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DS-260 - Wifes surname on passport question

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Hello friends - first time posting. I have lurked here before and this is indeed a great forum with so many informative users!

I am a US citizen and have lived in the Philippines since 2011. I just married last month (Sep,2014). I filed DCF at the embassy in Manila on Oct 14. Petition was approved and received packet 3 via email on Oct 24. Next step is completing form DS-260 online. My wife and I already filled it out online, however we have not submitted it yet due to 1 issue. In the beginning of the form, it asks for her name, and explicitly states name must match the name on passport. It seems like the answer would be obvious to just follow those simple instructions. HOWEVER, being we just married last month, her surname name on her passport is her old name, not her married name (my last name). Her passport doesn't expire until 2016. Is this going to cause any issues down the road by putting her old surname?

My wife has got alot of input from friends who have been through the spousal process before saying that before she completes the online DS-260, she needs to go to the CFO to get her certificate so she can then go to the DFA to get her passport updated reflecting her new surname. One of her friends said she knew someone who encountered this exact same situation, and submitted her old surname on passport, in which St. Lukes denied her the medical saying she must update passport. Of course I don't know how valid that info is. Via my research online in some other forums I have heard that there is no need to do that, and that submitting her old name on the DS-260 will indeed be fine. I just want to make sure we do the right thing to avoid delays/issues down the road. I am hoping that submitting her old name will suffice, so we can avoid further delay as we wish to get our interview set asap. Soooo, is it ok to submit the DS-260 with her old surname on passport, or do we need to get it updated before we can continue?

Thank in advance for all feedback!


p.s - While I know this isn't the DCF forum, I posted here because my question regards the DS-260 only, which I believe is not propietary only to DCF. Hence, since this forum gets more traffic and I need feedback asap, I posted here accordingly. Thank you.

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No matter what you put in DS-260, the immigrant visa and subsequent green card will be in passport name. You want married name - get a new passport.

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