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Hi everyone,

What's the procedure about changing your name? On our marriage license I wrote my husband's last name as my new last name and we finally got our marriage certificate today.

Is this enough for my name to officially be changed? I know I need to change it on my SS card, bank acc/debit card, lease... but legally, has my name changed upon receiving a certified copy of our marriage certificate, which shows my husbands's last name as my new last name?

Thanks!


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My AOS journey

Date Filed : 2014-11-26

NOA Date : 2014-12-06

RFE: 2014-12-26 (Translation of my international BC)

Bio. Appt. : 2014-12-31

RFE response received by USCIS: 2015-01-06

EAD/AP approved: 2015-02-18

NPIW letter: 2015-03-17

Service request: 2015-09-17

Response to service request: None

Service request 2: 2015-10-23

Service request 2 response: 2015-11-03 - USCIS anticipates a delay

EAD/AP renewal forms sent: 2015-11-04

Letter to Congressman sent: 2015-11-06

EAD/AP renewal electronic NOA1: 2015-11-10 (saying USCIS received and accepted my applications on 2015-11-06)

Email from Congressman's office - reviewing my case, will contact me with info: 2015-11-13

Received No Biometrics Required letter: 2015-11-20

Received letter of continuance asking for another translation of my BC (long story): 2015-11-20 (online status never changed)

Responded to letter of continuance: 2015-11-30

USCIS/DHS in Sacramento received my response (delivery confirmation): 2015-12.01

Received interview letter from Chatsworth office, CA: 2016-01-30

Received response from my congressman: 2016-02.02

AOS interview: 2016-02-10 Result:: RFE for medical

Medical done: 02/20/2016 - 03/03/2016

Medical Received By USCIS (UPS delivery confirmation): 2016-03-08

AOS approval date/Resident since: 2016-03-12

Card received: 2016-03-18

AOS took 15 months, 2 weeks and one day.

 

ROC:

Petition sent: 2018 - 02 - 22

Petition received by USCIS Laguna Niguel: 2018 - 02 - 23

 

 

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Hi everyone,

What's the procedure about changing your name? On our marriage license I wrote my husband's last name as my new last name and we finally got our marriage certificate today.

Is this enough for my name to officially be changed? I know I need to change it on my SS card, bank acc/debit card, lease... but legally, has my name changed upon receiving a certified copy of our marriage certificate, which shows my husbands's last name as my new last name?

Thanks!

Yes, marriage certificate is a sufficient document to show you can change your name. But it is not automatically will be changed. You decided it. In Florida, marriage certificate still bears my maiden name and no where to show that I have changed my name. The only legal binding shows on the marriage certificate that I can changed my name is that I am married to my husband which is provided his last name.

Your name will be changed legally when you put it on SSN, driver license, all of your AOS papers to get a green card. The woman from courthouse told me that if I wanted my name is legally changed I have to put it on such ID like SSN, driver license to show that I am officially changed my maiden name into married name.


Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat

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It doesn't matter how slow you go as long as you don't stop

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*Biometric Appointment (07/20/2017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thinking ahead: Order at least a couple more official copies of your marriage certificate. Keep one with you at all times until you get your green card. This is especially crucial if you plan to travel out of the country with use of Advance Parole, and if you ever travel within the U.S. in areas where there are inland CBP checkpoints.

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06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Thanks for your replies! I don't have a DL, I only have a SS card so I'll change it there and then fill out AOS forms with my new last name, I guess that should be it :)


Spoiler

My AOS journey

Date Filed : 2014-11-26

NOA Date : 2014-12-06

RFE: 2014-12-26 (Translation of my international BC)

Bio. Appt. : 2014-12-31

RFE response received by USCIS: 2015-01-06

EAD/AP approved: 2015-02-18

NPIW letter: 2015-03-17

Service request: 2015-09-17

Response to service request: None

Service request 2: 2015-10-23

Service request 2 response: 2015-11-03 - USCIS anticipates a delay

EAD/AP renewal forms sent: 2015-11-04

Letter to Congressman sent: 2015-11-06

EAD/AP renewal electronic NOA1: 2015-11-10 (saying USCIS received and accepted my applications on 2015-11-06)

Email from Congressman's office - reviewing my case, will contact me with info: 2015-11-13

Received No Biometrics Required letter: 2015-11-20

Received letter of continuance asking for another translation of my BC (long story): 2015-11-20 (online status never changed)

Responded to letter of continuance: 2015-11-30

USCIS/DHS in Sacramento received my response (delivery confirmation): 2015-12.01

Received interview letter from Chatsworth office, CA: 2016-01-30

Received response from my congressman: 2016-02.02

AOS interview: 2016-02-10 Result:: RFE for medical

Medical done: 02/20/2016 - 03/03/2016

Medical Received By USCIS (UPS delivery confirmation): 2016-03-08

AOS approval date/Resident since: 2016-03-12

Card received: 2016-03-18

AOS took 15 months, 2 weeks and one day.

 

ROC:

Petition sent: 2018 - 02 - 22

Petition received by USCIS Laguna Niguel: 2018 - 02 - 23

 

 

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Thanks for your replies! I don't have a DL, I only have a SS card so I'll change it there and then fill out AOS forms with my new last name, I guess that should be it :)

You only can changed your name on SSN after you have received at least EAD. It serves as a proof that you "officially" have changed your maiden name to married name. Marriage certificate serves as a document you "can" changed your name but SSA employees won't accepted (most of times) because in some states, bride still bears her maiden name like mine. With an EAD you can apply driver license as well.


Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat

- Sun Tzu-

It doesn't matter how slow you go as long as you don't stop

-Confucius-

 

-I am the beneficiary and my post is not reflecting my petitioner's point of views-

 

                                       Lifting Condition (I-751)

 

*Mailed I-751 package (06/21/2017) to CSC

*NOA-1 date (06/23/2017)

*NOA-1 received (06/28/2017)

*Check cashed (06/27/2017)

*Biometric Received (07/10/2017)

*Biometric Appointment (07/20/2017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yes, marriage certificate is a sufficient document to show you can change your name. But it is not automatically will be changed. You decided it. In Florida, marriage certificate still bears my maiden name and no where to show that I have changed my name. The only legal binding shows on the marriage certificate that I can changed my name is that I am married to my husband which is provided his last name.

Your name will be changed legally when you put it on SSN, driver license, all of your AOS papers to get a green card. The woman from courthouse told me that if I wanted my name is legally changed I have to put it on such ID like SSN, driver license to show that I am officially changed my maiden name into married name.

My wife had a notation with name change put in her passport by Immigration office before she left Indonesia. She just had to provide them with our marriage book.

Everything including passport is issued in her married name.

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My wife had a notation with name change put in her passport by Immigration office before she left Indonesia. She just had to provide them with our marriage book.

Everything including passport is issued in her married name.

Do you guys have married in Indonesia? These things are on the different roads. The OP and me were adjusting from K-1 visa whereas a spousal visa (IR-1/CR-1/K-3) will received green card shortly after landed in the US which I believe that's your wife's immigration path. She does not need to show name changed because she's already did it during the process of when she submitted all papers works including marriage book or in Indonesia it calls " buku nikah".

Just note:

Most of married woman in Indonesia don't changed their maiden name into married name because it is not our custom.


Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat

- Sun Tzu-

It doesn't matter how slow you go as long as you don't stop

-Confucius-

 

-I am the beneficiary and my post is not reflecting my petitioner's point of views-

 

                                       Lifting Condition (I-751)

 

*Mailed I-751 package (06/21/2017) to CSC

*NOA-1 date (06/23/2017)

*NOA-1 received (06/28/2017)

*Check cashed (06/27/2017)

*Biometric Received (07/10/2017)

*Biometric Appointment (07/20/2017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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