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My spouse has an IR-1 visa interview coming up soon. The embassy insists that the name used for the visa must match the machine readable line in the passport. This will be the second time my spouse applies for US permanent residence. The first time was before machine readable passports, so the Scandinavian vowel ø in the last name was simply replaced by an o. There are now over 20 years of records in the US under the Americanized name. The Swedish embassy insists that regulations state that the vowel must be spelled out as oe to match the machine readable line on the passport and to do otherwise would cause problems with entry into the US.

Documentation was sent to the NVC indicating why it was important to spell my spouse's last name the American way. The information on the CEAC site was upated, so we thought all would be fine. When the embassy sent an interview confirmation email, we noted the extra e in the name. The email responses have been insistent that the only way to drop the e would be to have the Danish passport changed. Doesn't seem like a real option as my spouse is not going to make a legal name change.

My questions to those that have gone before us:

1. Will a name spelling difference between the visa/future green card and the existing social security card cause any problems?

2. If by some miracle we can convince the embassy to use the Americanized name on the visa, will we have trouble with CBP every time we travel?

If anyone else has dealt with various name spellings on US documents, I would love to hear about your experience.


26/09/2014 - Mailed I-130
30/09/2014 - I-130 delivered
01/10/2014 - Received at Chicago Lockbox
03/10/2014 - NOA1
06/10/2014 - NOA1 Email
13/10/2014 - NOA1 by mail

17/11/2014 - Petition Approved!

18/11/2014 - NOA2 Email

24/11/2014 - NOA2 by mail


06/12/2014 - Case received at NVC

13/01/2015 - NVC Case number assigned (38 days)

14/01/2015 - NVC Welcome email received

15/01/2015 - AOS fee paid

15/01/2015 - DS-261 completed

21/01/2015 - AOS/IV documents mailed

03/02/2015 - Documents delivered/NVC scan date

05/02/2015 - 'Documents received' email (review > 60 days)

26/02/2015 - IV fee invoiced (42 days after DS-261 completed)

27/02/2015 - IV fee paid

02/03/2015 - IV fee processed/DS-260 available

07/03/2015 - DS-260 completed

18/03/2015 - Case Completed at NVC (43 days after scan date)

25/03/2015 - Case Complete email received

26/03/2015 - Interview(P4) email received (dated 25/3)


30/03/2015 - Visa Status: Case in Transit to Consular Section

31/03/2015 - Visa Status: Ready

10/04/2015 - Appointment Notice email from U.S. Embassy in Stockholm

19/05/2015 - Interview: approved

>>> CEAC visa status updates: 19/05-Ready, 20/05-Administrative Processing, 21/05-Issued

26/05/2015 - Visa received

29/07/2015 - POE

>>> I-90 journey for name error begun 09/09/2015: 15/09-NOA1, 08/10- Biometrics appointment, 26/08/2016 Corrected Green Card received

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