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Maiden -> Middle Name on SSN after marriage: How to file AOS?

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So, fake names for my example's sake...

JANE (FIRST NAME)

SMITH (MAIDEN NAME)

JOHNSON (NEW MARRIED SURNAME; HUSBAND'S SURNAME

"JANE SMITH" enters on K-1, we get her a SSN in her that name.

We got married. (YAY!!!)

We apply for SSN in "JANE SMITH JOHNSON", but got the new SSN card as "JANE JOHNSON". They eliminated her surname to middle name change (SMITH as middle name).

SS office confirmed it was an error in processing, and our paperwork was correct. Went to the SS office to fix this, and they said it didn't go through Immigration, and sent a request to change it. He said names are linked (so what's on passport vs. marriage license, etc.) and Middle names are not considered "legal" names, which I know is also true.

MY PROBLEM:

1) SS office submitted to Imigration, and said it "should" be OK. For a response, it'll take a few days electronically or 30 days via mail. If 30, it'll be close to her K-1 expiring, and we want to file for AOS A.S.A.P.

2) We did her I-693 vaccines today, and the doctor started the paperwork as JANE SMITH JOHNSON, which she isn't yet (technically?)

MY QUESTIONS:

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So, fake names for my example's sake...

JANE (FIRST NAME)

SMITH (MAIDEN NAME)

JOHNSON (NEW MARRIED SURNAME; HUSBAND'S SURNAME

"JANE SMITH" enters on K-1, we get her a SSN in her that name.

We got married. (YAY!!!)

We apply for SSN in "JANE SMITH JOHNSON", but got the new SSN card as "JANE JOHNSON". They eliminated her surname to middle name change (SMITH as middle name).

SS office confirmed it was an error in processing, and our paperwork was correct. Went to the SS office to fix this, and they said it didn't go through Immigration, and sent a request to change it. He said names are linked (so what's on passport vs. marriage license, etc.) and Middle names are not considered "legal" names, which I know is also true.

MY PROBLEM:

1) SS office submitted to Imigration, and said it "should" be OK. For a response, it'll take a few days electronically or 30 days via mail. If 30, it'll be close to her K-1 expiring, and we want to file for AOS A.S.A.P.

2) We did her I-693 vaccines today, and the doctor started the paperwork as JANE SMITH JOHNSON, which she isn't yet (technically?)

MY QUESTIONS:

1)

My Chinese wife only has First and Last name (and no middle name),

and we also plan to use her maiden name as middle name in the future.

However, we decided to not complicate the crucial Green Card processing

and cause possible confusion and complication.

Therefore, we've postponed to doing this perhaps after she gets the 10 year GC

or during the USC processing.

Since she has limited US records, it won't be too difficult to change names later,

especially if its adding middle name, which is sometimes omitted in many documents anyway.


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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The SS card does not actually control your name or name change. Your marriage certificate is your legal name change document for changing your name through marriage. You can begin using your new married name as soon as you are married.

SSN is not even required for AOS, so it won't matter that the middle name is not on the SS card when applying for AOS. Just fill out all your AOS paperwork in your new married name. List maiden name where it asks for other/maiden/previous names used.


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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I got married in PA, and the name on the certificate is her maiden name. You can't change it before that because you're not married yet, so you can't get her married name on the marriage license. I'm not sure how other states work, though.

The SSN is on all of the AOS/EAD/AP forms, so we use it. My concern is when they cross-reference the docs, then the names might not line up in the system and they could reject the applications.

I've read on VJ that people apply for AOS in the name they want on their green card, which may happen to be their new married name (if the wife so chooses to change her surname). It was not clear about the middle name, and I could not find much on people doing that with the Social Security office.

Regardless, I think we will probably file as JANE JOHNSON because we have our marriage certificate, and the SSN card already says that. The middle name is not used as a legal name, so we'll see what happens. If anybody has any better suggestions, I'm open to other thoughts...

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I got married in PA, and the name on the certificate is her maiden name. You can't change it before that because you're not married yet, so you can't get her married name on the marriage license. I'm not sure how other states work, though.

The SSN is on all of the AOS/EAD/AP forms, so we use it. My concern is when they cross-reference the docs, then the names might not line up in the system and they could reject the applications.

I've read on VJ that people apply for AOS in the name they want on their green card, which may happen to be their new married name (if the wife so chooses to change her surname). It was not clear about the middle name, and I could not find much on people doing that with the Social Security office.

Regardless, I think we will probably file as JANE JOHNSON because we have our marriage certificate, and the SSN card already says that. The middle name is not used as a legal name, so we'll see what happens. If anybody has any better suggestions, I'm open to other thoughts...

Yup, I didn't want to cause any complication with name mismatches,

but we did file AoS/EAD/AP using my last name,

and they sent us the biometrics letter using the new last name...

So hopefully, all goes well from here.


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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Many states do not list the name you will use after marriage. The marriage certificate is still the legal name change document for taking the husband's name after you marry. You can begin using your new married name as soon as you marry.

As for putting the maiden name as your middle name, I have seen plenty of those from the Philippines post about doing just that successfully. So, it is up to you on what name to use from now on and for AOS.


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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The SS card does not actually control your name or name change. Your marriage certificate is your legal name change document for changing your name through marriage. You can begin using your new married name as soon as you are married.

SSN is not even required for AOS, so it won't matter that the middle name is not on the SS card when applying for AOS. Just fill out all your AOS paperwork in your new married name. List maiden name where it asks for other/maiden/previous names used.

Can someone maybe help me? Here's my situation: let's say my maiden name is Mary Miller. That's what's on my birth certificate and passport. I never had a middle name or second first name before. My husbands last name is Smith.So then I married an filled in the AOS application like this: Mary as my first name, Miller as my middle name and Smith as my last name.

I got my greencard and everything was printed like I applied for.

When I tried to update my SSN they said even though the card was printed correctly USCIS had me in their system as Mary Miller Miller. So I send a letter to USCIS and they changed it. I went to SSO and DMV and got the SSN and my drivers license like I wanted it. Mary Miller Smith.

Thought: good. Done.

But NOW I got another letter from USCIS that they checked my file and they saw I never had a middle name on my birth certificate so they changed my name in their system to Mary Smith without my maiden name as my middle name.

What I wonder now is: I thought I could just apply in the name I wanted if I never had a middle name before??? I heard lots of people did it this way.

How do I get USCIS to take my maiden name back in their system? Will it be a problem let's say for traveling abroad that I have my name on all my documents differently than USCIS has me in their system??!?

Help would be highly appreciated. THANK YOU

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