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I am getting married overseas in December and plan to file for a CR-1 right after. As I understand my wife will need to get her name changed (using my last name) in her passport to apply for her CR-1. The challenge is she has a visitor visa and plans to visit during the wait and if her name changes, she loses the old passport and it is doubtful she would get another vistor visa after we apply for the CR-1.

Is it possible to apply for the CR-1 in the new name, and she changes her passport just before her embassy interview to her new name ? Or do I need a copy of the new passort to apply for the CR-1?

Thanks in advance for your advice

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I sent a photocopy my passport with my maiden name in initially. I have now changed my passport but as far as im aware you dont need to change it. The only time it can cause issues is when the green card is in the married name, and the passport is in the maiden name, but even then as long as you carry the marriage certificate as well when travelling youll be fine!

My vote: no need to change the passport!


Nick (USC) and Amy (UKC)

03/08 - Met at University in Albuquerque, NM

08/08 - Back to UK for a few years of travelling UK>US!

10/10 - Wedding Day!

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11/18/10: Express Mail tracking shows delivered

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11/26/10: Touched

11/29/10: NOA1 arrives!(dated as 11/18/10)

03/17/11: Touched

04/08/11: I-130 APPROVAL!!

141 days from NOA1 to NOA2

NVC

27/04/11: Emailed Choice of Agent form

~{gap as I spent the summer in England}~

03/11/11: Paid AOS and IV fees

04/11/11: AOS and IV fees shown as PAID

08/11/11: AOS Packet sent

09/11/11: IV Packet sent

18/11/11: RFE received requesting AOS packet (which had already been sent)

21/11/11: RFE received requesting 2010 tax return

22/11/11: Sent 2010 tax return

29/11/11: CASE COMPLETE!!!

26 days through NVC

EMBASSY

10/12/11: Medical @ Bentnick Mansions

30/01/12: Interview @ 9am [APPROVED!!]

01/02/12: Passport with visa inside, and medical packet arrive via courier

02/03/12: Flight to Denver!

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You do not need to have her new passport to file the I130 petition. She can keep her old one with her maiden name as long as she wants. However, it is advisable that she change it prior to the interview to help with getting her visa and green card in her married name.

I kept my maiden name in my passport until 2 weeks before my interview

Good luck


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I sent a photocopy my passport with my maiden name in initially. I have now changed my passport but as far as im aware you dont need to change it. The only time it can cause issues is when the green card is in the married name, and the passport is in the maiden name, but even then as long as you carry the marriage certificate as well when travelling youll be fine!

My vote: no need to change the passport!

Actually the GC will arrive in the name on the passport (if applying for an IR-1/CR-1). So if the passport doesn't change the GC will be in maiden name.

Edited by Vanessa&Tony

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Actually the GC will arrive in the name on the passport (if applying for an IR-1/CR-1). So if the passport doesn't change the GC will be in maiden name.

Oops! I stand corrected! :blush:


Nick (USC) and Amy (UKC)

03/08 - Met at University in Albuquerque, NM

08/08 - Back to UK for a few years of travelling UK>US!

10/10 - Wedding Day!

s88ndknc8v.png

USCIS

11/16/10: I-130 package mailed

11/18/10: Express Mail tracking shows delivered

11/23/10: Online banking shows check cleared!

11/26/10: Touched

11/29/10: NOA1 arrives!(dated as 11/18/10)

03/17/11: Touched

04/08/11: I-130 APPROVAL!!

141 days from NOA1 to NOA2

NVC

27/04/11: Emailed Choice of Agent form

~{gap as I spent the summer in England}~

03/11/11: Paid AOS and IV fees

04/11/11: AOS and IV fees shown as PAID

08/11/11: AOS Packet sent

09/11/11: IV Packet sent

18/11/11: RFE received requesting AOS packet (which had already been sent)

21/11/11: RFE received requesting 2010 tax return

22/11/11: Sent 2010 tax return

29/11/11: CASE COMPLETE!!!

26 days through NVC

EMBASSY

10/12/11: Medical @ Bentnick Mansions

30/01/12: Interview @ 9am [APPROVED!!]

01/02/12: Passport with visa inside, and medical packet arrive via courier

02/03/12: Flight to Denver!

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We were married in Moldova, and my wife kept her maiden. No problems anywhere in the CR1 process. She will be here tomorrow.


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06-20-2011 : Pay IV Bill
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09-01-2011 : NVC Left
09-06-2011 : Consulate Received
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I am getting married overseas in December and plan to file for a CR-1 right after. As I understand my wife will need to get her name changed (using my last name) in her passport to apply for her CR-1.e

Whether or not she changes her name to your last name is her choice. She does not need to change her name in order for her to apply for a CR-1 visa.


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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
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September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
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November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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We defiantly want to have same last name. The challenge is not giving up her current passport until definitely needed.

It seems she could wait until just before her interview but we should apply in her married name

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We defiantly want to have same last name. The challenge is not giving up her current passport until definitely needed.

It seems she could wait until just before her interview but we should apply in her married name

I suggest the following:

Since her passport is not needed when filing a petition, fill in her last name with her married name and use her maiden name under the "other names used" section. At the same time, she should go to the passport issuing authority for Moldova right and obtain a new passport with her married name, that way she will have it before you receive your NOA2 and the file is sent to the NVC.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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