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My fiancé wants to change his last name when he comes to the US. Is it possible for him to legally change his last name before we get married? Or, do we have to wait until we get married and change his last name while filing for the AOS?

How does this work?


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I believe he could use the marriage license as proof of a last name change, as long as the last name he's changing to is your last name.

If he wants to change his last name to something else other than yours, he'd have to go through the court system and I don't know if they would be okay with him immigrating into the country and immediately changing his name.


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On 1/11/2017 at 5:32 PM, EA & JL said:

My fiancé wants to change his last name when he comes to the US. Is it possible for him to legally change his last name before we get married? Or, do we have to wait until we get married and change his last name while filing for the AOS?

How does this work?

It may depend on the state. In KS, on the marriage license the applicants can change their names to any name (shared or not).  My Dominican husband dropped his second last name. I would change it on the marriage license and that way you can avoid extra fees.

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On 1/15/2017 at 4:03 PM, Daisy.Chain said:

It may depend on the state. In KS, on the marriage license the applicants can change their names to any name (shared or not).  My Dominican husband dropped his second last name. I would change it on the marriage license and that way you can avoid extra fees.

Thank you. I will look into that for my state. He wants to change his current last name to his mother's maiden name (last name) because his biological father was never in his life. Hopefully it won't be a problem to change it since it is still his family's name. 


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05/08/17--- Visa received ~ 06/08/17--- POE Fort Lauderdale ~ 08/05/17--- Got married.  (L)(L)

AOS TIMELINE:

10/03/17--- Sent AOS package (I-485, I-765, I-131)

10/04/17--- Delivered.

10/10/17--- Email and text notification of receipt

10/14/17--- NOA 1 hard copy received for all 3 petitions

10/17/17 -- Received letter for biometrics

11/02/17--- Biometrics

11/09/17--- Case is ready to be scheduled for interview

12/12/17--- I-765 & I-131 Approval Notice received :D

01/11/18 --- Notice of interview scheduled

02/12/18--- AOS Interview

02/12/18 --- Interview Approved!!! :D:dance:

02/15/18 --- Residence card mailed

02/15/18 --- Residence card received!!! Woo-Hoo!!! :D:dancing:

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7 hours ago, EA & JL said:

Thank you. I will look into that for my state. He wants to change his current last name to his mother's maiden name (last name) because his biological father was never in his life. Hopefully it won't be a problem to change it since it is still his family's name. 

No problem - he will be able to change it to anything he wants!

I know of a few cases where the husband dropped his paternal last name just to make things easier inn the US.

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