/08: I-129F sent

3/31/08: Received at CSC

4/1/08: NOA1

4/3/08: Check cashed

4/4/08: touched (i.e., moved to a cobwebby corner of the basement to be gnawed apart by rats)

7/31/08: NOA2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

8/19/08: Packet 3 received

9/4/08: medical

9/8/08: Packet 3 sent to embassy

9/23/08: interview...APPROVED!!!! WOOOHOOO!!

9/25/08: visa in hand...wow, that was fast!

10/5/08: entry into U.S.

12/12/08: our wedding! :)

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hi everyone,

quick question. i've found info about female visa recipients changing their name after marriage, but this is about my fiance (male). we've filed the I-129F and are waiting for our NOA2.

to make a long story short, his mother changed his surname to his stepfather's name when he was 11, against his will. he would like to take back his biological father's surname and would prefer to do so before we get married so that his original surname is reflected on our marriage certificate, etc. this is very important to him, but we also want to do this when it will cause the least amount of hassle and/or delay. he is planning on asking this question when he gets to the embassy in sydney, but i wanted to run it by you all as well. i would imagine that changing his name before being issued his visa will delay the process, and we want to avoid that so he can get here as quickly as possible. but is it possible for him to change his name AFTER he gets here without causing an inordinate amount of hassle with his paperwork, or is it even legal for him to do so? if it is, would he go about it like anyone else, by filing paperwork with the courthouse, or is that option only for residents/citizens? or, can we both just do it at the time of our marriage?

thanks in advance.

Your husband will get a chance to change his name when he is going through naturalization process (getting his US citizenship). They will ask him at the interview if he would like to change his name and if he does they do it for him through a judge.


K-3 Visa

Event Date

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Ukraine

Marriage :

I-130 Sent : 2007-12-04

I-130 NOA1 : 2008-02-03

I-129F Sent : 2008-02-05

I-129F NOA1 : 2008-02-11

I-129F RFE(s) :

RFE Reply(s) :

I-129F NOA2 : 2008-06-24

NVC Received : 2008-07-01

NVC Left : 2008-07-02

Consulate Received : 2008-07-07

Packet 3 Received :

Packet 3 Sent :

Packet 4 Received : 2008-07-07

Interview Date : 2008-08-20

Visa Received : 2008-08-22

US Entry : 2008-08-27

I-130 Approval : 2008-05-24

Comments :

Processing

Estimates/Stats : Your I-129f was approved in 134 days from your NOA1 date.

Your I-130 was approved in 111 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 199 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review

Event Date

Port of Entry : Chicago

POE Date : 2008-08-27

Got EAD Stamp : No

Biometrics Taken : No

Harassment Level : 0

Comments :

Adjustment of Status

Event Date

CIS Office : Kansas City MO

Date Filed : 2009-05-18

NOA Date : 2009-05-26

RFE(s) :

Bio. Appt. : 2009-06-16

AOS Transfer** :

Interview Date :

Approval / Denial Date :

Approved :

Got I551 Stamp :

Greencard Received:

Comments :

Employment Authorization Document

Event Date

CIS Office : Chicago National Office

Filing Method : Mail

Filing Instance : First

Date Filed : 2009-05-18

NOA Date : 2009-05-26

RFE(s) :

Bio. Appt. : 2009-06-16

Approved Date : 2009-06-24

Date Card Received :

Comments :

Processing

Estimates/Stats : Your EAD was approved in 37 days.

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Your husband will get a chance to change his name when he is going through naturalization process (getting his US citizenship). They will ask him at the interview if he would like to change his name and if he does they do it for him through a judge.

i see. however, citizenship is years away. we wanted to do it sooner, if possible.


~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

I seem to have loved you in infinite forms, infinite times,

in life after life, in age after age forever.

~ Rabindarath Tagore

.png

3/27/08: I-129F sent

3/31/08: Received at CSC

4/1/08: NOA1

4/3/08: Check cashed

4/4/08: touched (i.e., moved to a cobwebby corner of the basement to be gnawed apart by rats)

7/31/08: NOA2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

8/19/08: Packet 3 received

9/4/08: medical

9/8/08: Packet 3 sent to embassy

9/23/08: interview...APPROVED!!!! WOOOHOOO!!

9/25/08: visa in hand...wow, that was fast!

10/5/08: entry into U.S.

12/12/08: our wedding! :)

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Before naturalization, he would have to deal with the Aussie authorities for a name change so that he can get an updated passport.

Your husband will get a chance to change his name when he is going through naturalization process (getting his US citizenship). They will ask him at the interview if he would like to change his name and if he does they do it for him through a judge.

i see. however, citizenship is years away. we wanted to do it sooner, if possible.


03/12/2007 - Married to my beautiful wife

04/16/2007 - Sent I-130 to VSC via USPS Express Mail

05/12/2007 - NOA1 received by snail mail after a loooong wait

05/14/2007 - Sent I-129F for K3 to Chicago Lockbox via USPS Express Mail

10/22/2007 - I129F APPROVED (161 days), I130 APPROVED (188 days)

11/08/2007 - I129F received at NVC, embassy case number generated.

11/13/2007 - I129F forwarded to embassy.

11/18/2007 - 129F petition received at embassy

01/09/2008 - finally, DOS gives me the interview date, April 16, 2007 (ouch)

01/23/2008 - never got packet 4, emailed embassy

04/11/2008 - picked up packet 4, did medical

04/14/2008 - medical report pickup, no problems

04/16/2008 - interview date- APPROVED!!!!!

04/18/2008 - both of us are home at last, POE JFK!

05/21/2008 - sent AOS and EAD

05/27/2008 - received NOA1 for AOS and for EAD

06/02/2008 - received Biometrics appt letter

06/19/2008 - Biometrics appointment scheduled - DONE

06/19/2008 - both AOS and EAD touched because of biometrics

07/29/2008 - EAD approved.

05/13/2009 - AOS Interview - APPROVED!/ Card production ordered email

05/18/2009 - Welcome Letter received

06/12/2009 - Second card production ordered email

06/19/2009 - Approval notice send email

06/22/2009 - Green Card received

04/09/2012 - Applied for Citizenship by Express Mailing N400 to NBC

04/10/2012 - N400 received by USCIS

06/23/2012 - Biometrics appointment

07/27/2012 - Appointment scheduled for N400 interview

09/05/2012 - Interview passed, oath ceremony completed, and Naturalization certificate received.

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