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Applying for AOS in Married Name or Maiden Name?

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Egypt
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Hello everyone,

We recently got married and are now in the process of preparing for AOS. We went to the SS Office the next day we got married to apply for my SSN and on the SSN form I changed my last name to my husband's. Now I am confused about a few things:

- Should we wait until my SSN card arrives to send the AOS packet? [While applying for my SSN, the system found an error on my birth date due to the immigration officer's mistake. We were told that we might have to wait about a month until we receive the card in the mail.]

- Should we fill out the AOS forms in maiden name (the name on my passport and all our K-1 papers) or my married name?

- When I go back to Egypt, do I have to change my last name officially to my husband's as well? Would there be any trouble later in the future if I do not do so?

Thanks in advance!

Aya


ROC Timeline

8/1/12: ROC window opens
9/4/12: ROC packet sent
9/8/12: ROC packet delivered to VSC
9/12/12: Check cashed
9/14/12: NOA letter received (NOA dated 9/10/12)
9/20/12: Biometrics letter received (Bio appointment 10/15/12)
10/12/12: Early biometrics walk-in

4/27/13: RFE received

6/17/13: RFE response sent

7/1/13: ROC petition approved

7/5/13: GC received in the mail.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Australia
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Whatever you want your name to be on your green card, that is the name you put on your AOS. I took my husbands last name, but my first and middle names stayed the same. So, I put my new name on the AOS application. When you file AOS, you include a marriage certificate, so USCIS can see the link between your old and new names.

You do not need to wait for you SS card to be in the mail before you file. Some people don't even have a SS number when they file for AOS. If you have a SS number, you can put that down, but the actual card is not needed.

As for changing your name in your home country.....it would make sense to have your name the same both at home and in the US. I will be doing a legal name change in Australia very soon so that my married name is my legal name everywhere. Plus, I have to do a legal name change in order to get a new passport in my married name. It is up to you, and is also dependent on what the laws of your home country say.


Married February 20, 2010

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Naturalized Citizen January 14, 2014

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Haiti
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DITTO. you don't have to wait. i say your marriage name because you already changed your name. and as for changing your name in your country, it's up to you. is it really a big deal? i didn't know you could get in trouble for not doing so

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Egypt
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Thank you ladies!

Aya


ROC Timeline

8/1/12: ROC window opens
9/4/12: ROC packet sent
9/8/12: ROC packet delivered to VSC
9/12/12: Check cashed
9/14/12: NOA letter received (NOA dated 9/10/12)
9/20/12: Biometrics letter received (Bio appointment 10/15/12)
10/12/12: Early biometrics walk-in

4/27/13: RFE received

6/17/13: RFE response sent

7/1/13: ROC petition approved

7/5/13: GC received in the mail.

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