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My fiancé just arrived this past Friday on her K1 visa. After checking for her I94 (with no results), we realized that her first name and middle name were switched when they were entered into the system.


So instead of having her name entered like “First Middle Last”, it is entered like “Middle First Last”. This is also how it was written on the K1 visa. I presume they did it that way because they just read her passport and/or she was instructed to enter exactly as it appears on her passport in the visa application, because in her country, the passport lists names as “Middle First Last”. The original K1 paperwork had it like “First Middle Last” as is done in the U.S., but It appears the embassy did not print it on the visa as it was written on the I129f (I am assuming she must have filled it out with First and Middle names switched on the DS-160 or something). She did not catch it because that is how her name is normally printed in her country on her passport, and I did not see the visa itself before it was used.


Note, the Travel History section for when I enter either her name as "Middle Last" or "First Last" on the website shows her recent January K1 POE  correctly (I assume it tracks the passport number which is the same in both cases), but the recent I94 only shows up with the "Middle Last" version of her name
 

I worry that having an I94 under a different name (“Middle Last” instead of “First Last”) will cause issues such as RFEs when we apply for AOS, or issues applying for the SSN, as the names will not necessarily be matching if they check them. Should we go to the local CBP Deferred Inspection Site and get it fixed (and will they have a problem if we do it, because the visa was had the names switched as well), or will this not be an issue? 
 

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13 minutes ago, mc962 said:

My fiancé just arrived this past Friday on her K1 visa. After checking for her I94 (with no results), we realized that her first name and middle name were switched when they were entered into the system.


So instead of having her name entered like “First Middle Last”, it is entered like “Middle First Last”. This is also how it was written on the K1 visa. I presume they did it that way because they just read her passport and/or she was instructed to enter exactly as it appears on her passport in the visa application, because in her country, the passport lists names as “Middle First Last”. The original K1 paperwork had it like “First Middle Last” as is done in the U.S., but It appears the embassy did not print it on the visa as it was written on the I129f (I am assuming she must have filled it out with First and Middle names switched on the DS-160 or something). She did not catch it because that is how her name is normally printed in her country on her passport, and I did not see the visa itself before it was used.


Note, the Travel History section for when I enter either her name as "Middle Last" or "First Last" on the website shows her recent January K1 POE  correctly (I assume it tracks the passport number which is the same in both cases), but the recent I94 only shows up with the "Middle Last" version of her name
 

I worry that having an I94 under a different name (“Middle Last” instead of “First Last”) will cause issues such as RFEs when we apply for AOS, or issues applying for the SSN, as the names will not necessarily be matching if they check them. Should we go to the local CBP Deferred Inspection Site and get it fixed (and will they have a problem if we do it, because the visa was had the names switched as well), or will this not be an issue? 
 

I can't tell for you if it will be a problem or not, but the same thing happened to my mom. We're Vietnamese too. So on her visa,  entered in the "First name" was "Middle First" and "Last Name" as "Last Name". We did not do anything. She got her GC, SSN, her State ID, all the paperworks here in the US the same way. And I've been using that format for everything else, health insurance card and what not. We booked a flight to Florida, no problem.

 

So from now on, I just decided that she will have no middle name. Her first name will be "middle first".

Edited by USS_Voyager

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17 minutes ago, mc962 said:

I worry that having an I94 under a different name (“Middle Last” instead of “First Last”) will cause issues such as RFEs when we apply for AOS, or issues applying for the SSN, as the names will not necessarily be matching if they check them. Should we go to the local CBP Deferred Inspection Site and get it fixed (and will they have a problem if we do it, because the visa was had the names switched as well), or will this not be an issue? 
 

Personally I would not bother because when I was getting my social security 20 years ago they accepted what I said and issued it in my correct name which is different from my passport.

 

I have the exact same problem of switched middle and last names. In reality I have had one problem or another with my name from 1997 when I went to renew my passport before my first trip to the United States and it was botched. The USA always used the name exactly as in my passport, that was their rule repeated to me by several different consular officers. Actually mine is worse because not only were the first and middle names switched, the first name was misspelled (to a female name) and my name on my birth certificate (which omitted my last name) is different from the name on all my academic documents which is different from my passport.

 

It was finally corrected by the immigration officer fourteen years later when I was adjusting status. He actually joked and asked me who really are you, a spy? Ultimately it is a question of what are you comfortable with. Personally I am a person who does not agonize over details so I rolled with it. If you or your fiance are not comfortable, get it fixed. Peace of mind is priceless.

Edited by HonoraryCitizen

I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,

Neither are you here to live up to mine.

I don't owe no one no obligation 
So everything is fine, fine

I said, I am that I am I am, I am, I am

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53 minutes ago, mc962 said:

My fiancé just arrived this past Friday on her K1 visa. After checking for her I94 (with no results), we realized that her first name and middle name were switched when they were entered into the system.


So instead of having her name entered like “First Middle Last”, it is entered like “Middle First Last”. This is also how it was written on the K1 visa. I presume they did it that way because they just read her passport and/or she was instructed to enter exactly as it appears on her passport in the visa application, because in her country, the passport lists names as “Middle First Last”. The original K1 paperwork had it like “First Middle Last” as is done in the U.S., but It appears the embassy did not print it on the visa as it was written on the I129f (I am assuming she must have filled it out with First and Middle names switched on the DS-160 or something). She did not catch it because that is how her name is normally printed in her country on her passport, and I did not see the visa itself before it was used.


Note, the Travel History section for when I enter either her name as "Middle Last" or "First Last" on the website shows her recent January K1 POE  correctly (I assume it tracks the passport number which is the same in both cases), but the recent I94 only shows up with the "Middle Last" version of her name
 

I worry that having an I94 under a different name (“Middle Last” instead of “First Last”) will cause issues such as RFEs when we apply for AOS, or issues applying for the SSN, as the names will not necessarily be matching if they check them. Should we go to the local CBP Deferred Inspection Site and get it fixed (and will they have a problem if we do it, because the visa was had the names switched as well), or will this not be an issue? 
 

We has the same issue with my wife. We called the dept and they corrected it over the phone. Pretty easy process.


K-1 Visa Timeline

I-129F Received : 2014-08-29

NOA1 : 2014-09-03

I-129F NOA2 : 2014-10-07

NVC Received : 2014-10-30

Paid visa fee $265 : 2014-11-19

Submitted DS-160 Form 2014-11-19

Interview scheduled - 2015-1-22

Visa Issued and in Hand on 2015-1-31!!       

 

AOS Timeline

Mailed out AOS Package to USCIS to Chicago Lockbox with tracking and signature 2015-05-09

Received email and text notification of AOS package 2015-05-15

Received hard copy of NOA1's for 3 AOS packet 2015-05-21

Successful Biometrics walk in SF Field Office on 2015-06-03

EAD AP combo card in hand on 2015-08-04

Got email notification AOS interview scheduled on 2015-09-03

Green Card in Hand - 2015-10-14!!! YAY!!!

I-751 ( ROC )

July 8, 2017 mailed I-751 packet via USPS Priority Mail with Tracking #

July 10th, 2017 I-751 Package was delivered to PO Box to USCIS Laguna Niguel

July 12, 2017  Check cashed from CSC

July 13, 2017 Received NOA1 in the mail, NOA1 Dated July 10th

July 22, 2017 Biometrics letter received

February 26, 2018 case transferred to local office

August 17, 2018 Received new extension letter

September 19, 2018 Case transferred and new office has jurisdiction

September 24th, 2018 Received case transfer notice in the mail to Texas Center

October 17, 2018 Card in Production APPROVED!!! WHOO-WHOO!!!!:dance::dance:

NO RFE or Interview on ROC I751!!!

October 22nd, 2018 USPS tracking updated GC to arrive on Oct 24th!

October 23rd, 2018 Green Card in Hand!!

N-400

Dec 15th, 2018 Filed online and got NOA1

Dec 21st, 2018 Biometrics Appointment scheduled online scheduled for Jan 9th 2019

Jan 2nd, 2019 Successful Biometrics walk in

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