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I went to the Philippines in 2010 using my Philippine passport with my name spelled Ma. Lourdes LASTNAME. My green card has my name spelled Maria L. LASTNAME. I didn't have any problems getting out of the US nor coming back. I will be travelling there again in September and my travel agent is advising me to have my passport or green card reissued so that my name is exactly the same. Question is do I really need to and if so, which spelling should I keep? The green card spelling or the passport spelling?

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I went to the Philippines in 2010 using my Philippine passport with my name spelled Ma. Lourdes LASTNAME. My green card has my name spelled Maria L. LASTNAME. I didn't have any problems getting out of the US nor coming back. I will be travelling there again in September and my travel agent is advising me to have my passport or green card reissued so that my name is exactly the same. Question is do I really need to and if so, which spelling should I keep? The green card spelling or the passport spelling?

Thank you!!!

Is your name Ma or Maria? That is the name you should be using.

I don't see it as a major issue, and like said you have traveled with the passport like already. Maybe carry a copy of your marriage certificate just in case, not sure what the spelling is on that. :)

Personally I would have whichever document does not match your name changed to the correct name.


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I went to the Philippines in 2010 using my Philippine passport with my name spelled Ma. Lourdes LASTNAME. My green card has my name spelled Maria L. LASTNAME. I didn't have any problems getting out of the US nor coming back. I will be travelling there again in September and my travel agent is advising me to have my passport or green card reissued so that my name is exactly the same. Question is do I really need to and if so, which spelling should I keep? The green card spelling or the passport spelling?

Thank you!!!

If your passport was issued as MA., I assume the name on your NSO birth certificate is also MA. Correct?

The GC is showing MARIA. Have the GC corrected.

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IMO, follow what is on your birth cert. My friend back in college has the same problem as you before, most of her legal documents (birth cert and baptismal) were Maria Cheryl but on her school credentials and ID's, she was Ma.Cheryl. She was advised to seek a lawyer and she always carry with her the notarized document certifying that Maria Cheryl and Ma.Cheryl is just one person. She was then advised to always use Maria Cheryl in all her future transactions as what it appears on her NSO birth cert..

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I agree with Memphis.. I am a "Maria" too.. been using "Ma." in school but had to change it in my college years.. Go with what's on your birth certificate =)


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