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K-1 visa holder, just married and starting with AOS

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Hi Everyone:

I got married 2 weeks ago and next week i am picking up my marriage certificate.

I am reading the AOS guide and I have some questions.

I am not sure about changing my name yet but i want to start AOS as soon as possible.

Since they never asked me if i wanted to change my name when we requested the marriage license I am prety sure that my name it is not change on my marriage certificate, I already have a social security card (wich i got years ago when i was in USA before with a J-1 visa) but it shows my name when i was single and it also states that i can work only with DHS authorization.

If i do want to change my last name to my husband name, do i have to get a court order showing that i'm legally changing my name? or i have to change my name in my social security card in order to file for AOS??

If i want to keep my single last name but in the future i want to change it to my husband name.. what i have to do? sent a request to the uscis with my marriage certificate asking to change my name in my green card?

Now i also thinking in having my single name on my green card and my passport and have my husband last name in all my other documents like social security card, driver license, bank account, ect..

can i file for AOS with my single name (to have my passport and my green card with my single name) and have my husband last name on my driver license, social security card and bank accounts,ect..??

:help:

Edited by elianalovesmatt

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02-03-2011 - I-129F sent

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02-10-2011 - NOA1 (Email-message)

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09-22-2011- POE

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AOS

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01-20-2012- AOS package sent

01-23-2012- AOS package received by USCIS

01-27-2012- NOA1 (email)

02-01-2012- NOA 1 (Hard-Copy Received)

02-07-2012- Biometrics Appointment Notice Received

02-13-2012- Email saying case was transferred to another office(Waiting for the hard copy to see where it was sent)

02-17-2012- Hard-Copy received- AOS transferred to CSC

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03-13-2012- Biometrics Retaken due to they didn't take right my fingerprints.

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If you want to keep your maiden name then you can keep it, no problem. You can always change it later. If you decided to change it to your husband's name then simply file AOS in your married name and your GC will have married name on it.

Now i also thinking in having my single name on my green card and my passport and have my husband last name in all my other documents like social security card, driver license, bank account, ect..

can i file for AOS with my single name (to have my passport and my green card with my single name) and have my husband last name on my driver license, social security card and bank accounts,ect..??

:help:

That is not a good idea and could bring a lot of trouble. All your documents in the US (SSN, driver license etc) should match your GC. You should decide to either keep your maiden name or take your husband's last name and have all your documents in that name.


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K1: June 2010 - December 2010

AOS: April 2011 - June 2011

ROC: April 2013 - August 2013

Naturalization: March 2014 - August 2014

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1. If i do want to change my last name to my husband name, do i have to get a court order showing that i'm legally changing my name?

1a or i have to change my name in my social security card in order to file for AOS??

2 If i want to keep my single last name but in the future i want to change it to my husband name.. what i have to do?

2a sent a request to the uscis with my marriage certificate asking to change my name in my green card?

Now i also thinking in having my single name on my green card and my passport and have my husband last name in all my other documents like social security card, driver license, bank account, ect etc..

3 can i file for AOS with my single name (to have my passport and my green card with my single name) and have my husband last name on my driver license, social security card and bank accounts,ect etc..??

1. No. By virtue of marriage you're able to change your last name to his, or hyphenate your name with his

1a. Doesn't matter what your SSN says, won't affect your GC

2. If you file AOS in your maiden name you will have to pay $500+ to change your GC at a later date, or do it at ROC or naturalization

2a. Yes, you'd file the I-90 and pay the fee, or wait for ROC or naturalization

3. You can file in your maiden name if you want but having the different documents will be way too confusing in my opinion. If you want to do it that way some people have but I wouldn't. Your GC is your legal name in the US.

Edited by Vanessa&Tony

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