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Hi everyone! I am the petitioner, and I am ready to start the process of changing my last name, but don't know where to start. Do I go to the DMV first or the SSA? What about things like leases, bank accounts, medical and vehicle insurance?

Petitioners, what has been your experience with this? Any recommendations for a smoother/streamlined process? :wacko:


 

 

**************AOS timeline*************************

(L) Married 05/23/2015 (L)

06/25/2015: Filed AOS ( I-131/I-485/I765)

06/29/2015: USCIS Received

07/07/2015: Check Cashed

07/08/2015: NOA1 emails/texts( I-131/I-485/I765)

07/13/2015: NOA1 Hard copies ( I-131/I-485/I765)

07/17/2015: Biometrics notice received

07/29/2015: Biometrics Appointment

09/04/2015: EAD/AP approved/ordered

09/09/2015: EAD/AP Combo Card Mailed

09/12/2015: Combo Card received

10/07/2015: Received NPIW letter

12/03/2015: Green Card Approved! (Card being Produced) :dancing:

12/10/2015: Green Card received in the mail!!!

 

**************ROC timeline*************************

09/16/2017: Filed Removal of Conditions I-751

09/20/2017: Check cashed

09/22/2017: NOA1 in mail (dated 9/19/17)

10/07/2017: Biometric notice received

10/16/2017: Biometrics Appointment

 

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Most minor institutions want to not only see the marriage certificate but a photo ID such as a DL. I will start with the SSN and DL and work myself from there,

what a pain in the butt it is :rolleyes:


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I-129F Sent : 3-31-2014, NOA2: 4-6-2014

NVC Received : some dinkelsberry yehoo in the house of clingons send our petition to the wrong consulate.

Consulate Received : July 30,2014 Transfer to right embassy complete.

Interview Date : Oct 22, 2014

Interview Result : AP , requesting another PC (not expired) and certified divorce decree (was submitted)Stokes interview via phone for petitioner 4 hrs after interview.

Oct 23 email notification visa approved.
Visa Received : Nov. 3 , 2014 VISA IN HAND.

US Entry : Nov. 21, 2014

Marriage : Dec 27, 2014

AOS send : May 12, 2015, received May 14, 2015 USPS priority

Email &text : May 18, 2015, check cashed May 19,2015, return receipt May 21, 2015 stamped USCIS Lockbox, NOA1 (3x) May 22,2015

Biometrics : June 1, 2015 letter received for appointment June 8, 2015, successful walk-in June 1, 2015

RFE : June 12, 2015 for income not meeting guideline. Income does ( ! ) exceed guideline.

RFE response : June 26, 2015 returned with a boat load full of financial evidence.

UPDATE: July 5, 2015 updated on all 3 cases, RFE received June 30, 2015.

Service request : Aug 12, 2015, letter received that it will be processed within 90 days from receipt of RFE.

UPDATE: Aug 24, 2015, EAD card being produced/ordered. ( 102 days from AOS receipt day and 55 days from RFE response received.) Thank you Jesus !

Emails : Aug 24, 2015, EAD approved, EAD card ordered.

I-797 EAD/AP approval notice received : Aug 27, 2015

EAD/AP combo card mailed : Aug 27, 2015, EAD/AP combo card received: Aug 31, 2015

Renewal application send for EAD/AP : May 31,2016 (AOS pending over 1 year). Received June 2, 2016,Notice date June7, 2016, emails,texts, NOA1 hard copy

Service request for pending AOS April 21, 2016, case not assigned yet.
Service request for pending AOS June 14, 2016, tier 2 said performing background checks.
Expedite request for EAD/AP Aug 3, 2016, Aug10 notification >request was received, assigned, completed. RFE letter requesting evidence for expedite, docs faxed Aug18

*Service request for I-485 Aug 3, 2016, Aug11 notification> request was assigned. Service request Dec 2, 2016.
AOS Interview letter received Aug 12, 2016

AOS Interview September 21, 2016.

Second Biometrics appointment letters received for EAD and AOS on Aug 15, 2016 for Aug 17 ( 2 day notice).

Second Biometrics completed Aug 17, 2016

Third Biometrics appointment letter received Aug 19, 2016 for Sept. 1, 2016. WTH ?!

EAD/AP (renewal) approval Aug 22, 2016, NOA2 received Aug 25, 2016

Renewal EAD in production notification text and online, expedite successful 4 days after RFE request response was faxed, Aug25mailed,Aug29received.

Sept. 21 Interview, 2 hour interview, we were separated and asked about 50 questions each for an hour each. IO was firm but professional, some smiles.
Several service requests made, contacted Senator and Ombudsman. Background checks still pending.
July 21, 2017 HOME VISIT.  Went well. Topic thread in AOS forum.
Waiting to skip ROC and get 10 yr GC due to over 2 year while pending AOS
AOS APPROVED Oct. 4, 2017 * Green card in hand Oct 13, 2017 !!!!!

First K1 denied after 16 month of AP. Refiled. We are a couple since 2009. Not a sprint but a matter of endurance.

 

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Most minor institutions want to not only see the marriage certificate but a photo ID such as a DL. I will start with the SSN and DL and work myself from there,

what a pain in the butt it is :rolleyes:

Definitely a pain in the butt <_<, that's why I've been putting it off, but I guess the sooner the better. I think I'll start with the SSA and go from there. Thanks

I don't believe the order of where to go first matters. Just have a copy of your marriage certificate and start tackling all of the above.

Ok, thanks.


 

 

**************AOS timeline*************************

(L) Married 05/23/2015 (L)

06/25/2015: Filed AOS ( I-131/I-485/I765)

06/29/2015: USCIS Received

07/07/2015: Check Cashed

07/08/2015: NOA1 emails/texts( I-131/I-485/I765)

07/13/2015: NOA1 Hard copies ( I-131/I-485/I765)

07/17/2015: Biometrics notice received

07/29/2015: Biometrics Appointment

09/04/2015: EAD/AP approved/ordered

09/09/2015: EAD/AP Combo Card Mailed

09/12/2015: Combo Card received

10/07/2015: Received NPIW letter

12/03/2015: Green Card Approved! (Card being Produced) :dancing:

12/10/2015: Green Card received in the mail!!!

 

**************ROC timeline*************************

09/16/2017: Filed Removal of Conditions I-751

09/20/2017: Check cashed

09/22/2017: NOA1 in mail (dated 9/19/17)

10/07/2017: Biometric notice received

10/16/2017: Biometrics Appointment

 

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I started with SSN. DMV wanted a copy of DL , SS card and marriage cert. SS only wants the marriage certificate. Everything else was easy after that.

Edited by marleym

Married in Nigeria: 12/23/2014

I-130 Sent: 1/27/2015

I-130 NOA1: 1/29/2015

I-130 Approved: 6/1/2015

NVC Received: 6/16/2015

Received DS-261 / AOS Bill: 6/29/2015

Submitted DS-261: 6/29/2015

Paid AOS Bill: 7/6/2015

AOS Bill Posted: 7/9/2015

Received IV Bill: 6/29/2015

Paid IV Bill: 7/6/2015

IV Bill Posted: 7/9/2015

Sent AOS Package: 7/20/2015

Sent IV Package: 7/20/2015

NVC Received: 7/21/2015

Received Checklist : 8/10/2015

(Missed P/C - Was told by operator to send package without it and a letter of explanation as to why we didn't have it; also told that case could be forwarded without it - LIE)

Sent Police Certificates (SD): 8/19/2015 & 8/28/2015

Case Completed at NVC: 10/30/2015

Received Instructions and Interview appointment letter: 12/3/2015

Medical Exam: 1/20/2016

Medical Results: Picked up 1/22/2016

Interview Date: 1/28/2016

Interview Result: Administrative Processing

Visa Received: 2/12/2016

US Entry: 2/14/2016

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SSN first definitely, to change your name on other stuff they always want the SSC with the new name on it. In New York the DMV wanted me to change my name on the registration and title of the car before they'd change my name on the license (those instructions were NOWHERE on the info page). I hardly had time to go into the DMV when I went, so...that's still on the backburner. You definitely want to check if this also applies in your state.


K-1

I-129F NOA1 => NOA2: 161 days

NOA2 => Interview: 64 days

AP: 33 days

Total: 258 days

AOS

I-485 NOA => GC: 333 days

No Interview

ROC

07/30/2017: Package Sent

08/01/2017: NOA

09/07/2017: Biometrics

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I started with SSN. DMV wanted a copy of DL , SS card and marriage cert. SS only wants the marriage certificate. Everything else was easy after that.

Thanks.

SSN first definitely, to change your name on other stuff they always want the SSC with the new name on it. In New York the DMV wanted me to change my name on the registration and title of the car before they'd change my name on the license (those instructions were NOWHERE on the info page). I hardly had time to go into the DMV when I went, so...that's still on the backburner. You definitely want to check if this also applies in your state.

Thanks! I'll definitely look into that.


 

 

**************AOS timeline*************************

(L) Married 05/23/2015 (L)

06/25/2015: Filed AOS ( I-131/I-485/I765)

06/29/2015: USCIS Received

07/07/2015: Check Cashed

07/08/2015: NOA1 emails/texts( I-131/I-485/I765)

07/13/2015: NOA1 Hard copies ( I-131/I-485/I765)

07/17/2015: Biometrics notice received

07/29/2015: Biometrics Appointment

09/04/2015: EAD/AP approved/ordered

09/09/2015: EAD/AP Combo Card Mailed

09/12/2015: Combo Card received

10/07/2015: Received NPIW letter

12/03/2015: Green Card Approved! (Card being Produced) :dancing:

12/10/2015: Green Card received in the mail!!!

 

**************ROC timeline*************************

09/16/2017: Filed Removal of Conditions I-751

09/20/2017: Check cashed

09/22/2017: NOA1 in mail (dated 9/19/17)

10/07/2017: Biometric notice received

10/16/2017: Biometrics Appointment

 

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