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Hi guys!

 

I didn’t change my name to my married name yet (got married in the US but since I don’t have a SSN yet, I couldn’t change it), and I also couldn’t change it in Brazil (they asked me to change in the US first). The point is that I intend to change it to my married name as soon as I immigrate, but I didn’t want my greencard to have my maiden name (since I’ll also change my passport to my married name, etc), and as far as I know you have to pay around 500 dollars to issue a new greencard.

 

I thought about to pay the immigration fee (the greencard one) after I my POE and after I change my name with SSN. Does someone has done like this? Would that work?

 

Thanks in advance for any help 😊

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The green card will come in the name that your passport shows. If you want it in your married name you need to change your passport before you get the visa.. No way around it. 

BTW you have nothing in the US to change so why they would want you to do that is weird. So just tell them you did and get the passport changed. 

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28 minutes ago, Ontarkie said:

The green card will come in the name that your passport shows. If you want it in your married name you need to change your passport before you get the visa.. No way around it. 

BTW you have nothing in the US to change so why they would want you to do that is weird. So just tell them you did and get the passport changed. 

I’ll need to take the apostiled and certified document by the brazilian embassy to Brazil to show I changed my name, and in the US, like i said, you can only change your name through the SSN.

 

I’ll change my name on my passport once I’m in the US for good and change with SSN. After that I’m authorized by the Brazilian government to change my name (I tried a lot to change it in Brazil but I didn’t make it. It would’ve possible only if we have gotten married there). I don’t want to have my passport and greencard with different names.

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Looks like you will either have passport and green card in different names or pay the extra fees to change the name after you get your GC in your maiden name. 

Paying the fee after you get your SSN will not issue your GC in  married name. Plus you may not get the SSN in married name as they look in the system for your visa name. Which will be your maiden name. 

There is no real process to change your maiden name to married name in the US. It's just your marriage certificate that allows it. 

 

I'm going to move your thread to your country portal as this seem to be an issue with your country. 

 

 

Edited by Ontarkie

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18 minutes ago, Ontarkie said:

Looks like you will either have passport and green card in different names or pay the extra fees to change the name after you get your GC in your maiden name. 

Paying the fee after you get your SSN will not issue your GC in  married name. Plus you may not get the SSN in married name as they look in the system for your visa name. Which will be your maiden name. 

There is no real process to change your maiden name to married name in the US. It's just your marriage certificate that allows it. 

 

I'm going to move your thread to your country portal as this seem to be an issue with your country. 

 

 

Actually people in Brazil discuss this on Facebook (please don’t move otherwise I won’t have any answers lol). I don’t think we have a thread here. It may apply to people from other nationalities as well

 

Actually the info I have is that I can change my name under SSN with my marriage certificate as soon as I have it. Our lawyer also confirmed. My issue is just the greencard under my maiden name. I know I can change it after I pay the fee, I was just thinking in another way to do it

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They may or may not give you your first SSN in your married name. They should but we have seen it on here all the time that SS office won't do it. They are not the brightest in the bunch. 

 

You cannot get the GC in your married name there is no way around this. You must change your passport before you get the visa or the GC will be in your married name. They cannot change the name after you enter or after you get your SSN. it will come in the name of your passport. Passport and Visa names must match. That is what your GC will arrive in after you pay the fee. It does not matter that you get your SSN in your married name, than pay the fee. All names need to match the original visa and passports. So GC will come with maiden name. Once you get your GC issued you can apply with another fee to get it changed or wait until ROC in 2 yrs to change it.

 


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~~Moved to General Immigration, from IR1/CR1 progress Reports.- As the OP is trying to find out if she gets her SSN in married name before paying the Visa fee if her CG will come in married name. Without changing passport name before her visa is issued.~~

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Citizenship for older 2 boys

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NOA/fee waiver 03/19/2014

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In line for Oath 06/20/14

Oath 09/19/2014 We are all done! All USC no more USCIS

 

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Also be careful with the changing, Brazilian laws are very strict and mostly will only let you add your husbands last name to yours, making your name much longer, which will most certainly cause you a lot of headache here. 


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36 minutes ago, p-ana said:

Also be careful with the changing, Brazilian laws are very strict and mostly will only let you add your husbands last name to yours, making your name much longer, which will most certainly cause you a lot of headache here. 

I already gathered info about it. As per the latest law, I can drop my last names (I have two and most brazilians have 2 or more last names) and add my husband’s one (what I’ll do), but I can’t drop first names.

 

I know that if I just add his name my name would be huge and won’t fit in any form or card

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31 minutes ago, D & T said:

I already gathered info about it. As per the latest law, I can drop my last names (I have two and most brazilians have 2 or more last names) and add my husband’s one (what I’ll do), but I can’t drop first names.

 

I know that if I just add his name my name would be huge and won’t fit in any form or card

That’s great then. My state doesn’t allow to drop any last names (I also have two), just adding the husbands. 


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07/16/2018: NOA1 received by mail with 18 months extension (notice date 7/12 and check cashed)

08/07/2018: Biometrics appointment letter received by mail (notice date 7/27)

08/13/2018: Biometrics appointment at east Hartford, ct

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