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Should a person change their last name from maiden name to married last name before filing I130 & AOS?


Sister has marriage certificate but since she doesnt have a SSN, she cant apply for ID, DL, or SSN.


Does she use married name on all documents? 

K-1 Fiancee Visa

11/10/16   I-129F Mailed to Lewisville TX Lockbox
11/14/16   I-129F Received date

11/16/16   NOA1 Date on Hard Copy

11/17/16   NOA1 Text & Email. Routed to CSC.
11/19/16   NOA1 Hard Copy Received

02/02/17   NOA2 Text and Email from USCIS
02/06/17   NOA2 Hard Copy Received 

02/15/17   NVC Received

02/16/17   NVC Processed & Case# Issued

02/27/17.  Ciudad Juarez Embassy Receive

03/04/17   Petitioner Receive- Embassy Welcome Letter

03/22/17   Beneficiary Receive- Embassy Welcome Letter

04/04/17.  NVC Letter (Mail)

04/05/17   Medical

04/06/17   ASC/Biometrics Appointment

04/07/17   Interview - APPROVED!!!

04/11/17   DHL tracking number  received  (Email)

04/27/17   Arrived at USA, Port of Entry-Portland Oregon

05/01/17   Applied for Social Security Card 

05/13/17   Social Security Card Received 

05/19/17.   Married!!!! 



Adjustment of Status

05/31/17.   AOS sent to Chicago IL

06/01/17   Chicago Lockbox Received

06/05/17   3 emails & 3 text received USCIS, I-485, I-131, & I-795

06/09/17   3 Paper NOA Received, I-485, I-131, & I-795

06/16/17   Biometric Letter Received

06/26/17   Biometric Appointment

07/19/17   USCIS email notification of Scheduled Interview

07/22/17   Paper NOA received for I-485 Interview

08/15/17   Interview 

08/15/17   Interview Approved

08/15/17   USCIS Email & text notice-Green Card in production

08/17/17. USCIS Email & text- GC mailed. Yayy!!!

08/19/17.  NOA hardcopy received- AOS approved!



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Hi, as far as I know you don’t have to change your last name unless you want to, but USCIS doesn’t require it. If the marriage certificate shows the new last name then you can put that on application forms.

the state I got married in doesn’t have a section showing new last name so I went the extra step of getting my social security updated. But my friends didn’t have to do that they just applied and marriage certificate was proof enough of name change 


hope that helps 

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