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Applying for SSN 12 days after wedding. Can SSN take her married name?

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My wife arrived in the States about a month ago (on a K1 visa) and we got married 12 days ago. On Monday we will go to the SSN office and apply for her SSN.

My wife will take my name and we would like to make this change official asap. I have heard some people say that the SSN office will tell people to wait to change their name when the Green Card comes. This seems to me like a BS answer. Am I wrong? What can we do to have the SSN office process the name change *at once*?

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K1 Visa

Service Center : California Service Center

Transferred? No

Consulate : Ukraine

I-129F Sent : 2014-03-28

I-129F NOA1 : 2014-04-04

I-129F NOA2 : 2014-05-06

NVC Received : 2014-05-20

NVC Sent to Embassy: 2014-05-26

Kyiv interview: June 23th (Approved)

POE date: July 22nd

Wedding date: August 10th

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It is easiest to apply for thr SSN in visa name because that's your name in the SAVE db. Then after the green card to change your name. You can try with just the married name but many SSA employees are just not trained well enough and may cause issues.


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I agree with the last post. File under the visa name it is easiest. When the green card comes in then use that to go to a SSA office and make the name change. The databases are in the madian name and you could run into issues.


 

 

Service Center : California Service Center on 2014-03-17Consulate : London, United KingdomI-129F Sent : 2014-03-10I-129F NOA1 : 2014-03-14I-129F NOA2 : 2014-04-07NVC Received :4/21/2014NVC Left :4/23/2014Consulate Received :2014-04-29Packet 3 Received :2014-05-01Packet 3 Sent :2014-05-01Medical Complete: 2014-05-07Packet 4 Received :2014-5-31Interview Date :2014-06-06Visa Issued: 2014-06-10Visa Package Received: 2014-06-13Arrival at POE Seattle: 2014-6-13

Married 07/07/2014

AOS Timeline
AOS package mailed 08/08/2014 (Chicago Lockbox)
NOA date 8/13/2014
Biometrics done 09/14/2014
INTERVIEW DATE!!!! 10/31/2014
Approval e-mail 10/31/2014
Card production e-mail 12/27/2011
GREEN CARD ARRIVED 11/08/201

Employment Authorization Document
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-08-04
NOA Date : 2014-08-13
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-09-04
Approved Date : 2014-09-25
Date Card Received : 2014-10-03

ADVANCED Parole
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance :First
Date Filed : 2014-08-04
NOA Date : 2014-08-13
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2014-10-03


ROC Timeline
ROC package mailed to CSC 10/13/2016
NOA1 date 10/17/2016
Biometrics date 12/8/2016

Interview: None
Card production ordered: 03/27/2018
10-YEAR GREEN CARD ARRIVED

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My wife arrived in the States about a month ago (on a K1 visa) and we got married 12 days ago. On Monday we will go to the SSN office and apply for her SSN.

My wife will take my name and we would like to make this change official asap. I have heard some people say that the SSN office will tell people to wait to change their name when the Green Card comes. This seems to me like a BS answer. Am I wrong? What can we do to have the SSN office process the name change *at once*?

Son on a K-2 visa cannot apply for a SSN until they have their GC. File the AOS so the son's name on the GC is the married name. Once the GC arrives you can apply for a SSN for the son.

For your wife it is easier to file in the VISA name so the SSA employee does not try to feed you some line of cr@p about not being able to get the SSN after marriage because "...the K-1...<insert your favor mis-information here>..." Once she has her GC go back and using the marriage certificate and the GC get her name changed and have the "NOT VALID FOR WORK WITHOUT DHS AUTHORIZATION" removed from her SSC. That is the easiest. If you like a challenge or a fight: go to the SSA office with her passport, K-1 visa, the I-94,and the Marriage Certificate to use to change her name. You may get lucky and have a properly trained SSA employee. If not, thank them for their time and just leave. Go back later and file in the Maiden name.

Good luck,

Dave

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