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My wife lives in US for more than a month. She received her SSN in 2 weeks, and her Green card yesterday (1month and 4 days).

Here are the problems with her name, SSN, and Green Card.

Her full name in Vietnamese is = Tran Thi Be Map : Tran = Last Name, Thi = Middle Name, and Be Map = First Name.

On her SSN is only shows her first and last name = Map Tran (should be Be Map, Tran)

On the top of her GC shows Map, Tran T. and on the bottom with her full name: Tran<<Map<<Thi<<Be.

My Question is should I call USCIS to get her name change? To Be-Map, T. Tran

How long will it take to have her name change, and how much does it costs?

If I am not changing her name, will this be an issue when she becoming an US Citizens in 5 years, and if she decides to sponsor her parent. Because the name on her Green Card doesn’t match with her real name in Vietnamese. Tran Thi Be Map.

If anyone run into this problem before please share your experienced with me.

Thank you for your help.

p.s. My wife wants to attend college after 1 year. We want to make sure all her name is spell correct with all the paperwork.


I-130 Journey

USCIS

06-15-2008 : Marriage

08-16-2008 : I-130 Sent

08-18-2008 : I-130 Received

08-22-2008 : I-130 NOA1

02-02-2009 : I-130 NOA2 Approved 164 days from NOA1

NVC

02-04-2009 : Visited my wife for 2 weeks. 02-22-2009 come back to US

02-11-2009 : Received package from NVC

02-23-2009 : AOS Paid $70 (Online)

02-23-2009 : DS-3032 sent (by email)

02-25-2009 : Payment Received from my bank (AOS)

03-04-2009 : NVC has received the Choice of Agent DS-3032 (Online)

03-04-2009 : IV Application Processing Fees $400 (Online)

03-05-2009 : Payment Received from my bank (IV APS)

03-07-2009 : DS-230, and I-864 Sent (by USPS)

03-12-2009 : USPS confirm arrived at NVC for DS-230, & I-864

03-13-2009 : NVC received DS-230, & I-864 (Case in progress)

03-20-2009 : NVC case completed in 1 week NVC completed 03-20-2009.

04-02-2009 : NVC Left to HCM city

04-22-2009 : Medical Passed

05-12-2009 : Received a package IV from HCM Consulate by email

05-18-2009 : My wife got Pink.. yeah..

05-26-2009 : Visa received

06-18-2009 : US Entry!!! Yeah, my wife finally here.

06-29-2009 : Received SSN from snail mail

07-20-2009 : Green card received by mail

09-15-2009 : Writting test from DVM.

11-03-2009 : Driving Test.

01-20-2010 : Working.

04-20-2011 : Submit I751

04-26-2011 : Received I-797 NOA with Receipt Number

05-11-2011 : Received ASC Appointment Notice

06-03-2011 : Biometrics Apts @ 11:00 AM

10-11-2011 : Submit more evidence.

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My wife lives in US for more than a month. She received her SSN in 2 weeks, and her Green card yesterday (1month and 4 days).

Here are the problems with her name, SSN, and Green Card.

Her full name in Vietnamese is = Tran Thi Be Map : Tran = Last Name, Thi = Middle Name, and Be Map = First Name.

On her SSN is only shows her first and last name = Map Tran (should be Be Map, Tran)

On the top of her GC shows Map, Tran T. and on the bottom with her full name: Tran<<Map<<Thi<<Be.

My Question is should I call USCIS to get her name change? To Be-Map, T. Tran

How long will it take to have her name change, and how much does it costs?

If I am not changing her name, will this be an issue when she becoming an US Citizens in 5 years, and if she decides to sponsor her parent. Because the name on her Green Card doesn’t match with her real name in Vietnamese. Tran Thi Be Map.

If anyone run into this problem before please share your experienced with me.

Thank you for your help.

p.s. My wife wants to attend college after 1 year. We want to make sure all her name is spell correct with all the paperwork.

Okay, this is what I understand from your wife Green card, Last name: Map, Firstname: Tran, Middle name: T. If its the way like this, you're better go to the INS local office and ask them fix it. Her Green card should be like this: Tran, BeMap Thi. Better do it now.


Second K1: I-129F Timeline

--------------------

Sept 15, 2007: I-129F sent to VSC

Sept 24, 2007: NOA1 hard copy received

Jan 25, 2008: Approved

Feb 01, 2008: NOA2 hard copy received

April 24, 20008: Interviewed

May 06, 2008: Received Visa

May 11, 2008: Entry to US "Chicago"

May 15, 2008: Registered Marriage's license

Sept 19, 2008: Received Green Card w/o interview

=========================

***Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

June 19,2010 - I751 Package sent to VSC

June 28,2010 - Received NOA1

July 07, 2010 - Biometrics appt

August 09, 2010 - Approved w/o Interview

August 19, 2010 - 10 Year Green Card Received

++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Feb 2012 - Received U.S Citizenship

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Filed: Timeline

All Vnese females with 4-word names will face this same problem.

Please read so you won't ask the same ? again in the future in regards to this issue. ALL US legal documents will follow exactly what the name was shown on the issued Visa.

That means her name will be in the following format: Last, First then the "THI", which is very common for Vnese names,then last but not least her real middle name.

She has to wait until the day she becomes the US citizen to make correction to her name the way she desires. That will save her lots of headaches while doing paperwork with USCIS. Trust me, take my advice on this.


Just remember, life over there in VN is NOT real! Your money will be worth a LOT less once you get back over here. Back to reality, cowboy!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
Timeline

with 4 word names, before filling 129k form i just want to make sure... her FIRST = Dung, MIDDLE = Thi Ngoc, LAST = Tran. Can i just put her FIRST = Ngoc , MIDDLE = Thi, LAST = Tran ?

As you all know, the letter D in vietnamese is pronounce like a Z in english. however i'm afraid once she's in the US people will have a hard time pronouncing her name. She will be called "Dung" and ladies and gentleman that's animal manure. i really hate the thought of my lovely fiance's name being butchered. Can i omit her first name DUNG to her middle name NGOC? and make sure i put DUNG as previous name used? please any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

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with 4 word names, before filling 129k form i just want to make sure... her FIRST = Dung, MIDDLE = Thi Ngoc, LAST = Tran. Can i just put her FIRST = Ngoc , MIDDLE = Thi, LAST = Tran ?

As you all know, the letter D in vietnamese is pronounce like a Z in english. however i'm afraid once she's in the US people will have a hard time pronouncing her name. She will be called "Dung" and ladies and gentleman that's animal manure. i really hate the thought of my lovely fiance's name being butchered. Can i omit her first name DUNG to her middle name NGOC? and make sure i put DUNG as previous name used? please any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

From my experience,

1. Last: Tran, First: NgocDung, Middle: Thi. So it will be on the 129-F.... Tran, NgocDung Thi or NgocDung Thi Tran

It took me at least a month and half to correct my wife name at court before I applied for the AOS.


Second K1: I-129F Timeline

--------------------

Sept 15, 2007: I-129F sent to VSC

Sept 24, 2007: NOA1 hard copy received

Jan 25, 2008: Approved

Feb 01, 2008: NOA2 hard copy received

April 24, 20008: Interviewed

May 06, 2008: Received Visa

May 11, 2008: Entry to US "Chicago"

May 15, 2008: Registered Marriage's license

Sept 19, 2008: Received Green Card w/o interview

=========================

***Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

June 19,2010 - I751 Package sent to VSC

June 28,2010 - Received NOA1

July 07, 2010 - Biometrics appt

August 09, 2010 - Approved w/o Interview

August 19, 2010 - 10 Year Green Card Received

++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Feb 2012 - Received U.S Citizenship

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with 4 word names, before filling 129k form i just want to make sure... her FIRST = Dung, MIDDLE = Thi Ngoc, LAST = Tran. Can i just put her FIRST = Ngoc , MIDDLE = Thi, LAST = Tran ?

As you all know, the letter D in vietnamese is pronounce like a Z in english. however i'm afraid once she's in the US people will have a hard time pronouncing her name. She will be called "Dung" and ladies and gentleman that's animal manure. i really hate the thought of my lovely fiance's name being butchered. Can i omit her first name DUNG to her middle name NGOC? and make sure i put DUNG as previous name used? please any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

A.J. From what I understand how 4 words name in Vnese. Here's my advices for you before you are running the same problem with me.

first = Dung, middle = Thi-Ngoc, and last = Tran, put a dash in between Thi and Ngoc, so USCIS will know that her middle name. So, your finacee name will be Dung, T. Tran. Don't just change her name in an order will screws up your application.

I never know I should put my wife name, Be-Map together, so the 2 words will be a full first name. I call up USCIS to get her name change. It's a long process that I have to wait. The waiting period for name change will take 6-9 months. I have a friend of mine, his wife have 4 words. A B C D. A = last, B and C middle, and D is first. her Greencard come out to be. A, B, and C. no D. D is her first name. took her 6-9 months to get her name change. I sure take advice from Que, just wait till my wife becoming an USC, and get her name change at the same time.


I-130 Journey

USCIS

06-15-2008 : Marriage

08-16-2008 : I-130 Sent

08-18-2008 : I-130 Received

08-22-2008 : I-130 NOA1

02-02-2009 : I-130 NOA2 Approved 164 days from NOA1

NVC

02-04-2009 : Visited my wife for 2 weeks. 02-22-2009 come back to US

02-11-2009 : Received package from NVC

02-23-2009 : AOS Paid $70 (Online)

02-23-2009 : DS-3032 sent (by email)

02-25-2009 : Payment Received from my bank (AOS)

03-04-2009 : NVC has received the Choice of Agent DS-3032 (Online)

03-04-2009 : IV Application Processing Fees $400 (Online)

03-05-2009 : Payment Received from my bank (IV APS)

03-07-2009 : DS-230, and I-864 Sent (by USPS)

03-12-2009 : USPS confirm arrived at NVC for DS-230, & I-864

03-13-2009 : NVC received DS-230, & I-864 (Case in progress)

03-20-2009 : NVC case completed in 1 week NVC completed 03-20-2009.

04-02-2009 : NVC Left to HCM city

04-22-2009 : Medical Passed

05-12-2009 : Received a package IV from HCM Consulate by email

05-18-2009 : My wife got Pink.. yeah..

05-26-2009 : Visa received

06-18-2009 : US Entry!!! Yeah, my wife finally here.

06-29-2009 : Received SSN from snail mail

07-20-2009 : Green card received by mail

09-15-2009 : Writting test from DVM.

11-03-2009 : Driving Test.

01-20-2010 : Working.

04-20-2011 : Submit I751

04-26-2011 : Received I-797 NOA with Receipt Number

05-11-2011 : Received ASC Appointment Notice

06-03-2011 : Biometrics Apts @ 11:00 AM

10-11-2011 : Submit more evidence.

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