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Hi all,

 

I am planning to get married in Colorado next month.  In filing my I-485, I am planning to put my husband last name as my current last name.
Let's say my name is Alpha Bravo Charlie and my husband name is Echo Delta Foxtrout.
1. Can I put Alpha Bravo Charlie Foxtrout as my current name (#1)?
2. Do I put Alpha Bravo Charlie for "Other name I have ever used" (#2)?
3. If I have my foreign passport renewed after the wedding, but before the immigration interview, will it be a problem if my name in my passport is (still) Alpha Bravo Charlie?

Thank you very much for your help in answering my question.


Aug 2011 - Arrived on F1 visa

09/06/2015 Started exchanging messages

10/13/2015 We met in person

07/01/2017 We got engaged!

10/31/2017 We got married!

11/08/2017 AOS Package (I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131) sent via USPS - Chicago Lockbox

                      (Priority Mail - USPS autocorrected zipcode to 60680-4187)

11/12/2017 Package delivered (Delayed due to USPS mistakenly took it to 60624 and Veteran's Day) 

11/13/2017 Received Date (Priority Date)

11/21/2017 Received 4 e-mails & 4 text notifications (01:30 AM EST); checks cashed

11/28/2017 Received 4 NOA1 hard copies

12/09/2017 Received Biometrics Appointment Letter (for i-485 and i-765)

12/21/2017 Biometrics Appointment

01/08/2018 **I-765 and I-131 Approved** (61 days)

01/16/2018 %%Received combo card%% (tracking shows USCIS sent it on Jan 11 from MO, then Jan 15 USPS closed for MLK day) 

01/20/2018 Received approval letters for EAD and AP

09/20/2018 Received text 'Interview was scheduled' and interview notice will be mailed

09/27/2018 Received Interview notice by mail

10/25/2018 Interview day

 

 

Side note: I turned my maiden name into second middle name. In the combo card, my given name is First Firstmiddleinitial, however on the back of the card, they attempted to list my second middle name. 

 

My application package:

 

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15 minutes ago, ColoradoBeauty said:

Hi all,

 

I am planning to get married in Colorado next month.  In filing my I-485, I am planning to put my husband last name as my current last name.
Let's say my name is Alpha Bravo Charlie and my husband name is Echo Delta Foxtrout.
1. Can I put Alpha Bravo Charlie Foxtrout as my current name (#1)?
2. Do I put Alpha Bravo Charlie for "Other name I have ever used" (#2)?
3. If I have my foreign passport renewed after the wedding, but before the immigration interview, will it be a problem if my name in my passport is (still) Alpha Bravo Charlie?

Thank you very much for your help in answering my question.

Hey! I did the same thing, turned my two former last names as my middle names and included my husband's as my current last name. So yeah:

 

1. Yes

2. Yes

3. I don't think it would be a problem, as long as you have your marriage certificate with you in case you're going traveling. Just make sure that when you buy a flight ticket that the name on the ticket matches the name on the passport =)


Timeline (From J-1 visa to Adjustment of Status):

 

Juy 3rd 2017 - Got Married!

July 8th 2017 - Mailed AOS packet

July 11th 2017 - PD

August 14th 2017 - Biometrics Appt (for I-485)

August 21th 2017 - Biometrics (for I-765)

August 24th 2017 - Updated online for Case Ready To Be Scheduled For An Interview

October 16th 2017 - Advance Parole Approved (after 100 days)

October 20th 2017 - Received Advance Parole in the mail

November 16th 2017 - 'New Card Is Being Produced' (after 108 days)

November 25th 2017 - Received EAD in the mail

August 16th, 2018 - Status Changed to "Interview Was Scheduled"

August 25th, 2018 - Interview Scheduled For September 25, 2018

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2 minutes ago, izavox said:

Hey! I did the same thing, turned my two former last names as my middle names and included my husband's as my current last name. So yeah:

 

1. Yes

2. Yes

3. I don't think it would be a problem, as long as you have your marriage certificate with you in case you're going traveling. Just make sure that when you buy a flight ticket that the name on the ticket matches the name on the passport =)

Hi, Thank you very much for answering my question. :)

Just to confirm I understand you correctly, I am planning to do:

Last Name: Foxtrout

Middle Name: Bravo Charlie

First Name: Alpha

 

I am just worried/afraid they will ask about my reason to maintain my maiden name in my passport.

 

Did you file for GC first (I-130,I-130a, I-131, I-485, I-693, I-765,G-325a) before updating SS, DL, bank account, etc?


Aug 2011 - Arrived on F1 visa

09/06/2015 Started exchanging messages

10/13/2015 We met in person

07/01/2017 We got engaged!

10/31/2017 We got married!

11/08/2017 AOS Package (I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131) sent via USPS - Chicago Lockbox

                      (Priority Mail - USPS autocorrected zipcode to 60680-4187)

11/12/2017 Package delivered (Delayed due to USPS mistakenly took it to 60624 and Veteran's Day) 

11/13/2017 Received Date (Priority Date)

11/21/2017 Received 4 e-mails & 4 text notifications (01:30 AM EST); checks cashed

11/28/2017 Received 4 NOA1 hard copies

12/09/2017 Received Biometrics Appointment Letter (for i-485 and i-765)

12/21/2017 Biometrics Appointment

01/08/2018 **I-765 and I-131 Approved** (61 days)

01/16/2018 %%Received combo card%% (tracking shows USCIS sent it on Jan 11 from MO, then Jan 15 USPS closed for MLK day) 

01/20/2018 Received approval letters for EAD and AP

09/20/2018 Received text 'Interview was scheduled' and interview notice will be mailed

09/27/2018 Received Interview notice by mail

10/25/2018 Interview day

 

 

Side note: I turned my maiden name into second middle name. In the combo card, my given name is First Firstmiddleinitial, however on the back of the card, they attempted to list my second middle name. 

 

My application package:

 

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39 minutes ago, ColoradoBeauty said:

Hi, Thank you very much for answering my question. :)

Just to confirm I understand you correctly, I am planning to do:

Last Name: Foxtrout

Middle Name: Bravo Charlie

First Name: Alpha

 

I am just worried/afraid they will ask about my reason to maintain my maiden name in my passport.

 

Did you file for GC first (I-130,I-130a, I-131, I-485, I-693, I-765,G-325a) before updating SS, DL, bank account, etc?

Yeah, that's how I did it =) in terms of maintaining your maiden name on your passport, just say you're still working on updating it. I'm actually on the process right now of getting a new passport with my married name but I don't think it would be an issue for you at the interview or collecting the paperwork for the AoS packet if your passport is in your maiden name.

 

Regarding your last question, I filed the GC packet first but had updated my name for our bank account beforehand because it was a joint bank account. In terms of SS and DL unfortunately I can't update it without having my EAD so they're still in my maiden name. For the DL I was instructed by the DMV to drive with a copy of my marriage certificate in case I get pulled over or something. It's a bit of a hassle but just keep a simple copy in your wallet after you get married. Then when you get your EAD you can proceed to update the SS and then DL

Edited by izavox

Timeline (From J-1 visa to Adjustment of Status):

 

Juy 3rd 2017 - Got Married!

July 8th 2017 - Mailed AOS packet

July 11th 2017 - PD

August 14th 2017 - Biometrics Appt (for I-485)

August 21th 2017 - Biometrics (for I-765)

August 24th 2017 - Updated online for Case Ready To Be Scheduled For An Interview

October 16th 2017 - Advance Parole Approved (after 100 days)

October 20th 2017 - Received Advance Parole in the mail

November 16th 2017 - 'New Card Is Being Produced' (after 108 days)

November 25th 2017 - Received EAD in the mail

August 16th, 2018 - Status Changed to "Interview Was Scheduled"

August 25th, 2018 - Interview Scheduled For September 25, 2018

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8 minutes ago, izavox said:

Yeah, that's how I did it =) in terms of maintaining your maiden name on your passport, just say you're still working on updating it. I'm actually on the process right now of getting a new passport with my married name but I don't think it would be an issue for you at the interview or collecting the paperwork for the AoS packet if your passport is in your maiden name.

 

Regarding your last question, I filed the GC packet first but had updated my name for our bank account beforehand because it was a joint bank account. In terms of SS and DL unfortunately I can't update it without having my EAD so they're still in my maiden name. For the DL I was instructed by the DMV to drive with a copy of my marriage certificate in case I get pulled over or something. It's a bit of a hassle but just keep a simple copy in your wallet after you get married. Then when you get your EAD you can proceed to update the SS and then DL

Thank you for sharing your experience. Did you make the joint bank account after getting married?

 


Aug 2011 - Arrived on F1 visa

09/06/2015 Started exchanging messages

10/13/2015 We met in person

07/01/2017 We got engaged!

10/31/2017 We got married!

11/08/2017 AOS Package (I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131) sent via USPS - Chicago Lockbox

                      (Priority Mail - USPS autocorrected zipcode to 60680-4187)

11/12/2017 Package delivered (Delayed due to USPS mistakenly took it to 60624 and Veteran's Day) 

11/13/2017 Received Date (Priority Date)

11/21/2017 Received 4 e-mails & 4 text notifications (01:30 AM EST); checks cashed

11/28/2017 Received 4 NOA1 hard copies

12/09/2017 Received Biometrics Appointment Letter (for i-485 and i-765)

12/21/2017 Biometrics Appointment

01/08/2018 **I-765 and I-131 Approved** (61 days)

01/16/2018 %%Received combo card%% (tracking shows USCIS sent it on Jan 11 from MO, then Jan 15 USPS closed for MLK day) 

01/20/2018 Received approval letters for EAD and AP

09/20/2018 Received text 'Interview was scheduled' and interview notice will be mailed

09/27/2018 Received Interview notice by mail

10/25/2018 Interview day

 

 

Side note: I turned my maiden name into second middle name. In the combo card, my given name is First Firstmiddleinitial, however on the back of the card, they attempted to list my second middle name. 

 

My application package:

 

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35 minutes ago, ColoradoBeauty said:

Thank you for sharing your experience. Did you make the joint bank account after getting married?

 

Yeah but you can open one before that.


Timeline (From J-1 visa to Adjustment of Status):

 

Juy 3rd 2017 - Got Married!

July 8th 2017 - Mailed AOS packet

July 11th 2017 - PD

August 14th 2017 - Biometrics Appt (for I-485)

August 21th 2017 - Biometrics (for I-765)

August 24th 2017 - Updated online for Case Ready To Be Scheduled For An Interview

October 16th 2017 - Advance Parole Approved (after 100 days)

October 20th 2017 - Received Advance Parole in the mail

November 16th 2017 - 'New Card Is Being Produced' (after 108 days)

November 25th 2017 - Received EAD in the mail

August 16th, 2018 - Status Changed to "Interview Was Scheduled"

August 25th, 2018 - Interview Scheduled For September 25, 2018

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