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Female USC change name before/after CR1 process?

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Good morning all!

I'm a USC and my fiance is a UK citizen. We are getting married in Vegas on April 14 (18 days to go!!!) then will begin the CR1 visa process (as he has to return to the UK to continue working :( ) I plan on taking his name, obviously, but am unsure when would be the best time to do so since we want to apply for our CR1 immediately after we get married. Should I change my name right after the wedding so I can put my new last name on all the visa paperwork (even though my passport will still be in my maiden name temporarily). Not sure what the best course of action would be. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks!


07/10: Met online, began exchanging emails, texts, and Skype
10/22/10: First time meeting in person!

03/17/12: Officially engaged in London!!

I-130 (IR-1/CR-1 Visa) Journey:

04/14/12: Married in front of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada!!
04/23/12: Mailed I-130 to Phoenix, AZ Lockbox
04/25/12: NOA 1, Priority Date, Routed to CSC
04/28/12: Check for petition cleared bank account
07/23/12: NOA 2
07/27/12: Petition arrived at NVC
08/15/12: NVC Case Number received over the phone, DS3032 email sent
08/16/12: IIN assigned
08/22/12: AOS Bill Invoiced and Paid, Sent DS-3032 email again
08/24/12: DS-3032 Accepted (email received from NVC)
08/27/12: IV Bill Invoiced and Paid
08/28/12: AOS Bill Shows PAID
08/28/12: Mailed AOS Packet
08/28/12: IV Bill Shows PAID
08/28/12: Mailed IV Packet
09/07/12: AOS Packet Received and Accepted by NVC
09/05/12: IV Packet Received and Accepted by NVC
09/07/12: Case Complete
10/09/12: Medical
10/15/12: Interview! APPROVED!!
10/19/12: Visa in Hand, Delivered at 2:55pm GMT
10/20/12: POE at LAX, Flight arrives at 7:15pm
10/23/12: Went to local SSA office, applied for SSN
10/27/12: Social Security card arrived by mail
11/6/12: Green Card arrived in the mail!

I-751 Journey (Removal of Conditions)

07/23/14: Sent ROC Paperwork to CSC

07/25/14: NOA Received

07/29/14: Check for application & biometrics cleared bank

08/18/14: Biometrics Completed

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Good morning all!

I'm a USC and my fiance is a UK citizen. We are getting married in Vegas on April 14 (18 days to go!!!) then will begin the CR1 visa process (as he has to return to the UK to continue working :( ) I plan on taking his name, obviously, but am unsure when would be the best time to do so since we want to apply for our CR1 immediately after we get married. Should I change my name right after the wedding so I can put my new last name on all the visa paperwork (even though my passport will still be in my maiden name temporarily). Not sure what the best course of action would be. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks!

You can change your name whenever you want since it won't affect the visa process. It would be a different thing if you were the UK citizen wanting to change your name to his, then you'd have to fill out every application with your new name so that you can receive your green card with your married name. But since you're the US citizen, you can do it whenever you choose, now or at a later time.

My husband and I got married in 01/2007, I filed for his CR1 visa on 2/2007 with my maiden name and didn't change it until November because I was just to lazy to do it.

Diana


CR-1

02/05/07 - I-130 sent to NSC

05/03/07 - NOA2

05/10/07 - NVC receives petition, case # assigned

08/08/07 - Case Complete

09/27/07 - Interview, visa granted

10/02/07 - POE

11/16/07 - Received green card and Welcome to America letter in the mail

Removing Conditions

07/06/09 - I-751 sent to CSC

08/14/09 - Biometrics

09/27/09 - Approved

10/01/09 - Received 10 year green card

U.S. Citizenship

03/30/11 - N-400 sent via Priority Mail w/ delivery confirmation

05/12/11 - Biometrics

07/20/11 - Interview - passed

07/20/11 - Oath ceremony - same day as interview

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