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I received my EAD Card yesterday. I was very excited until I seen the picture they used. I purposely made the guy at Wal-Greens retake my passport photo until I liked it just so my card would have a nice picture on it and they used the one from the Biometrics appointment :( Oh Well, I'm just happy I have it and I can get back to work.

Now that I have my EAD card, do I need to go back to the Social Security Office to have my current Social Security Number updated with my married name or do I do this when I get my green card?

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Cora


AOS TIMELINE

Jun.07.2006- We Got Married

Jul.07.2006 - Sent I-485 [AOS] and I-765 [EAD] to Chicago

Jul.17.2006 - NOA1 Received for AOS & EAD <Letter dated July 13, 2006>

Jul.25.2006 - Biometrics appointment letter received

Aug.02.2006 - Biometrics appointment date for AOS & EAD <in Philadelphia>

Aug.19.2006 - "Touched" <90 days since arriving in the US>

Sep.18.2006 - I-765 EAD "Touched"

Sep.19.2006 - I-485 Transferred to CSC

Sep.20.2006 - I-765 EAD APPROVED!!

Sep.21.2006 - I-485 Case received by CSC

Sep.26.2006 - I-765 Received EAD Card

Sep.29.2006 - I-485 Received email stating Welcome Notice was sent Sep.28

Oct.03.2006 - I-485 Received email stating that my case has been approved :)

Oct.06.2007 - I-485 Received green card

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Kevin & Cora

You can have your card updated now with your married name. If you are going to use your married name from now on (which I presume you will be), you should get your SS card updated as soon as possible to avoid any unnecessary problems with job applications etc.

If you write your married name on job application(s), bank account application(s) etc. and your SS card shows your maiden name, it will likely raise questions and you will have to carry your marriage certificate everytime you make an application.

If your SS card says "Valid for work only with DHS authorization" then it can be removed only after you get the green card. Please note that SS card replacements are limited BUT legal name changes and changes in your immigration status do NOT count towards these limits.

IMO, get the card updated to reflect the name that you will be using for the rest of your life.

Jahan.


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If your SS card says "Valid for work only with DHS authorization" then it can be removed only after you get the green card. Please note that SS card replacements are limited BUT legal name changes and changes in your immigration status do NOT count towards these limits.

Hell you are allowed 3 per year and 10 lifetime, so I would hope she wouldn't need 10 SSN cards during her life whether the name change counts against the 10 or not. I'm 49 and have the same card I was issued at age 15.

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I received my EAD Card yesterday. I was very excited until I seen the picture they used. I purposely made the guy at Wal-Greens retake my passport photo until I liked it just so my card would have a nice picture on it and they used the one from the Biometrics appointment :( Oh Well, I'm just happy I have it and I can get back to work.

Now that I have my EAD card, do I need to go back to the Social Security Office to have my current Social Security Number updated with my married name or do I do this when I get my green card?

Go into your local SSA office with your marriage certificate and EAD card.

The applicant may submit either:

-- One legal name change document showing both the old and new names

(e.g., a court order for a name change or a marriage document). The

document must also show either (1) a description or photograph of

the person or (2) biographical information that can be compared with

the Numident data; or

-- When the name change document does not show either a photograph of

the person or biographical information that can be compared with the

Numident data, then, in addition to the name change document, the

applicant must also submit two acceptable identity documents. One

of the submitted identity documents must show the old name (the name

on the latest SSN record) AND the other submitted identity

document must show the new name (the name to be shown on the

corrected SSN card). The identity documents submitted must show

either a photograph of the applicant or provide biographical

information that can be compared with the Numident (SSN record)

data.

In all 50 U.S. States (this means the 50 States, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) the bride may take her husband's last name (surname or family name) as her new last name. (EXAMPLE: Jane Doe married John Jones and she may change her name to Jane Jones.)

Interim Guidance: If the bride wants to take her husband’s last name, accept the marriage document as a legal name change for the bride if the new name can be derived from the marriage document; even if the marriage document only shows each partner’s first names, the bride’s prior surname and husband’s surname.

Note: For a marriage document or marriage record to be acceptable as an identity document it must show, in addition to the applicant’s name, either the applicant’s age, date of birth or parents’ names and the marriage document alone can be accepted as evidence of identity for both the old and new names when it meets this standard.

When issuing immigration documents, the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security issue them in the person’s legal name. The legal name is also generally the name in which the foreign passport was issued.

In cases where an alien applies for a replacement SSN card and submits an immigration document showing a name that is different from the name on the prior Numident record, accept the immigration document as evidence of the legal name. In these cases, the prior SSN card may have been issued in a name that was not the NH’s legal name

This is in addition to proof of current lawful employment authorized status.

You can find detailed information regarding changing SSN record (Numident) data on our Website at:

http://policy.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0100203210

When an alien requests an SSN or replacement/corrected SSN card, SSA will verify his or her documents and current status with the appropriate Bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. If verification is not available through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) system, SSA will send Form G-845 for manual verification.

RM 00203.720 Verifying Immigration Documents:

http://policy.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0100203720

Note: If the applicant has changed his/her name after an immigration document, i.e. I-94, was issued, e.g., married and is now using the married name, but has not obtained a corrected immigration document showing the new name; this is not a name discrepancy for enumeration purposes, i.e. SAVE clearance, if the applicant can provide an acceptable legal name change document to establish the new name.

The 14 day status expiration limit for assigning an SSN and/or issuing a card applies even if an individual submitted his or her application before being within the 14 day period and entered the 14 day period while waiting for his or her status to be verified.

If the SSA office does send the G-845, suggest that you go back to the SSA office no more that once week with your documents to (1) ask them to check SAVE again (2) ask if they sent a G-845 (3) if yes, did it come back (4) after 30 days ask if they have followed up on the G-845 by calling or sending another mark “second request.”

http://policy.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0100203735

RM 00203.735 Requesting Online (Primary) Verification By SAVE

You can try calling the SSA Regional Office if you have waited at least 30 days and your local SSA office doesn't seem to be concerned about following up on the G-845

http://www.ssa.gov/otherssasites/

Refer them to:

http://policy.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0100203740

RM 00203.740 Requesting Additional (Manual) Verification By DHS

Step 6

DHS should respond to SSA within 15 federal work days after receiving the Form G-845. If DHS does not respond within 15 federal work days from the receipt of the G-845 from SSA, follow-up with the DHS, USCIS Immigration Status office. (Allow 15 days plus five additional federal work days of mail time for the G-845 to be received at and returned from DHS. Follow local practice to follow-up with DHS.

Some SSA offices have an arrangement with the DHS, USCIS office to telephone for the follow-up contact; other SSA offices send a copy of the original G-845 annotated “second request.”) If the DHS response is still not received within 15 federal work days after the follow-up contact (if the follow-up is by mail allow five additional federal work days of mail time for the G-845 to be received at and returned from DHS), make a second follow-up contact. If the DHS response is not received within 15 federal workdays (again, if the follow-up is by mail, allow five additional federal work days of mail time for the G-845 to be received at and returned from DHS), after two follow-ups, contact the Regional Office (RO). Also report to the RO any trend that shows a serious deviation by DHS from the above time frames. The RO will consult with central office.

All cards are mailed from Social Security Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland to the postal address provided on the Form SS-5.

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