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My children have citizenship in a Latin American country where every person has a first and second last name, (e.g. Maria Smith Lopez). The first last name is the first last name of their father, and the second last name is the first last name of their mother.

However, when they get their U.S. residency & citizenship, I would wish them to have only a single last name (mine).

Do I put their last name as: SMITH (I-130 Line C1 - Name (Family name in Caps))

And then put: MARIA SMITH LOPEZ (I-130 Line C7 - Other Names Used (including maiden name))

-OR-

Do I need to put SMITH LOPEZ (I-130 Line C1 - Name (Family name in Caps))

If I do the latter, at what point in the process (if any) will I have the ability to drop their second last name?

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I have the same question regarding my wife, with one additional complication: in her country of citizenship, married women do not take their husband's last name.

So in addition to dropping my wife's second last name, where in the process (if any) can I have her first last name changed to match mine and our childrens'?


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