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my wife is going to be travelling back to her country (Russia) to visit parents. she is worried about problems with her foreign passport, her new married name, and her maiden name.

from a forum she reads, they say to use her russian passport to go into russia and then green card (or AOS) to get into USA. they also say to buy the plane tickets in her maiden name, so she has no problem getting into and leaving Russia.

here are our questions:

1) will she need a marriage certificate to prove change of name when leaving Russia--they will ask why she is leaving and she will say to go to her husband, so she uses this document to prove she is married. Does she need to have it translated into English?

2) what name to write in a declaration on the wasy back to US? ie. that paper you fill out before customs.

3) how to explain to customs why tickets are in maiden name? will it make a difference?

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When you buy the airline tickets the name has to be the same as the passport.

She will need to take her marriage certificate with her as Immigration may want to see it. I am not sure about the translation of it, it might be a good idea.

On the declaration I used my married name.

Hope this helps you a little bit.


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my wife is going to be travelling back to her country (Russia) to visit parents. she is worried about problems with her foreign passport, her new married name, and her maiden name.

from a forum she reads, they say to use her russian passport to go into russia and then green card (or AOS) to get into USA. they also say to buy the plane tickets in her maiden name, so she has no problem getting into and leaving Russia.

here are our questions:

1) will she need a marriage certificate to prove change of name when leaving Russia--they will ask why she is leaving and she will say to go to her husband, so she uses this document to prove she is married. Does she need to have it translated into English?

2) what name to write in a declaration on the wasy back to US? ie. that paper you fill out before customs.

3) how to explain to customs why tickets are in maiden name? will it make a difference?

my wife travelled the same way your wife is planning to..

1) no.. her passport will get her on the plane in Russia

2) my wife put her married name

3) my wife didn't have a problem at customs


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