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Hi!

I'm back after a few years... this time is because I'm considering applying for US citizenship and I have some questions that I hope someone can help me with.

Maybe they had been answered before but...I couldn't really find a response to my question so... here I am.

I have a Spain passport and I plan on keeping my Spanish citizenship, so my name looks like this Lidia ???? !!!

My greencard has my married name and it looks like Lidia $$$

I'm confused about the options I have, as I would like to have the same name in both passports so that it does not look like a have multiple personalities.... hahaha

What should I do? For my US passport I would like to change it to Lidia ??? !!! $$$ but then... my Spanish passport would be missing the $$$ (married one).

Should I also change my name in the Spanish one?

Does it matter that it will be different?

Has anyone done this before?

I hope to have explained it right.... sorry for the ??? !!! $$$ signs....

Thank you so much!!!!!!!

Lidia :blush:


Craig and Lidia...

09/02/05 AOS APPROVED (by e-mail)

09/06/05 I-130 Approval Notice in the mail!

09/06/05 AOS Approval Notice in the mail!

09/06/05 GREENCARD received in the mail!

End of May or beggining of June 07 applied for removal of conditions...

June 4th NOA

Jan 31st 08 Got email saying my case was transfered from TSC to VSC.....will be scheduled for interview....

Feb 04 last update online.

Waiting...

07/08/08 Green card ordered! No interview!

Waiting for card...

Card arrived and done for a while...

Now: Dual citizenship?

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Lidia,

I wouldn't even know how to pronounce any of your family names, so that's a tricky one.

But seriously, and I've followed some rather interesting threads in this regard, there's nothing illegal in having two passports and two legal names IF Spain allows dual citizenship. If you were Russian, you'd be encountering problems of a different kind, but as a citizen of Spain, you could travel exclusively with your US passport.

But let's say you want to leave the US with your Spanish passport. You arrive with your Spanish passport. You would probably have to leave with your US passport when the Spanish want to see your authorization to enter the US. When you arrive you have to enter with your US passport. Since your family name is almost identical, I don't seen any problems and if there were any, you could easily clear that up.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Spain
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Thank you for the information...

I´m thinking on simply changing the US one and maybe leave the Spanish one the way it is... they would be similar enough... I guess...

I was hoping to get more answers though :-)

Thanks again!! :)

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Craig and Lidia...

09/02/05 AOS APPROVED (by e-mail)

09/06/05 I-130 Approval Notice in the mail!

09/06/05 AOS Approval Notice in the mail!

09/06/05 GREENCARD received in the mail!

End of May or beggining of June 07 applied for removal of conditions...

June 4th NOA

Jan 31st 08 Got email saying my case was transfered from TSC to VSC.....will be scheduled for interview....

Feb 04 last update online.

Waiting...

07/08/08 Green card ordered! No interview!

Waiting for card...

Card arrived and done for a while...

Now: Dual citizenship?

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The area where it might be a problem is if you use both passports for the same international trip. US law requires that you show your US passport to US officials when entering the US. I'm not sure exactly whether it's force of law or common airline policy, but the name on the passport has to match the name on the ticket. The airlines transmit electronic passenger manifests to customs officials so that they've got your name on the list before you go through customs.

If, for example, you had to use your Spanish passport to enter Spain, and your US passport to enter the US, then exactly what form of your name would you give the airlines as you purchased the ticket between the two countries?

There's probably a way to manage this, and if you only encounter reasonable and understanding people at airline counters and immigration ports, you may not have any problem in the first place. Especially if the names are closely related in an obvious way. But I suspect if you travel frequently using both passports, it'll be much simpler if both passports have exactly the same name.

You can probably change your name in your Spanish passport by going to a consulate of Spain located in the US, if you want to do that.


04 Apr, 2004: Got married

05 Apr, 2004: I-130 Sent to CSC

13 Apr, 2004: I-130 NOA 1

19 Apr, 2004: I-129F Sent to MSC

29 Apr, 2004: I-129F NOA 1

13 Aug, 2004: I-130 Approved by CSC

28 Dec, 2004: I-130 Case Complete at NVC

18 Jan, 2005: Got the visa approved in Caracas

22 Jan, 2005: Flew home together! CCS->MIA->SFO

25 May, 2005: I-129F finally approved! We won't pursue it.

8 June, 2006: Our baby girl is born!

24 Oct, 2006: Window for filing I-751 opens

25 Oct, 2006: I-751 mailed to CSC

18 Nov, 2006: I-751 NOA1 received from CSC

30 Nov, 2006: I-751 Biometrics taken

05 Apr, 2007: I-751 approved, card production ordered

23 Jan, 2008: N-400 sent to CSC via certified mail

19 Feb, 2008: N-400 Biometrics taken

27 Mar, 2008: Naturalization interview notice received (NOA2 for N-400)

30 May, 2008: Naturalization interview, passed the test!

17 June, 2008: Naturalization oath notice mailed

15 July, 2008: Naturalization oath ceremony!

16 July, 2008: Registered to vote and applied for US passport

26 July, 2008: US Passport arrived.

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The area where it might be a problem is if you use both passports for the same international trip. US law requires that you show your US passport to US officials when entering the US. I'm not sure exactly whether it's force of law or common airline policy, but the name on the passport has to match the name on the ticket. The airlines transmit electronic passenger manifests to customs officials so that they've got your name on the list before you go through customs.

If, for example, you had to use your Spanish passport to enter Spain, and your US passport to enter the US, then exactly what form of your name would you give the airlines as you purchased the ticket between the two countries?

There's probably a way to manage this, and if you only encounter reasonable and understanding people at airline counters and immigration ports, you may not have any problem in the first place. Especially if the names are closely related in an obvious way. But I suspect if you travel frequently using both passports, it'll be much simpler if both passports have exactly the same name.

You can probably change your name in your Spanish passport by going to a consulate of Spain located in the US, if you want to do that.

My wife, who is the US citizen, will have the same problem.

She applied for Italian citizenship through marriage and she will get it sometimes next year.

Italy does not allow name change through marriage, so her Italian passport will be in her maiden name (they go by the name on the birth certificate).

However they have a nice feature on page 4 which gives the option to put a note "married XXXXXXXX", where XXXXX is her married last name.

That way there shouldn't be any problem. Also, if you carry both passports with you, it is self-explanatory.


AOS:

RD: 6/21/06

Biometrics: 7/25/06

ID: 10/24/06 - Approved

Conditional GC Received: 11/3/06

I-751

RD: 7/31/08

NOA 1: 8/6/08

Biometrics: 8/26/08

Transferred to CSC: 2/25/09

Approved: 4/23/09 (email received)

Card mailed: 4/28/09 (email received)

Card Received: 5/1/09

N-400

RD & PD: 7/28/09

NOA 1: 8/1/09

Biometric appt: 8/12/09

Interview Letter received: 10/02/09 (notice dated 09/29)

Interview Date: 11/10/09 at Federal Plaza in Manhattan

Oath Letter: 11/10/09

Oath Date: 11/13/09 - Special ceremony at USS Intrepid - Done - USC

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But seriously, and I've followed some rather interesting threads in this regard, there's nothing illegal in having two passports and two legal names IF Spain allows dual citizenship. If you were Russian, you'd be encountering problems of a different kind, but as a citizen of Spain, you could travel exclusively with your US passport.

Just Bob, what kind of problems a Russian with two legal names could encounter? Thank you.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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Hi!

I'm back after a few years... this time is because I'm considering applying for US citizenship and I have some questions that I hope someone can help me with.

Maybe they had been answered before but...I couldn't really find a response to my question so... here I am.

I have a Spain passport and I plan on keeping my Spanish citizenship, so my name looks like this Lidia ???? !!!

My greencard has my married name and it looks like Lidia $$$

I'm confused about the options I have, as I would like to have the same name in both passports so that it does not look like a have multiple personalities.... hahaha

What should I do? For my US passport I would like to change it to Lidia ??? !!! $$$ but then... my Spanish passport would be missing the $$$ (married one).

Should I also change my name in the Spanish one?

Does it matter that it will be different?

Has anyone done this before?

I hope to have explained it right.... sorry for the ??? !!! $$$ signs....

Thank you so much!!!!!!!

Lidia :blush:

I think the safest way is for you to have your married name on both passports.


12/29/2007 Got married in the Philippines
03/28/2008 Got 10yr B1/B2 visa
04/12/2008 Arrived in US under B1/B2 visa
08/06/2008 Filed I-539 visa extension
10/23/2008 I-539 approved
02/23/2009 USC wife filed I-130 Chicago Lockbox
02/26/2009 I-130 delivered to Chicago Lockbox
02/27/2009 Medical exam I-693
03/01/2009 Negative result on TB skin test
03/04/2009 I-130 received by California Service Center
03/05/2009 Check cashed by USCIS
03/06/2009 Medical Exam form I-693 released by civil surgeon
03/07/2009 NOA Receipt Notice for I-130
03/14/2009 Mailed I-485, I-864, I-693, I-765 & I-131 thru USPS
03/16/2009 "The Package" delivered to Chicago Lockbox
03/16/2009 I-94 expired after 11 months since arrival
03/25/2009 Check cashed by USCIS
03/26/2009 Received NOA for I-485, I-765, I-131
03/28/2009 Received notice for Biometrics Appointment (April 9)
04/02/2009 Approval Notice for I-130 received
04/09/2009 Biometrics done
05/07/2009 Received Advance Parole Document
05/08/2009 Received Interview Letter
05/09/2009 Received EAD card
05/11/2009 Applied for SSN
05/16/2009 Received SSN
06/23/2009 AOS interview approved
06/27/2009 Welcome Letter received
07/05/2009 Green Card received
06/01/2011 Mailed I-751 Form
06/07/2011 Received NOA for I-751
07/11/2011 Biometrics Done

03/19/2015 Mailed N-400

03/30/2015 NOA Received

04/15/2015 Biometrics Appointment

06/23/2015 Interview

07/22/2015 Oath Ceremony

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Such a country dependent question, check with your consulate. In our case, the Venezuelan Consulate in Chicago renewed my wife's passport in her maiden name as that is the name on her Venezuelan ID. And they wanted us to register our US marriage with an aposttile from the secretary of our state on our marriage certificate with Venezuela, then they put a stamp on the very first blank page of her new passport showing her married name. With that stamp, had no problem with her maiden name passport and the stamp when we used her married name to buy our airline tickets. I had no problems flying into either Colombia or Venezuela with a US passport, not like my wife to be was coming here with all those checks and that I-94 stamp with limits on her stay. They just looked at my passport and said welcome to either country. Could have stayed down there forever.

Wasn't strip searched either the many times I went down to either country like they strip searched my wife when she came here. Yeah, we get plenty of drugs in this country, but the kind that make our leaders rich, they don't want individuals cutting in on their market. Only problem I have entering those countries is getting past the mass of cab drivers trying to grab my luggage from my hands, but fortunately the English word, "NO" is the same in Spanish. Our luggage isn't inspected either like it is coming back here, even with a US passport. Thought about bringing in empty suitcases to make their job easier, are you trying to smugger something into this country? Yeah, suitcases.

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