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Hello, 

 

Does anyone know of any time an immigrant has been scrutinized for not changing their last name after marriage? I don’t mind keeping my maiden name and frankly would prefer to avoid the headache of changing it, but since I am an immigrant and my marriage is unlike most people’s in that it is being scrutinized by immigration, I'm wondering if it’s a bad idea not to change it? Anybody know? Thanks. 

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It has no effect.  So you are OK to leave your last name as is.


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Change it or not...that's a personal preference. It won't be an issue.


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My wife didn't....and will not in the future........no effect at all.....


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My wife chose to change her family name.  To be honest, it would have been less of a hassle if she had not, but as the other learnered members have said, it is a personal choice and should not impact anyone’s immigration journey.

 

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my wife didn't change hers either and after so much wait....(laughing) it took us only 8 month to get AOS interview. Waiting for the notice in the mail currently.

 

no it doesn't affect your immigration paperwork

Edited by Alabamak1

8/7/2017                    NOA-1

3/1/2018                    NOA-2

3/15/2018                  NVC case received

3/22/2018                  NVC case assigned

3/23/2018                  Consulate ready

4/11/2018                  Medical

4/17/2018                  Visa Approved

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5/23/2018                  Point of Entry ATL

5/24/2018                  Marriage license, officiant and certificate / applied for SS#

5/31/2018                  AOS/AP/EAD

6/7/2018                    email notification of NOA-1

6/11/2018                  NOA-1 hard copies for AOS/EAD/AP

6/27/2018                  Biometrics for AOS/EAD

7/7/2018                    ready to be scheduled for interview

7/11/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (email from USCIS)

8/22/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (same email again)

9/5/2018                     We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is getting boring!!!)

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10/22/2018                Card was picked up by the USPS

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Posted (edited)

Years ago, on flyertalk, I recall a hassle a couple had at YYC (CBP preclearance POE) who were married but had different last names. The CBP officer gave them a hassle, so they just told him they will be denying the USA the opportunity to receive their visit that day. 

 

My fiancee won’t be changing her last name (she actually doesn’t have a last name) to mine, and I don’t expect any hassles until she travels on her green card. 

 

But I do expect hassles.  

Edited by Mike E

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10 minutes ago, Mike E said:

Years ago, on flyertalk, I recall a hassle a couple had at YYC (CBP preclearance POE) who were married but had different last names. The CBP officer gave them a hassle, so they just told him they will be denying the USA the opportunity to receive their visit that day. 

 

visiting is different than immigrating. 


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10 minutes ago, NikLR said:

visiting is different than immigrating. 

As someone who went through YYC over 50 times as a green card holder, and dozens through most of the other preclearance stations around the world and Canada, I beg to differ.  

 

At preclearance POEs, CBP officers have essentially unchecked power over admitting anyone: visitor, immigrant visa holder, green card holder, or citizen. For example, another flyertalk thread from years ago discusses a USA citizen patent attorney who was told by a CBP officer in YUL that if he didn’t break attorney client privilege, he was not going to be flying to the USA that day.  

 

Married couples with different last names are unusual to CBP officers and so the likelihood of a hassle goes up. Just be prepared to drive to the USA from Canada.

 

As I am. 

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How would CBP officers know the marital status of anyone? I have a marriage-based GC but I could be divorced or widowed for all they know. CBP are only going to know you're married if you tell them. And you only need to tell them if you are specifically asked. I have only enteted the country once since immigrating. I wasn't asked anything personal such as whether I am married or not. They were only interested in where I had been and whether I had brought anything prohibited back with me. 


 

 

 

 

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Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, Mike E said:

As someone who went through YYC over 50 times as a green card holder, and dozens through most of the other preclearance stations around the world and Canada, I beg to differ.  

 

At preclearance POEs, CBP officers have essentially unchecked power over admitting anyone: visitor, immigrant visa holder, green card holder, or citizen. For example, another flyertalk thread from years ago discusses a USA citizen patent attorney who was told by a CBP officer in YUL that if he didn’t break attorney client privilege, he was not going to be flying to the USA that day.  

 

Married couples with different last names are unusual to CBP officers and so the likelihood of a hassle goes up. Just be prepared to drive to the USA from Canada.

 

As I am. 

CBP in Montreal have to see married people with their birth name all day, everyday, as it hasn't been legal to take your spouse name in Québec since the 1980s... 

 

Anecdotal evidence to anecdotal evidence, I didn't change my name and have yet to experience negative. 250+ entries to the USA, land, US airports, and preclearance in Canada and abroad. Zero issue entering other countries either. No fee, no hassle. 

 

 

Edited by Lemonslice

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14 hours ago, Mike E said:

Married couples with different last names are unusual to CBP officers and so the likelihood of a hassle goes up.

 

I have no idea where you get this idea. Are you a time traveler from the 1950s?

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no you do not have to change your name.

 

no one (CBP, USCIS, etc) cares if you do or don't.


5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

11/5/2018          NOA2 ❤️ no RFE's

11/19/2018        NVC Received file

12/13/2018        Consulate received/ ready to schedule interview

 

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