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11 minutes ago, Georgia16 said:

Your two friends.

They did go to the ss office within 2 weeks of entering the US on a k1 visa. So their i94 was well more than 14 days valid. Its Just unfortunate, like @usmsbow said, some employees are ignorant. More so even the manager was ignorant of their own office's policies. Even when person printed out the policies on their website, manager refused to give an ss number. ☹

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-=AOS/EAD/AP TImeline=-

Sept. 7, 2017 - Marriage

Oct. 6, 2017 - Case Received

Oct. 10, 2017 - Biometrics Fee Received/ NOA1 E-receipt notification received

Nov. 9, 2017 - Biometrics Appointment

Dec. 20, 2017 - EAD/AP approved

Jan. 4, 2018 - "Interview is being scheduled"

March 5, 2019 - Interview scheduled

April 8, 2019 - Interview and approved

April 11, 2019 - Card mailed to me

 

Spoiler

 

-=K1 Timeline=-

Nov. 14, 2016 I-129F sent

May 30, 2017 INTERVIEW *Approved!*

June 2, 2017 Visa Issued

June 5, 2017 Visa on hand

August 8, 2017 POE SFO 

 

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2 minutes ago, Scandi said:

It's only the knowledge between SSAs that differ. Some SSA employees aren't smart enough to figure it out, while others know perfectly well that it's fine to have the name on the SSC changed based on the marriage certificate.

 

I got my SSN in my maiden name since we weren't married yet (I applied for my SSN 4 days after I arrived in the US), then after we got married and I received the marriage certificate I took it with me to the SSA and had the name changed on my SSC. Easy and fast, had the new card in the mailbox just 4 days later. Yes, this all happened in California and before I had even filed for my AOS

 

It was out of the question for me to not take my husband's name and only 3 months after the marriage I had changed my name everywhere (also in my home country of course) and had my new passport in married name etc. It was well worth it and not as difficult as some want it to seem like.

You're very lucky then!


-=AOS/EAD/AP TImeline=-

Sept. 7, 2017 - Marriage

Oct. 6, 2017 - Case Received

Oct. 10, 2017 - Biometrics Fee Received/ NOA1 E-receipt notification received

Nov. 9, 2017 - Biometrics Appointment

Dec. 20, 2017 - EAD/AP approved

Jan. 4, 2018 - "Interview is being scheduled"

March 5, 2019 - Interview scheduled

April 8, 2019 - Interview and approved

April 11, 2019 - Card mailed to me

 

Spoiler

 

-=K1 Timeline=-

Nov. 14, 2016 I-129F sent

May 30, 2017 INTERVIEW *Approved!*

June 2, 2017 Visa Issued

June 5, 2017 Visa on hand

August 8, 2017 POE SFO 

 

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Just now, audacieux89 said:

They did go to the ss office within 2 weeks of entering the US on a k1 visa. So their i94 was well more than 14 days valid. Its Just unfortunate, like @usmsbow said, some employees are ignorant. More so even the manager was ignorant of their own office's policies. Even when person printed out the policies on their website, manager refused to give an ss number. ☹

Exactly so it's not that he can't go with the marriage certificate or in their case with the K-1 visa it's the employees there aren't trained proporly this is also the case at the DMW! 


K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                                AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/08/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                       

 

ROC from K-1 + K-2:

12/08/18....ROC window opens

12/13/18....I-751 mailed to Lewisville, TX

12/14/18....Delivered at Lewisville, TX

12/20/18....Text with case number. TX service center

12/24/18....NOA1/Extension letter received

 

 

 

 

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I am getting confused again.

 

Here is what I have done so far:

Married my K1 Fiance

Obtained a SSN with her maiden name because the SS Office told me the name has to match her visa.

 

What I want is to change her last name to my last name, so what should I do going forward? I still need to get the work permit as well as do the AOS for the green card/permanent residence. 

1) Since she has a SSN now, can we go back to the SS Office and request a name change solely with just the marriage certificate? This should allow me to fill out all other applications with her marriage name. or

2) Apply for the other applications with the name I want her to have (marriage name), and change the SS Card later.  or

3) Apply for the other applications with the same name on the SS Card and do a name change after everything has been approved? 

 

Thanks, 

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2 minutes ago, Jmoses said:

I am getting confused again.

 

Here is what I have done so far:

Married my K1 Fiance

Obtained a SSN with her maiden name because the SS Office told me the name has to match her visa.

 

What I want is to change her last name to my last name, so what should I do going forward? I still need to get the work permit as well as do the AOS for the green card/permanent residence. 

1) Since she has a SSN now, can we go back to the SS Office and request a name change solely with just the marriage certificate? This should allow me to fill out all other applications with her marriage name. or

2) Apply for the other applications with the name I want her to have (marriage name), and change the SS Card later.  or

3) Apply for the other applications with the same name on the SS Card and do a name change after everything has been approved? 

 

Thanks, 

1. It's always worth a try, some are lucky some aren't. Either way, you fill out all AOS/EAD/AP related stuff in her married name anyway so she can get all the documents in her married name (to USCIS the marriage certificate is proof enough of legal name change), once she receives her EAD in her married name you can go back to the SSA and have her name changed on the SS card (if you had no luck changing her name prior to that).

 

2. Yes, nevermind the SS card, just file for AOS/EAD/AP in married name.

 

3. You don't want that. It'll cost you about $500 to hve the name changed on the greencard if you insist on filing in maiden name. Just file in married name and save you that extra cost.


K-1: 12-22-2015 - 09-07-2016 (260 days)

AP: 12-20-2016 - 04-07-2017 (108 days)

EAD: 01-18-2017 - 05-30-2017 (132 days)

AOS: 12-20-2016 - 07-26-2017 (217 days)

 

ROC:

04-19-2019 - Earliest filing date

04-22-2019 - I-751 sent with USPS (AZ lockbox)

04-24-2019 - Delivered/Received date

04-30-2019 - Check cashed

04-30-2019 - NOA1 text/email (WAC)

05-03-2019 - NOA1 hardcopy/extension letter

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13 minutes ago, Jmoses said:

I am getting confused again.

 

Here is what I have done so far:

Married my K1 Fiance

Obtained a SSN with her maiden name because the SS Office told me the name has to match her visa.

 

What I want is to change her last name to my last name, so what should I do going forward? I still need to get the work permit as well as do the AOS for the green card/permanent residence. 

1) Since she has a SSN now, can we go back to the SS Office and request a name change solely with just the marriage certificate? This should allow me to fill out all other applications with her marriage name. or

2) Apply for the other applications with the name I want her to have (marriage name), and change the SS Card later.  or

3) Apply for the other applications with the same name on the SS Card and do a name change after everything has been approved? 

 

Thanks, 

Let me share with you exactly how i did my name change. I came on a K1 visa too and a day after i arrived I got my ssn in my maiden name. I also got bank accounts in my maiden name.

 

- when i filled out my AOS/EAD/AP application forms, i filled it out with my new married name, and included a copy of marriage certificate (among other things) as proof of name change. side note, the forms ask you to list all your previous names, so i listed my maiden name there too. 

- USCIS recently released an new edition of the EAD form. in that updated form, they have a section that asks whether you already have an ssn or not and if you do have one already, to list it and to specify if you want a new card mailed to you. since i already have an ssn in my maiden name, i listed my ssn and said yes to the new card (which should hopefully come with my new married name already, saving me a trip to the ss office).

- i applied for a driver's license. i live in VA. they allowed me to apply for the DL in my married name but i have to show them a copy of my marriage certificate.

 

the NOAs for my AOS/EAD/AP came with my married name already. so from the day I received those, I have been writing / using / signing using my married name.

 

hope this helps you.

Edited by iamdegie

I-129F     17-Feb Petition sent via FedEx ~ 21-Feb Case received ~ 24-Feb NOA1 ~ 30-May NOA2 12-Jun NVC received / Case and Invoice numbers assigned ~ 20-Jun NVC left

K1 Visa   28-Jun Case ready (No packet 3 received) ~ 22-Jul Medical ~ 02-Aug Interview (APPROVED!) ~ 03-Aug Visa "Issued" ~ 08-Aug VOH ~ 14-Sep POE (Abu Dhabi) ~ 01-Oct Got married! 

EAD/AP   13-Oct Application sent via FedEx ~ 17-Oct Case received ~ 25-Oct NOA1 ~ 17-Nov Biometrics ~ 09-Jan Approved ~ 13-Jan Notice received ~ 18-Jan Combo card received

AOS         13-Oct Application sent via FedEx ~ 17-Oct Case received ~ 24-Oct Fingerprint fee received ~ 25-Oct NOA1 ~ 17-Nov Biometrics ~ 23-Nov Status "We are scheduling your interview" 

                 24-Jul-18 Status "We have scheduled your interview" ~ 28-Jul-18 Interview notice received in the mail ~ 29-Aug-18 Interview 30-Aug-18 Status "Case was approved"

 

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1 hour ago, Jmoses said:

 

 

What I want is to change her last name to my last name, so what should I do going forward?

Does she want to change her name? It's 21st century, no need for men to claim ownership of women. If you insist on having the same name, changing yours will be less of a hassle. 

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4 minutes ago, Zzyzx said:

I agree it is a hassle.  But that's a mighty big assumption that changing a name has to do with "ownership".  It may surprise a lot of people but there are a lot of women who want to change their name.  In my case I asked my fiancée what she wanted to do, explaining it is a hassle.  She still elected to take my last name, because it gave her a sense of happiness and pride.  

You mean I don't own my wife now? I usually just let her out in the mornings, along with the pet cat


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July 22 - Text notification, #YSC Potomac
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15 minutes ago, Zzyzx said:

I agree it is a hassle.  But that's a mighty big assumption that changing a name has to do with "ownership".  It may surprise a lot of people but there are a lot of women who want to change their name.  In my case I asked my fiancée what she wanted to do, explaining it is a hassle.  She still elected to take my last name, because it gave her a sense of happiness and pride.  

Just because many women have internalized sexism doesn't mean that originally changing a woman's last name didn't mean ownership. It may not mean this nowadays but that's where it came from. The OP has said nothing about what his wife wants. 

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2 hours ago, Jmoses said:

What I want is to change her last name to my last name, so what should I do going forward?

When you got the marriage license, did she change her name on the license?


-=AOS/EAD/AP TImeline=-

Sept. 7, 2017 - Marriage

Oct. 6, 2017 - Case Received

Oct. 10, 2017 - Biometrics Fee Received/ NOA1 E-receipt notification received

Nov. 9, 2017 - Biometrics Appointment

Dec. 20, 2017 - EAD/AP approved

Jan. 4, 2018 - "Interview is being scheduled"

March 5, 2019 - Interview scheduled

April 8, 2019 - Interview and approved

April 11, 2019 - Card mailed to me

 

Spoiler

 

-=K1 Timeline=-

Nov. 14, 2016 I-129F sent

May 30, 2017 INTERVIEW *Approved!*

June 2, 2017 Visa Issued

June 5, 2017 Visa on hand

August 8, 2017 POE SFO 

 

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20 minutes ago, audacieux89 said:

When you got the marriage license, did she change her name on the license?

That has nothing to do with it. Our Marriage certificate also states my maiden name. The certificate is still a proof of name change if I wanted to.


K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                                AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/08/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                       

 

ROC from K-1 + K-2:

12/08/18....ROC window opens

12/13/18....I-751 mailed to Lewisville, TX

12/14/18....Delivered at Lewisville, TX

12/20/18....Text with case number. TX service center

12/24/18....NOA1/Extension letter received

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Georgia16 said:

That has nothing to do with it. Our Marriage certificate also states my maiden name. The certificate is still a proof of name change if I wanted to.

Of course it should reflect the maiden name. What I was pertaining to was if OP's spouse declared the name change on the marriage license. My marriage license and certificate has a portion at the very bottom regarding "NEW NAMES".

 

When we got our marriage license here in Alameda County in Northern California, the county clerk office officer said that name changes can only be made during the application of the marriage license. Changes could not be made after that. I would assume that if I did want to change my last name after purchasing the marriage license and the marriage ceremony, I would have to file an amendment to my marriage record, etc.

 

FYI you might find this helpful for your case @Jmoses http://statelaws.findlaw.com/maryland-law/how-to-change-your-name-in-maryland.html

 

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1. Identify and Follow the Correct Maryland Legal Name Change Process

Marriage

Tying the knot is the most common time for changing names. A large majority of women take their husband's name when getting married. Other couples will take one partner's last name, hyphenate their names together, or agree on some form of combined name.

Maryland recognizes all of these options. Anyone can take any name after getting married in the Old Line State. You just have to do so consistently and without any fraudulent or illegal purpose.

Once married, a copy of your marriage certificate will be sufficient to change your name with the Social Security Administration and the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.

http://www.courts.state.md.us/clerks/calvert/faqsmarriage.html

Edited by audacieux89

-=AOS/EAD/AP TImeline=-

Sept. 7, 2017 - Marriage

Oct. 6, 2017 - Case Received

Oct. 10, 2017 - Biometrics Fee Received/ NOA1 E-receipt notification received

Nov. 9, 2017 - Biometrics Appointment

Dec. 20, 2017 - EAD/AP approved

Jan. 4, 2018 - "Interview is being scheduled"

March 5, 2019 - Interview scheduled

April 8, 2019 - Interview and approved

April 11, 2019 - Card mailed to me

 

Spoiler

 

-=K1 Timeline=-

Nov. 14, 2016 I-129F sent

May 30, 2017 INTERVIEW *Approved!*

June 2, 2017 Visa Issued

June 5, 2017 Visa on hand

August 8, 2017 POE SFO 

 

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2 hours ago, audacieux89 said:

Of course it should reflect the maiden name. What I was pertaining to was if OP's spouse declared the name change on the marriage license. My marriage license and certificate has a portion at the very bottom regarding "NEW NAMES".

 

When we got our marriage license here in Alameda County in Northern California, the county clerk office officer said that name changes can only be made during the application of the marriage license. Changes could not be made after that. I would assume that if I did want to change my last name after purchasing the marriage license and the marriage ceremony, I would have to file an amendment to my marriage record, etc.

 

FYI you might find this helpful for your case @Jmoses http://statelaws.findlaw.com/maryland-law/how-to-change-your-name-in-maryland.html

 

http://www.courts.state.md.us/clerks/calvert/faqsmarriage.html

It varies from state to state. Here is VA for example, our marriage license does not have a part that asks for new names.

Edited by iamdegie

I-129F     17-Feb Petition sent via FedEx ~ 21-Feb Case received ~ 24-Feb NOA1 ~ 30-May NOA2 12-Jun NVC received / Case and Invoice numbers assigned ~ 20-Jun NVC left

K1 Visa   28-Jun Case ready (No packet 3 received) ~ 22-Jul Medical ~ 02-Aug Interview (APPROVED!) ~ 03-Aug Visa "Issued" ~ 08-Aug VOH ~ 14-Sep POE (Abu Dhabi) ~ 01-Oct Got married! 

EAD/AP   13-Oct Application sent via FedEx ~ 17-Oct Case received ~ 25-Oct NOA1 ~ 17-Nov Biometrics ~ 09-Jan Approved ~ 13-Jan Notice received ~ 18-Jan Combo card received

AOS         13-Oct Application sent via FedEx ~ 17-Oct Case received ~ 24-Oct Fingerprint fee received ~ 25-Oct NOA1 ~ 17-Nov Biometrics ~ 23-Nov Status "We are scheduling your interview" 

                 24-Jul-18 Status "We have scheduled your interview" ~ 28-Jul-18 Interview notice received in the mail ~ 29-Aug-18 Interview 30-Aug-18 Status "Case was approved"

 

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