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Another question for you guys. At what point do we indicate/file that my wife wants to change her last name to reflect our marriage? We are about to send out our I-485/AOS package and we're unclear as to when and how we should go about this part of the process. Should we do it in the AOS package or do it after we're (HOPEFULLY!) approved? HELP!

And yes, I'm totally happy to fill out all the I-485/AOS stuff again if need be. We just want to make our package as correct and detailed as possible.

Many thanks!

Ray

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Your wife needs to file with her desired married name in all documemts. This is because her green card will have this name, and changing it after it has been produced cost $400. Also in most forms you will have a space to put "others names used" specially on the biographical information one. Please keep in mind that her medical examination will be on her maiden name, as it is showed in her passport. That's fine. Also any supporting documents will be on her original name because she needs the GC to be on her married name to change it on Social Security.

On a side note when i did my fingerprints appointment they couldn't use my married name (despite my notice of action was sent with this name) because i didn't bring my marriage certificate with me. However USCIS has always addressed me by my married mame.


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Matt, Juki and Janis:

05/01/2013: We met Online

06/04/2013: Matt asked me to be his girlfriend.

12/08/2013: I traveled to the U.S. under a J-1 visa to work in Maine.

12/28/2013: I traveled to Fort Wayne, IN to meet him in person for the first time.

03/17/2014: I returned to Indiana after my work time was over.

04/24/2014: We got married!!!

12/31/2015: Janis, our baby daughter, was born :D

AOS Timeline

Concurrent Filing: I-130 and I-485

06/10/2014 (Day 1) AOS package sent to Chicago Lockbox
06/17/2014 (Day 7) Received notification on text/email that package was received at 11pm.

06/19/2014 (Day 9) Fee checks were cashed.

06/20/2014 (Day 10) I-130 I-485 and EAD NOAs arrived in the mail.

06/24/2014 (Day 14) Biometrics App letter received

07/02/2014 (Day 22) Successful Biometrics Walk-in at Indianapolis ASC

08/05/2014 (Day 59) Interview Letter was mailed from USCIS. App scheduled Sept. 5th.

08/15/2014 (Day 69): Updated address with USCIS

08/18/2014 (Day 72): EAD in production state

08/23/2014 (Day 77): EAD arrived at home

09/05/2014 (Day 90): Interview day at Indianapolis. Recommended for approval afterwards!

09/05/2014 (Day 90) at 5pm: My case status updated - WE ARE APPROVED!!!!

09/09/2014 (Day 94) : GC arrived on the mail :D

I-751 Removal of Conditions

Fee waiver granted

08/19/2016 (Day 1) I-751 and I-912 packages sent to California Service Center.
09/15/2016 (Day 24) Received NOA with Fee waiver granted

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Hi

Your wife needs to file with her desired married name in all documemts. This is because her green card will have this name, and changing it after it has been produced cost $400. Also in most forms you will have a space to put "others names used" specially on the biographical information one. Please keep in mind that her medical examination will be on her maiden name, as it is showed in her passport. That's fine. Also any supporting documents will be on her original name because she needs the GC to be on her married name to change it on Social Security.

On a side note when i did my fingerprints appointment they couldn't use my married name (despite my notice of action was sent with this name) because i didn't bring my marriage certificate with me. However USCIS has always addressed me by my married mame.

Hi there! Thanks for the response and insight! Ok, well, now I'm in a dilema. See, when my wife and I got married, we put her name on the marriage certificate exactly the same as it is on her passport. So, what can we do now? Does the fact that our marriage certificate has her maiden name on it rather than the name my wife wants to change to? Really hope we didn't screw this up. :cry:

What are your thoughts on this?

Thanks in advance!

Ray

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Put your wife's married name on all forms from now on, especially the I-485.


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NOA1: 04/08/2014; NOA2: 04/21/2014; Visa interview, approved: 07/15/2014; POE: 07/25/2014; Marriage: 09/05/2014

 

AOS

NOA1:  09/12/2014;  Biometrics:  10/06/2014;  EAD/AP Received:  11/26/2014;

Interview Waiver Letter:  01/02/2015;  RFE:  07/09/2015;

Permanent Residency Granted:  07/27/2015;  Green card Received:  08/22/2015

 

ROC

05/23/2017 -- Mailed ROC application

05/24/2017 -- NOA1 date

05/30/2017 -- NOA1 received in the mail

06/05/2017 -- Biometrics letter received

06/13/2017 -- Biometrics appointment

09/05/2018 -- Approved without interview!

09/13/2018 -- 10 Yr Green card Received

 

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I can't speak directly for your location, but our marriage certificate had to have my maiden name - but it still is my name change document.


First Entered US with TN Status: 04/13/2012
Engaged: 08/24/2012
Married: 08/10/2013


Adjustment of Status from TN Status to Permanent Resident:

Day 00: AOS mailed by USPS priority Post: 05/19/2014
Day 02: AOS package arrived: 05/21/2014
Day 08: Text/email notice of acceptance: 05/27/2014
Day 11: NOAs for I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131 received, 05/30/2014
Day 14: Biometrics notice received with an appointment of June 17, 2914 at 3pm. 06/02/2014
Day 15: attempted walk-in successful after a very long wait 06/03/2014
Day 38: email notice that I-485 has moved to testing & interview! 06/26/2014
Day 77: EAD/AP - card production 08/06/2014
Day 84: EAD/AP card received 08/13/2014
Day 129: Infopass appointment for an update (very helpful!) 09/24/2014
Day 136: Email received with interview date 10/01/2014
Day 138: Interview notice received! 10/03/2014
Day 170: Green Card Approved on the Spot! 11/04/2014
Day 178: Green Card Received 11/12/2014

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS:

Day 00: ROC Package (Weighing 1.7kg -- 3lbs 13oz) mailed by USPS Priority Post: 09/13/2016

Day 03: ROC Package Received: 09/16/2016

Day 07: Check Cashed: 09/20/2016

Upcoming:

Naturalization in 2017

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Did your wife change her name during marriage?

Generally, the marriage certificate allows for a name change without going through a separate name change process. In my marriage certificate, the state of Hawaii asked for the "Name" of the bride and groom, which means (old) maiden name, and the "Declared Name" of the bride and groom, which means (new) married name.

Following our marriage, every U.S. document my wife has filed is with her married name, and the marriage certificate is proof of the legal name change. When filing for AoS, we used my wife's married name for everything except the section that asked for maiden name / any previous names.

One exception is that we haven't change her name in her home country, so for international travel we will book flights under her married name, as she will be traveling on her foreign passport until she becomes a U.S. citizen in approximately three years. I have read that in this case, when we reenter the U.S. she will show her foreign passport, U.S. green card, and our marriage certificate to connect the two names.

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Hi there! Thanks for the response and insight! Ok, well, now I'm in a dilema. See, when my wife and I got married, we put her name on the marriage certificate exactly the same as it is on her passport. So, what can we do now? Does the fact that our marriage certificate has her maiden name on it rather than the name my wife wants to change to? Really hope we didn't screw this up. :cry:

What are your thoughts on this?

Thanks in advance!

Ray

Hi again,

Sorry for not getting back at you earlier. I had the same dilemma. I got married in Indiana, and the Marriage Certificate was made with my maiden name (according to my legal documents) and there was no place to put a new married name. It felt weird that I didn't have my new name declared somewhere in an official document. (My husband and I decided to change our names together, so we both will have a compound last name :D) I searched online to see what people do to get their name change after marriage. Apparently the only thing you need to do is go to Social Security showing your marriage certificate and change it. However, since your wife doesn't have a green card, she can't go SS yet.

If she files all the forms with her new married name and lists the maiden name as "others" she will be fine.


age.png

Matt, Juki and Janis:

05/01/2013: We met Online

06/04/2013: Matt asked me to be his girlfriend.

12/08/2013: I traveled to the U.S. under a J-1 visa to work in Maine.

12/28/2013: I traveled to Fort Wayne, IN to meet him in person for the first time.

03/17/2014: I returned to Indiana after my work time was over.

04/24/2014: We got married!!!

12/31/2015: Janis, our baby daughter, was born :D

AOS Timeline

Concurrent Filing: I-130 and I-485

06/10/2014 (Day 1) AOS package sent to Chicago Lockbox
06/17/2014 (Day 7) Received notification on text/email that package was received at 11pm.

06/19/2014 (Day 9) Fee checks were cashed.

06/20/2014 (Day 10) I-130 I-485 and EAD NOAs arrived in the mail.

06/24/2014 (Day 14) Biometrics App letter received

07/02/2014 (Day 22) Successful Biometrics Walk-in at Indianapolis ASC

08/05/2014 (Day 59) Interview Letter was mailed from USCIS. App scheduled Sept. 5th.

08/15/2014 (Day 69): Updated address with USCIS

08/18/2014 (Day 72): EAD in production state

08/23/2014 (Day 77): EAD arrived at home

09/05/2014 (Day 90): Interview day at Indianapolis. Recommended for approval afterwards!

09/05/2014 (Day 90) at 5pm: My case status updated - WE ARE APPROVED!!!!

09/09/2014 (Day 94) : GC arrived on the mail :D

I-751 Removal of Conditions

Fee waiver granted

08/19/2016 (Day 1) I-751 and I-912 packages sent to California Service Center.
09/15/2016 (Day 24) Received NOA with Fee waiver granted

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When I submitted my package I used my marriage certificate as proof of my name change. Because it has my husband's name on it, along with my maiden name it is the name change document.

Just full the entire package out with your married name. I included many photocopies of the marriage certificate along with my ID in my maiden name - just to be extra certain that each form had a copy. When I went for my biometrics, I used my passport (maiden name) with my marriage certificate and they accepted it as my document for ID.

I went for my Updated SSN card, and my EAD and marriage certificate is all I needed to make the change. You will be fine.


First Entered US with TN Status: 04/13/2012
Engaged: 08/24/2012
Married: 08/10/2013


Adjustment of Status from TN Status to Permanent Resident:

Day 00: AOS mailed by USPS priority Post: 05/19/2014
Day 02: AOS package arrived: 05/21/2014
Day 08: Text/email notice of acceptance: 05/27/2014
Day 11: NOAs for I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131 received, 05/30/2014
Day 14: Biometrics notice received with an appointment of June 17, 2914 at 3pm. 06/02/2014
Day 15: attempted walk-in successful after a very long wait 06/03/2014
Day 38: email notice that I-485 has moved to testing & interview! 06/26/2014
Day 77: EAD/AP - card production 08/06/2014
Day 84: EAD/AP card received 08/13/2014
Day 129: Infopass appointment for an update (very helpful!) 09/24/2014
Day 136: Email received with interview date 10/01/2014
Day 138: Interview notice received! 10/03/2014
Day 170: Green Card Approved on the Spot! 11/04/2014
Day 178: Green Card Received 11/12/2014

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS:

Day 00: ROC Package (Weighing 1.7kg -- 3lbs 13oz) mailed by USPS Priority Post: 09/13/2016

Day 03: ROC Package Received: 09/16/2016

Day 07: Check Cashed: 09/20/2016

Upcoming:

Naturalization in 2017

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