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Hello, i would like some clarification on this issue we are having

I brought my now wife under a K-1 visa, we decided not to get her social security number until we got married, so when we had to go to get her social we could present our marriage certificate and get her social with her married name.

Well she went today and the lady in the social security office told her it was not possible at this time to get the social under her married name, because her I-94 was under her single name, she said it would be possible after she adjusted her status.

Does this sounds correct? i was under the assumption with our marriage certificate she could go and get her social with her married name.

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She is now out of status so you need to wait for the Green Card before you can get one which you can get along with (they ask if you have a SSN already and if not you can tick a box to get one), one will be sent to her in her married name once her AOS is approved. I hope this helps.


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This is common and why it is often suggested to get the SSN in maiden name, before or after marriage while the I-94 is valid.

Your timeline shows that your I-94 is still valid, so go back and apply for the SSN in the maiden name that matches her passport, visa and I-94. You can change it to the married name later, after you file for AOS/EAD/AP and have the EAD or green card in her married name.

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it sounds right. That's why I decided to wait to get at least my employment authorization with my married name because the SSN only takes names from a valid id with photo or the i-94. I took my passport and they suggested me to wait for my employment authorization to get my ssn under my new name.

For the AoS your wife needs to file all her paperwork in order to receive her new documentation under her new name.


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Well now I am confused because I ran into a similar issue. We got married quickly after I entered and I brought my marriage certificate when I applied for my social. They told me to come back once the social arrives in the mail, and I can apply to change my name at that time.

Sometimes I think the employees just don't know their own policies lol. We'll see what happens when I go back, the worst they can say is no.

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