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My wife and I were married on June 27th of this year, she has been in the country about 45 days. We recieved certified copies of our marriage certificate and are preparing to submit the AOS, AP, EAD forms. She already has a SS card from when she was an Au Pair.

My question is about her last name. We both want her to take my last name. I've read some things saying that the marriage certificate is legal proof of a name change even if it does not list her as having my name (which it does not...list only her maiden name). Do I file all the documents listing her last name as my last name, use her maiden name for all the forms, or use her first/my last and put her maiden name in the "other names" box?

Or should we try to go to a SS office and get a new SS card before we file any forms?

If someone can give me a little guidance I would appreciate it.

Thanks,

Joe


Timeline:

11/05/07 - Met Online

11/17/07 - First Date (Day after my birthday...went really well!)

03/24/08 - J1 Visa Expired...She had to go back to Thailand

04/24/08 - First Trip to Thailand (Chaing Mai) to met her Family

05/01/08 - Got Engaged after Doing some Convincing with her Family

05/02/08 - Left Thailand...very sad...

09/02/08 - Mailed I-129F Packet UPS Next Day Air

09/03/08 - Package Delivered 10:19 AM Signed for by "Stanley"

09/04/08 - Check Cashed

09/08/08 - Received NOA1

09/24/08 - Second Trip to Thailand (Bangkok)

01/16/09 - Received NOA2

01/23/09 - Received Letter from State Departemnt NVC

01/28/09 - Peach Received Packet 3

02/07/09 - Third Trip to Thailand (Bangkok and Chaing Rai)

02/16/09 - Left Thailand alone for the third time...

03/02/09 - Mailed in Packet 3 (make sure you get your police document ahead of time)

03/13/09 - Peach Received Packet 4

03/30/09 - Interview at Bangkok Embassy

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I have exaclty the same question. Any advice, please?


ROC

09-10-2011 : ROC package sent

09-13-2011 : Check Cashed

09-17-2011 : NOA received

10-24-2011: Biometrics appointment

07-02-2012: Application Accepted

07-10-2012: Greencard Received!!

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AOS from H1B

Timeline:

08/29/09 ----- AOS Package Mailed (I-130, I-485, I-765 & I-131)

08/31/09 ----- Package delivered in Chicago

09/04/09 ----- Checks cashed

09/11/09 ----- Received all 4 NOA´s (Dated 09/04/09)

09/14/09 ----- Received Biometrics Letter for I-485 & I-765 (Appointment: 10/08/09)

10/08/09 ----- Biometrics Appointment Done

10/08/09 ----- AP Approval Notice and EAD Card Production Ordered sent

10/16/09 ----- AP received

10/17/09 ----- EAD received

11/05/09 ----- Interview Appointment Received - Interview on 12/10/09

12/10/09 ----- Interview Approved!!Card production ordered.

12/14/09 ----- Welcome Letter Received

12/22/09 ----- GC Received!!

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Hi,

Write the name that you guys want her to have on the forms for AOS.

After she gets the work permit go to Sosial Security and change name on social security card ( background checks and so on need to have name correspond to SSN)

That is what you need to do, the immigration service takes care of this :)

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