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Hello everyone! This is way too late to join and respond to this topic but I am currently preparing my I-751 (removal of conditional status on my green card). I am into great confusion if I have to legally change my name (file in the Family/Probate Court Department) so I can use my husband's last name or should I just assume it and write it on the form. Most of my friends from other states told me I dont have to legally change because I have our marriage certificate as a proof. I just want to be safe and sure/ So, if there is anyone who had the same experience...please help.

The reason I did not use my husband's last name, its because I was not able to change last name in SSS and my husband and I thought that its really important. So my conditional green card is my maiden name and all of my IDs - state ID, bank accounts, work and school records.

I really wanted to use my husband's last name because, we always have to explain we are legally married and I am using my maiden name due to immigration issues.

I am calling to all Filipinas, you know our culture in Ph, we make our unmarried last name to be our middle name. I want to do the same thing but when I called USCIS call center, the representative told me to send a court document that legally allows me to use my unmarried last name to be my middle name. So I thought, I really have to file for legal change of name including the use of my husband's last name.

But maybe, if I retain my birth middle name and use my husband's last name without having to change anything else, then I can just write on the form I-751 my birth given names-birth middle name-husband's last name?

PLEASE HELP ME.

Maria

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The above was split from an ancient thread in the AOS/Family-Based main forum.

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Hello everyone! This is way too late to join and respond to this topic but I am currently preparing my I-751 (removal of conditional status on my green card). I am into great confusion if I have to legally change my name (file in the Family/Probate Court Department) so I can use my husband's last name or should I just assume it and write it on the form. Most of my friends from other states told me I dont have to legally change because I have our marriage certificate as a proof. I just want to be safe and sure/ So, if there is anyone who had the same experience...please help.

The reason I did not use my husband's last name, its because I was not able to change last name in SSS and my husband and I thought that its really important. So my conditional green card is my maiden name and all of my IDs - state ID, bank accounts, work and school records.

I really wanted to use my husband's last name because, we always have to explain we are legally married and I am using my maiden name due to immigration issues.

I am calling to all Filipinas, you know our culture in Ph, we make our unmarried last name to be our middle name. I want to do the same thing but when I called USCIS call center, the representative told me to send a court document that legally allows me to use my unmarried last name to be my middle name. So I thought, I really have to file for legal change of name including the use of my husband's last name.

But maybe, if I retain my birth middle name and use my husband's last name without having to change anything else, then I can just write on the form I-751 my birth given names-birth middle name-husband's last name?

PLEASE HELP ME.

Maria

To change you middle name you have to go through the court, for the last name you don't. It is common to use the maiden as your new middle name in the PI but not here so they won't accept you just doing that without having it legally changed in court. Your choices are.....

Process everything in maiden name

Process everything with married last name. original middle name

Go to court have your name changed to whatever you want it to be...

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Maria,

I have the same situation like you, I came here using my maiden name.. On March 2015, we filed our joint petition I-751 using my married name although I'm currently using my maiden name in my green card, state ID, SSS because that's our legal name, I called the immigration and thats their instruction, use my married name, and there's a space on form I-751 that you will write your other names used.. When I got my NOA1, they addressed me using my married name.. Regarding your middle name, I followed our law in the Philippines, I used my last name (from my maiden name) so that my Philippine passport and my new green card are the same. When we travel, they check our passport and green card if they have the same name, I'm tired of showing my marriage contract..Lol.

I hope I give you some enlightenment. Good luck kabayan.

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