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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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I hope this is the right area for this question...

My husband and I are getting ready to submit the concurrent filing of our I-130 and I-485 and I have a question that I haven't been able to find the answer to by searching.

I'm the US Citizen and I was married previously. I know I need to include a copy of my divorce papers. My question is regarding my name - I did not go back to my maiden name when I was divorced, so my birth certificate doesn't match any of my other paperwork. Do I need to include a copy of my first marriage certificate as evidence of why my name doesn't match, or will the divorce paperwork handle that? I don't want to confuse anyone by including two marriage certificates (the first one and my current one) unless it's necessary.

Thank you for your help.

(If this is the wrong place for this question, could someone direct me to the right one? I'll probably have a few more nervous questions before I actually drop this thing in the mail) :)


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5/26/2012 - NOA hard copies received for I-130, I-485 and I-765

6/19/2012 - Biometrics completed.

7/02/2012 - Text/email/hard copy notification of interview.

7/30/2012 - EAD card production ordered.

8/02/2012 - Interview @ 2:00

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8/07/2012 - Second GC production email

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: England
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No they will figure it out. I filed all my paperwork in my previous married name and no problem. It probably says somewhere in your divorce papers that you have the right to resume maiden name. It's optional.


Married Sept.3,2010

02/11/2011: I130 Sent

02/21/2011: NOA1

06/22/2011: NOA2

06/30/2011: NVC

07/05/2011: DS-3032 email received

07/05/2011: DS-3032 emailed

07/06/2011: AOS Bill received

07/06/2011: AOS Fee Paid

07/09/2011: I864 Sent

07/11/2011: IV Fee Bill received

08/30/2011: IV Fee Paid

09/30/2011: IV Pkg Sent

10/24/2011: RFE (we dragged our feet from here on)

(forget all this for now, let's go on holiday!)

03/13/2012: NVC CASE COMPLETE!!

04/05/2012: Received interview appt email

06/22/2012: Medical @ Knightsbridge

06/29/2012: Interview 8am-Result: Pending

??/??/????: I601 Filed at Lock-Box

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Germany
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They should figure it out, but to cover your bases you might want to add a sentence explaining it in the cover letter! It's a lot faster & easier to add that sentence than wait for an RFE :)


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September 9, 2011 - Married <3

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December 20, 2011 - applied for German visa

February 9, 2012 - interview

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April 3, 2012 - mailed I-130s to Frankfurt

April 11, 2012 - NOA1 mailed

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Filed: Other Country: China
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I hope this is the right area for this question...

My husband and I are getting ready to submit the concurrent filing of our I-130 and I-485 and I have a question that I haven't been able to find the answer to by searching.

I'm the US Citizen and I was married previously. I know I need to include a copy of my divorce papers. My question is regarding my name - I did not go back to my maiden name when I was divorced, so my birth certificate doesn't match any of my other paperwork. Do I need to include a copy of my first marriage certificate as evidence of why my name doesn't match, or will the divorce paperwork handle that? I don't want to confuse anyone by including two marriage certificates (the first one and my current one) unless it's necessary.

Thank you for your help.

(If this is the wrong place for this question, could someone direct me to the right one? I'll probably have a few more nervous questions before I actually drop this thing in the mail) :)

Unless your maiden name appears on the divorce decree, you'll need to supply the marriage certificate too. In both cases, you need a Certified Copy of a public record. These are things you "order" not generally something you would have sitting around.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ukraine
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I hope this is the right area for this question...

My husband and I are getting ready to submit the concurrent filing of our I-130 and I-485 and I have a question that I haven't been able to find the answer to by searching.

I'm the US Citizen and I was married previously. I know I need to include a copy of my divorce papers. My question is regarding my name - I did not go back to my maiden name when I was divorced, so my birth certificate doesn't match any of my other paperwork. Do I need to include a copy of my first marriage certificate as evidence of why my name doesn't match, or will the divorce paperwork handle that? I don't want to confuse anyone by including two marriage certificates (the first one and my current one) unless it's necessary.

Thank you for your help.

(If this is the wrong place for this question, could someone direct me to the right one? I'll probably have a few more nervous questions before I actually drop this thing in the mail) :)

If your new name is part of the marriage certificate, include this. If it was done seperate from marriage, include this court document. This should match up to your divorce decree and link back to your birth cirtificate. ie, name change trail.

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Filed: Other Country: China
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when you filled I 130 and G 325 you should have included "other names used" and put maiden name there. If you did it shouldnt be a big problem.

Good luck

Actually it IS a big problem. She has a birth certificate that doesn't match ANY, not not ANY other documents. She has two options. Provide a marriage certificate that shows her maiden name marrying her divorced name, OR use a complete copy of her US passport as evidence of US Citizenship instead of her birth certificate.

This is covered in the I-130 instructions. Just saying you formerly used the name on the birth certificate will NOT be good enough.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: England
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If your prior surname is in the judgement of divorce, that is all you need...a photocopy of the original is all they ask for. I filled all forms using my previous husband's surname. My passport, paystubs, even my current marriage certificate has that surname. My SS# is under my maiden name and my taxes were filed under maiden name, but W2's are in previous husband's surname. If I didn't confuse US Immigration and made it through all stages so far without an RFE (only my husband got an RFE on records he forgot to send) then I don't know who could. They aren't that retarded. :no:


Married Sept.3,2010

02/11/2011: I130 Sent

02/21/2011: NOA1

06/22/2011: NOA2

06/30/2011: NVC

07/05/2011: DS-3032 email received

07/05/2011: DS-3032 emailed

07/06/2011: AOS Bill received

07/06/2011: AOS Fee Paid

07/09/2011: I864 Sent

07/11/2011: IV Fee Bill received

08/30/2011: IV Fee Paid

09/30/2011: IV Pkg Sent

10/24/2011: RFE (we dragged our feet from here on)

(forget all this for now, let's go on holiday!)

03/13/2012: NVC CASE COMPLETE!!

04/05/2012: Received interview appt email

06/22/2012: Medical @ Knightsbridge

06/29/2012: Interview 8am-Result: Pending

??/??/????: I601 Filed at Lock-Box

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Filed: Other Country: China
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If your prior surname is in the judgement of divorce, that is all you need...a photocopy of the original is all they ask for. I filled all forms using my previous husband's surname. My passport, paystubs, even my current marriage certificate has that surname. My SS# is under my maiden name and my taxes were filed under maiden name, but W2's are in previous husband's surname. If I didn't confuse US Immigration and made it through all stages so far without an RFE (only my husband got an RFE on records he forgot to send) then I don't know who could. They aren't that retarded. :no:

They aren't retarded. If the OP's maiden name appears on her divorce decree, all is well. If it appears on nothing but the birth certificate, then that's not good enough. It's not a matter of figuring it out. It's a matter of documentation. With no other mention of the maiden name on any official documents, she could be submitting ANYBODY's birth certificate. You've got to tie the names together with documents. Simple solution is to skip the USC's birth certificate and use a complete copy of the US passport instead. The only purpose for the USC's birth certificate is as evidence of US Citizenship. The passport is an excellent substitute. No passport? Provide the first marriage certificate. Easy stuff but trojam227's situation is NOT the same unless the OP's maiden name is on that divorce decree.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: England
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So tell us SterlingDandT, does your divorce decree have your Maiden Name printed in it somewhere after the words "it is ordered & adjudged that plaintiff/defendant is authorized to resume the prior surname__________"? Or can you send a copy of your passport instead of birth certificate, because that would make it much easier for you!


Married Sept.3,2010

02/11/2011: I130 Sent

02/21/2011: NOA1

06/22/2011: NOA2

06/30/2011: NVC

07/05/2011: DS-3032 email received

07/05/2011: DS-3032 emailed

07/06/2011: AOS Bill received

07/06/2011: AOS Fee Paid

07/09/2011: I864 Sent

07/11/2011: IV Fee Bill received

08/30/2011: IV Fee Paid

09/30/2011: IV Pkg Sent

10/24/2011: RFE (we dragged our feet from here on)

(forget all this for now, let's go on holiday!)

03/13/2012: NVC CASE COMPLETE!!

04/05/2012: Received interview appt email

06/22/2012: Medical @ Knightsbridge

06/29/2012: Interview 8am-Result: Pending

??/??/????: I601 Filed at Lock-Box

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Brazil
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SterlingDandT - you are filing for what visa?


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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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My husband and I are getting ready to submit the concurrent filing of our I-130 and I-485

Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to Adjustment of Status from Work, Student, & Tourist Visas forum as this is the situation when there is a concurrent filing of an I-130 and an I-485.

Is your husband already in the US on another type of visa? If so, then he is adjusting status. If not, then he will apply for a visa (and I will move the topic back to IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures).


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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)
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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

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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Wow, thank you all for the replies.

My husband is in the country and adjusting status, but he's not on a visa. He's Canadian and entered as a visitor.

I'm sorry if I wasn't clear. The only document that has my maiden name on it is my birth certificate. I didn't go back to my maiden name after my divorce. And I don't have a passport. Sounds like I probably need to include my first marriage certificate as a way to show it's really me?

I did order certified copies of all these things, but when assembling the packet I started to question how much I really needed to include.

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AOS

5/16/2012 - Package delivered to Chicago Lockbox at 1:33pm

5/21/2012 - Email/text notifications received at 4:50 p.m.

5/26/2012 - NOA hard copies received for I-130, I-485 and I-765

6/19/2012 - Biometrics completed.

7/02/2012 - Text/email/hard copy notification of interview.

7/30/2012 - EAD card production ordered.

8/02/2012 - Interview @ 2:00

8/02/2012 - Email notification of GC production at 5:30pm

8/07/2012 - Second GC production email

8/07/2012 - EAD received.

8/08/2012 - GC mailed.

8/09/2012 - Welcome letter and I-130 approval letter received.

8/10/2012 - Green card received. :)

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Filed: Other Country: China
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Wow, thank you all for the replies.

My husband is in the country and adjusting status, but he's not on a visa. He's Canadian and entered as a visitor.

I'm sorry if I wasn't clear. The only document that has my maiden name on it is my birth certificate. I didn't go back to my maiden name after my divorce. And I don't have a passport. Sounds like I probably need to include my first marriage certificate as a way to show it's really me?

I did order certified copies of all these things, but when assembling the packet I started to question how much I really needed to include.

Then include a photocopy of a Certified Copy of your first marriage certificate. To ever obtain a passport, you'll need to show the actual Certified Copy as one of the supporting documents for that.


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Understanding the big picture is priceless. Anonymous

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Kenya
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They aren't retarded. If the OP's maiden name appears on her divorce decree, all is well. If it appears on nothing but the birth certificate, then that's not good enough. It's not a matter of figuring it out. It's a matter of documentation. With no other mention of the maiden name on any official documents, she could be submitting ANYBODY's birth certificate. You've got to tie the names together with documents. Simple solution is to skip the USC's birth certificate and use a complete copy of the US passport instead. The only purpose for the USC's birth certificate is as evidence of US Citizenship. The passport is an excellent substitute. No passport? Provide the first marriage certificate. Easy stuff but trojam227's situation is NOT the same unless the OP's maiden name is on that divorce decree.

:ot: - Just a side note. Birth Certificate Vs. Passport for documentation of citizenship. All who were NOT born in the US have to provide a birth certificate even if they are now USCs with a US Passport. An Immigration lawyer told me that and said there are details on a birth certificate that are not on a passport (parents names, e.g.,). The lawyer also said that USCs also have to provide birth certificates for the same reason. Remember biographic information form G-325 asks for details (parental) that have to be backed-up with documentation. Point is - birth certificates should never be substituted with/for(?) passports. Both should be included :ot2:

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