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Name change while I130 pending

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Hello all!

When my husband and I filed our I130 petition, we wrote my maiden and last names together as current last name (First Middle Maiden Married, no hyphen). We were anticipating the fact that I was going to change my name (thinking I'd use both last names), and that I'd have my new passport by the time I take my interview. However, I since decided to only use his last name, so my name goes like this: First Middle Married. I've found threads on which name to file with, what to do if you file with your maiden name and decide to change your name, etc. but not for this particular situation.

My question is: should I notify USCIS that I'm not going by the name we put on the petition? If so, how should I contact them? (all I've found is ways to notify them of change of address, for example). Or should I wait until NVC, when I send a copy of my new passport, and they'll figure it out? 

I should also say that I'm a French citizen, so my passport has both names on it, specifying which one is the married name.

Thank you so much and good luck to all in this long process! 🙂

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Just use the new name when the case gets to NVC.  No problem.


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6 hours ago, pushbrk said:

Just use the new name when the case gets to NVC.  No problem.

Thank you Pushbrk :) so I should simply fill in the online forms with my new name and send a copy of my passport? Should I also send a copy of my old one?

 

This might be a silly question but where are the visas "created"? At the NVC or at the embassy abroad?

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10 hours ago, Aurora194 said:

Thank you Pushbrk :) so I should simply fill in the online forms with my new name and send a copy of my passport? Should I also send a copy of my old one?

 

This might be a silly question but where are the visas "created"? At the NVC or at the embassy abroad?

No need to send the old passport.  Visa are created at the Consulate AFTER the visa interview.  Your spouse will also complete an affidavit of support (not online) and use the married name for that, as well.


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2 hours ago, pushbrk said:

No need to send the old passport.  Visa are created at the Consulate AFTER the visa interview.  Your spouse will also complete an affidavit of support (not online) and use the married name for that, as well.

Thank you so much for your help :) we greatly appreciate it.

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