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Wife and I were married in U.S. chose to not change her maiden name to my last name

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Hello. My wife and I were married in the U.S. and chose not to change her maiden name to my last name. The main reason was when we were married I was ignorant and thought that if we changed her last name that it would invalidate her passport and other J-1 visa documents because there is a clause on her J-1 visa that says she can't enter the U.S. with the intent to marry a U.S. Citizen. That was 2 years ago and now I have submitted her CR-1 papers still bearing her maiden name as her preferred name.

Does anyone know if we'll we run into any problems on the Philippine or U.S. sides? Are they allowed to penalize us for making a personal decision to keep my wife's maiden name? I am hoping that it wont because I love my wife dearly and have not left her side since we were married. I would hate such a petty mistake to cause us troubles or invalidate anything.


I-612 Waiver of J1 Two Year Rule
12/31/2011 - Wife Entered U.S. on J-1 visa, Foreign Residence Requirement Applies
9/28/2013 - Married in the U.S.
7/23/2014 - NOA1 form I-612 for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement (Basis: Extreme Hardship)
8/8/2014 - RFE Received
11/14/2014 - NOA2 I-612 Waiver Denied, Could not establish hardship
12/15/2014 - Sent another I-612 packet to U.S. Dept of state (Basis: No-Objection Statement)
12/15/2014 - Sent in application to Philippines Govt. for No-Objection Statement
1/14/2015 - No Objection Statement granted
4 months of waiting - The Philippines Govt. forgot about us!!!!
5/8/2015 - After multiple calls and emails the No Objection Statement was finally transmitted to DOS
6/4/2015 - I-612 Waiver APPROVED!

IR-1 Visa
6/3/2015 - Sent I-130 to Phoenix Locbox
6/4/2015 - NOA1
108 Days of waiting
9/22/2015 - NOA2
9/24/2015 - Case sent to NVC
10/1/2015 - Case received at NVC
10/14/2015 - Case number assigned
10/15/2015 - AOS Fee Paid online
10/19/2015 - CEAC AOS Fee status changed to "Paid" - AOS and IV packets sent to NVC
10/27/2015 - DS-261 was reviewed over the phone
10/29/2015 - DS-261 confirmed complete (over phone) and IV Bill Received - Paid online immediately "In Process"
10/30/2015 - Scan Date
11/2/2015 - IV Bill marked "Paid" and DS-260 completed

12/4/2015 - Case Complete (need to bring 1 corrected doc to Embassy)

1/6/15 - Medical Exam Complete

1/19/2015 - Interview Date

1/22/2015 - Visa Received (yellow envelope damaged)

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I can't think of any potential problems.

Even if she becomes a naturalized U.S. citizen, and then reacquires her Philippines citizenship, she can use her maiden name on her Philippines passport.

Tahoma and Chinook's K1 story --->> http://www.visajourney.com/forums/user/57425-tahoma/

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Changing last names for married women is OPTIONAL. There's no penalty for choosing to keep her birth name.

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