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Hi all,

My Fiancee wants to change her first name when she gets to the states since she has a chinese name and wants her english nickname as her legal first name.

Can someone who's gone thru the process confirm if we have our steps correct. We're hoping can get the court order name change complete before our 90 days are up for her K1 visa.

1. When my fiancee arrives in the US we will go apply for her replacement social security card. She was already issued one when she was here years before on F1 visa.

2. Wait for SSN card and file a change of name app with LA or Orange county courthouse for judges approval to get first name legally changed. Hopefully this won't take more then 4-6 weeks to complete

3. Make appointment with local county clerk office for marriage certificate ceremony. We can then file with the new legal first name, middle name and marriage last name since we have the court ordered name change.

4. After marriage file the AOS package, include photocopy of name change court order, and use the new full name on all forms

5. After receiving GC/EAD card go back to SSA office and file a change of name for a new replacement card that shows the new name

6. Go to Malaysian consulate to file change of name form to update the passport

K1 Visa Process:

12/6/14 - I129F petition sent to the USCIS lockbox via USPS Priority mail / 12/10/14 - Petition received @ USCIS lockbox / 12/15/14 - NOA1 Email and text message received

12/22/14 - NOA1 hard copy received / 1/2/15 - NOA2 Email received / 1/13/15 - NOA2 hard copy received

1/26/15 - NVC Mailed to embassy / 1/29/15 - Embassy received package / 2/25/15 - packet 3 received

2/26/15 - packet 3 mailed via POS Express / 3/10/15 - packet 4 received / 3/23/15 - Medical Exam

4/7/15 - Interview Date - APPROVED! :joy:/ 4/30/15 - POE @ LAX / 5/5/15 - Applied for SSN card

5/11/15 - Received SSN card / 7/14/15 - Married! / 7/29/15 - Marriage license/Certificate received

AOS Journey:

10/5/2015 - AOS packet mailed via USPS Priorty to Chicago Lock box / 10/7/2015 - Packet received at USCIS Chicago locked box

10/14/2015 - Received 3 NOA1 confirmation emails (I-485, I-131, I-765) / 10/19/2015 - Hard copies of NOA1 received (I-485, I-131, I-765)

10/23/2015 - Biometrics appointment letter received for 11/5 / 10/28/2015 - RFE text/email received for I-485

11/2/2015 - Walk in biometrics completed / 11/2/2015 - RFE hard copy received

11/7/2015 - RFE Responded via USPS Priority / 11/9/2015 - RFE Received by USCIS

11/12/2015 - RFE text/email NOA received / 12/2/2015 - AOS interview text/email received / 12/4/2015 - AOS Interview hard copy received

12/21/2015 - EAD/AP NOA 1 text/email approval received / 12/24/2015 - Combo Card received in mail via USPS Priortity Mail / 12/26/2015 EAD/AP NOA1 Hard copy received

1/8/2016 - AOS Interview scheduled (rescheduled)

2/22/2016 - AOS Interview rescheduled date

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