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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: China
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My fiancée (from China) arrived in the US this month (yay!), and its time to apply for our marriage license. It dawned on me that, once we get married, if she assumes my family name, her passport won't reflect her legal name in the US. This raises the issue of how difficult it may be for her to travel in & out of the US (after she receives her Advanced Parole, of course).

No doubt others have dealt with this. For those who've gone through this stage, can you share what you encountered? Did the foreign spouse need to get a new passport from her home country? Did they just maintain two names, etc?

Thanks so much!

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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~Inquiry about peri-AOS process, past K1~


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

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My fiancée (from China) arrived in the US this month (yay!), and its time to apply for our marriage license. It dawned on me that, once we get married, if she assumes my family name, her passport won't reflect her legal name in the US. This raises the issue of how difficult it may be for her to travel in & out of the US (after she receives her Advanced Parole, of course).

No doubt others have dealt with this. For those who've gone through this stage, can you share what you encountered? Did the foreign spouse need to get a new passport from her home country? Did they just maintain two names, etc?

Thanks so much!

When you travel with AP or Greencard in married name, and passport in maiden name, you must have all airline itinerary and tickets in her maiden name because it must match the passport. Travel with a copy of marriage certificate to show for her married name documents.


05-25-2017: Sent I-751 Lifting Conditions package (5 Pounds!) to VSC
06-02-2017: Check cashed

06-05-2017: Received NOA/Extension letter dated 05-30

06-07-2018: Green card produced (ROC Approved)

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I ran in to an issue similar to this with the AOS and the affidavit. My name changed from marriage but my passport is in my maiden name and they wanted a copy of it. I sent in my birth certificate along with the marriage certificate. For traveling she will have to travel with her maiden name. She should carry a copy of her marriage license and her birth certificate to support her name change on the license. Once she has a social security card that can also be used to help prove her identity.

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: China
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This is good to know...


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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I just came back from visiting family in the UK. All my tickets matched my passport even though my green card is in my married name. I carried my marriage certificate with me though.

Whilst in the UK I got a new passport that matches my married name and all my other US documents. My name was still in their system as my maiden name but I had both my new and old passport, green card, flight tickets and marriage certificate. I actually had more issues leaving the UK then I did entering the US lol.

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Yep, i also have my passport in my maiden name and all US documents in married name and had no issues travelling. Airline staff, border control and immigration officers are used to this situation by the looks of it.


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