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Hi, I have a question about changing my name once married. I will be applying to be a dental hygienist in California (after marriage), and in order to do so, I need my full name to be the name that matches all of my previous info (my diploma, exam results, etc). which would be my maiden name. I need a SSN in order to be registered as a dental hygienist, therefore would need my SSN to be my maiden name. Am I able to wait awhile to change my name and still get a SSN with my maiden name? I would just need to change my last name after receiving my license to work. I know it's more of a hassle to do it this way but it is necessary. Would I need to wait until after AOS to change my name? Or wait for my name change to file for AOS? I hope I am making sense! This is very far down the road but it has been something I'm thinking about. Thanks in advance,


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04/16/15: I-129f packet sent
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05/29/15: Hard copy NOA2 received
06/08/15: NVC received our petition
06/11/15: NVC assigned case #
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U.S. Embassy:
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09/23/15: Marriage

Adjustment of Status:
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10/06/15: Packet received @ Chicago

10/12/15: NOA1 received

11/06/15: Biometrics appointment
11/19/15: Case status "Ready to be scheduled for interview"

12/18/15: EAD/AP approved

02/10/16: AOS Interview

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You don't have to change your name at all if you don't want to. You can wait as long as you want and decide to change it later if you so choose.

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* How? Read my DCF London I-130 for CR1/IR1 Spouse Guide

* Removal of Conditions (RoC) via California Service Centre
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