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My fiance is a Filipina, but also has Permanent residency from Japan as she was married for more than 10 yrs and lived there for 27 yrs. She has a Philippine Passport in her maiden name, and also a Phiippine Id Card with maiden name (as well as her Japanese Residency Card)  She arrived here in the USA on Dec 18, 2018 and we were married on the 31st. In Washington state the only way to legally make name change is to go thru the court and pay $150-200! This is even though she signed the marriage certificate with my last name, it does not make it legal. So if we want to travel to visit my mom here in the states, I assume she can just use her Philippine passport and either Japanese or Philippine ID Card. Once we make the name change how do we change her passport? Yes we do plan on filing for her Change of Status shortly. In meantime she will be getting a military Dependent ID card so I can get her on my insurance, and hoping they will issue in her maiden name for right now. I would get a lawyer but don't have the funds to do that so hoping I can get a little help here!  Thanks and if this is in the wrong forum feel free to move it to proper one.

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5 hours ago, fcchief said:

My fiance is a Filipina, but also has Permanent residency from Japan as she was married for more than 10 yrs and lived there for 27 yrs. She has a Philippine Passport in her maiden name, and also a Phiippine Id Card with maiden name (as well as her Japanese Residency Card)  She arrived here in the USA on Dec 18, 2018 and we were married on the 31st. In Washington state the only way to legally make name change is to go thru the court and pay $150-200! This is even though she signed the marriage certificate with my last name, it does not make it legal. So if we want to travel to visit my mom here in the states, I assume she can just use her Philippine passport and either Japanese or Philippine ID Card. Once we make the name change how do we change her passport? Yes we do plan on filing for her Change of Status shortly. In meantime she will be getting a military Dependent ID card so I can get her on my insurance, and hoping they will issue in her maiden name for right now. I would get a lawyer but don't have the funds to do that so hoping I can get a little help here!  Thanks and if this is in the wrong forum feel free to move it to proper one.

My suggestion:  change the name in the passport first.  

 

http://aganapcg.dfa.gov.ph/passport/new-passport-due-to-change-in-name

 

Then file AOS with the married name (as shown in the passport)

 

Thats what we did, and every document after that has been issued in my wife’s married name.

 

Drivers license had to match EAD card which matched green card which matched updated passport which used my last name from the marriage cert.

 

My wife is NOT filipina however I would assume that this process would work the same.

 

 

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