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N-400 Interview 3yr rule spouses name changed

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Hi,

 

I got the notice that I have been scheduled for an interview yesterday. Don't have the exact date yet, the letter hasn't been uploaded. I'm expecting it to be about a month from now.

 

I've been married to my USC spouse for nearly 8 years, and applied for citizenship under the 3 year rule. I could not apply under the 5 year rule as we lived in Canada first, I've only been a PR since 2015. 

 

My spouse is planning to change her name to take my last name, we booked time off work so we could do this well in advance. So she'll have changed her name about 3 weeks before my interview, which doesn't give much time for her to get new ID's, passport, etc. My spouse immigrated to the US as a child and her passport is all she has to prove citizenship. A copy of her passport was submitted with my application.

 

My question is this, at the time of my interview, could her recent name change cause a problem? I know sometimes the IO's ask for your spouses proof of citizenship during the interview, and I can bring her unexpired passport with her maiden name on it, and documents showing she changed her last name to take mine. 

 

I know, that it would probably make the most sense to change her name after the citizenship process is over, but its something shes been wanting to do for a long time and I don't want her to have to delay it because of this.

 

Thanks!!

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7 minutes ago, prolixus said:

I know, that it would probably make the most sense to change her name after the citizenship process is over, but its something shes been wanting to do for a long time and I don't want her to have to delay it because of this.

Agree.  Why unnecessarily complicate things? 


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Agreed with the above poster. While it may not affect al all in your citizenship approval, isn’t it worth waiting few months for name change (after having gone 8 years without changing name) than risking unknown number of additional months for citizenship processing delays in worst case condition.


Spouse:

2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

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2016-05-10: N-400 Sent

2016-05-16: N-400 NOA1

2016-05-26: Biometrics

2017-01-30: Interview

2017-03-02: Oath Ceremony

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Thanks for your input. It is something she really wants to do, and has time off around her birthday to do it. I know its an uncessary risk, but I really don't want to have to spoil that. I highly doubt there would be enough time for her to get a new passport with the new name for my interview, but would still have her current one. Do you all think this is a big risk in my application getting delayed? Thanks again!

 

 

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