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Hi everyone,

 

I have a conditional GC now in my maiden name. I have to file ROC in August and have been wondering about changing my maiden and last name. The thing is, I already have 2 middle names. For example, Anne (first) Faith Love (middle names) Hope (maiden name). I know it's long, but it's normal in my country to have 2 middle names. So, is it possible for me to drop my two middle names and change it to my maiden name and then add my husband's last name when I file I-751 later? For example, Anne (first) Hope (maiden) Smith (husband's last name) instead of Anne Faith Love Hope Smith or Anne Faith Love Smith. Or, should I just bear with 5 names until naturalization end of next year, cause I don't want to drop my maiden name? I don't mind going to SSA, MVA, Bank, etc later on to change the name. Any information would be appreciated! 


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10/30/2017 - NOA dated

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The rules depend on the state you live in. Some states only allow you to change your last name when you get married, to change other names (first, middle) you then need a legal name change.  Research the rules for your state. 

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33 minutes ago, Lemonslice said:

The rules depend on the state you live in. Some states only allow you to change your last name when you get married, to change other names (first, middle) you then need a legal name change.  Research the rules for your state. 

I googled a bit about the rules in Maryland. Someone wrote she just went to SSA and told the clerk that she wanted her maiden as middle name without any legal process. So, basically I have to go to SS office first. I will google for more information to make sure. If the State is OK with changing your middle and last name through marriage, that means I can go with it, correct? Thanks!


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USCIS

02/09/2015 - Husband mailed I-130 package to USCIS

02/11/2015 - NOA1 e-mail received, Vermont Service Center

02/20/2015 - NOA1 mail received

07/09/2015 - Approved! NOA2 e-mail received.

NVC

07/17/2015 - NVC received

08/06/2015 - Case number assigned, submitted DS-261 and paid AOS bill

08/15/2015 - Received welcome letter

08/15/2015 - Sent AOS & IV package

08/19/2015 - NVC received AOS & IV package (scan date)

08/21/2015 - Paid IV bill

08/24/2015 - submitted DS-260

09/04/2015 - Case Complete! (16 days after scan date)

09/10/2015 - Got interview date - Oct 27, 2015

09/14/2015 - Received interview letter (P4) via e-mail

Embassy

10/02/2015 - Medical done

10/27/2015 - Interview in Jakarta

10/27/2015 - Visa Approved! Praise the Lord :dancing:

10/28/2015 - CEAC status changed to issued

10/29/2015 - Visa in hand!

10/31/2015 - ELIS fee paid

11/26/2015 - POE : Washington, DC

12/23/2015 - Green Card in hand. Thank you Jesus! :star:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

 

I-751 Timeline

10/26/2017 - Mailed out our ROC package to VSC

10/28/2017 - Delivered at VSC

10/30/2017 - NOA dated

11/13/2017 - Received NOA letter in mail

11/27/2017 - Received biometrics appointment letter

12/04/2017 - Biometrics appointment

08/13/2018 - Received 18 months notice letter

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6 hours ago, maniput said:

I googled a bit about the rules in Maryland. Someone wrote she just went to SSA and told the clerk that she wanted her maiden as middle name without any legal process. So, basically I have to go to SS office first. I will google for more information to make sure. If the State is OK with changing your middle and last name through marriage, that means I can go with it, correct? Thanks!

The other concern may be if you need to report the name change in your home country. For example, if you're maintaining citizenship/passport for your home country. 

For example, in Canada, if I changed my name in that way I would need to file a legal name change there, or else my Canadian passport wouldn't match my green card, which can be an issue for travel.


 

Is your timeline updated?


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My marriage certificate and my conditional GC have Anne (first) Faith Love (middle names) Hope Smith (new last names consist of my maiden name and husband's last name, no hyphen). Because my Vietnamese first name is so hard to pronounce, I've been using Love (old middle name as new first name) Hope Smith ever since I got married. I had no problem getting my SS card under Love Hope Smith.

 

When I filed for ROC, I requested to have my permanent GC as Love Hope Smith. USCIS issued me a new GC with the requested name with no hassles.

 

Recently, when I filed for N400, even though I had my GC under Love Hope Smith, I still had to officially request a name change. Later on, I was granted the name change by the US District Court on my Oath Date.

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On 5/18/2017 at 2:29 AM, nightingalejules said:

The other concern may be if you need to report the name change in your home country. For example, if you're maintaining citizenship/passport for your home country. 

For example, in Canada, if I changed my name in that way I would need to file a legal name change there, or else my Canadian passport wouldn't match my green card, which can be an issue for travel.

Yes, it's gonna be a bit tough with the passport cause the process is the same in Indonesia. I have to go back and do a legal name change there. I think I will just ask the Embassy to add my husband's last name in the passport, but still use (First) (maiden) (husband's last name) in the GC. I probably won't be able to do international traveling later on until naturalization.

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USCIS

02/09/2015 - Husband mailed I-130 package to USCIS

02/11/2015 - NOA1 e-mail received, Vermont Service Center

02/20/2015 - NOA1 mail received

07/09/2015 - Approved! NOA2 e-mail received.

NVC

07/17/2015 - NVC received

08/06/2015 - Case number assigned, submitted DS-261 and paid AOS bill

08/15/2015 - Received welcome letter

08/15/2015 - Sent AOS & IV package

08/19/2015 - NVC received AOS & IV package (scan date)

08/21/2015 - Paid IV bill

08/24/2015 - submitted DS-260

09/04/2015 - Case Complete! (16 days after scan date)

09/10/2015 - Got interview date - Oct 27, 2015

09/14/2015 - Received interview letter (P4) via e-mail

Embassy

10/02/2015 - Medical done

10/27/2015 - Interview in Jakarta

10/27/2015 - Visa Approved! Praise the Lord :dancing:

10/28/2015 - CEAC status changed to issued

10/29/2015 - Visa in hand!

10/31/2015 - ELIS fee paid

11/26/2015 - POE : Washington, DC

12/23/2015 - Green Card in hand. Thank you Jesus! :star:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

 

I-751 Timeline

10/26/2017 - Mailed out our ROC package to VSC

10/28/2017 - Delivered at VSC

10/30/2017 - NOA dated

11/13/2017 - Received NOA letter in mail

11/27/2017 - Received biometrics appointment letter

12/04/2017 - Biometrics appointment

08/13/2018 - Received 18 months notice letter

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On 5/18/2017 at 9:00 AM, Kim&Jos said:

My marriage certificate and my conditional GC have Anne (first) Faith Love (middle names) Hope Smith (new last names consist of my maiden name and husband's last name, no hyphen). Because my Vietnamese first name is so hard to pronounce, I've been using Love (old middle name as new first name) Hope Smith ever since I got married. I had no problem getting my SS card under Love Hope Smith.

 

When I filed for ROC, I requested to have my permanent GC as Love Hope Smith. USCIS issued me a new GC with the requested name with no hassles.

 

Recently, when I filed for N400, even though I had my GC under Love Hope Smith, I still had to officially request a name change. Later on, I was granted the name change by the US District Court on my Oath Date.

Thanks for the info! Did you have to pay extra for the name change? Or, it was free because of the N400?


Spoiler

 

xVozm5.png

 

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USCIS

02/09/2015 - Husband mailed I-130 package to USCIS

02/11/2015 - NOA1 e-mail received, Vermont Service Center

02/20/2015 - NOA1 mail received

07/09/2015 - Approved! NOA2 e-mail received.

NVC

07/17/2015 - NVC received

08/06/2015 - Case number assigned, submitted DS-261 and paid AOS bill

08/15/2015 - Received welcome letter

08/15/2015 - Sent AOS & IV package

08/19/2015 - NVC received AOS & IV package (scan date)

08/21/2015 - Paid IV bill

08/24/2015 - submitted DS-260

09/04/2015 - Case Complete! (16 days after scan date)

09/10/2015 - Got interview date - Oct 27, 2015

09/14/2015 - Received interview letter (P4) via e-mail

Embassy

10/02/2015 - Medical done

10/27/2015 - Interview in Jakarta

10/27/2015 - Visa Approved! Praise the Lord :dancing:

10/28/2015 - CEAC status changed to issued

10/29/2015 - Visa in hand!

10/31/2015 - ELIS fee paid

11/26/2015 - POE : Washington, DC

12/23/2015 - Green Card in hand. Thank you Jesus! :star:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

 

I-751 Timeline

10/26/2017 - Mailed out our ROC package to VSC

10/28/2017 - Delivered at VSC

10/30/2017 - NOA dated

11/13/2017 - Received NOA letter in mail

11/27/2017 - Received biometrics appointment letter

12/04/2017 - Biometrics appointment

08/13/2018 - Received 18 months notice letter

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