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Basically the title, is this possible? 


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~~moved to working and travelling from AoS~~

 

For travel, book tickets in whatever form of ID you plan on using.  So domestic can be driver's license or green card.  But international should be in passport name.  Bring a copy of your marriage certificate if you do that.  


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Technically when you travel out of and into the USA, you are traveling on your green card and so technically the name on the airline ticket should be that of your green card. But you can do it the other way too — and global entry and TSA Pre won’t work.  

 

You should bring a copy of the change of name document and a certified translation. 

 

At airport security checkpoints that compare boarding passes to passports, you now get to fumble with your change of name documents too.  

 

When you enter the USA, you just need to present your green card to CBP.  The name in your passport doesn’t matter in that case.  

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23 minutes ago, USS_Voyager said:

Yes, just bring the marriage certificate or whatever legal name change document with you so you can prove that it's the same person.

 

 

15 minutes ago, NikLR said:

~~moved to working and travelling from AoS~~

 

For travel, book tickets in whatever form of ID you plan on using.  So domestic can be driver's license or green card.  But international should be in passport name.  Bring a copy of your marriage certificate if you do that.  

Thank you. I was under the impression that i cant do this.. Thats why I told my fiance that i won't be changing my name yet to married name because i just renewed my passport and i don't wanna waste it.. 


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2016 Jan 18 - became couple officially

2017 Sep 15 - met for the first time in person (Singapore to USA - 2 weeks)

2018 Feb 03 - met for the 2nd time (USA to Singapore - 2 weeks)

2018 Feb 08 - got engaged 

2018 Sep 01 - met for the 3rd time (Singapore to USA - 2 weeks)

2019 May/June - 4th meeting :goofy:

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2018 Aug 22 - I129f sent (DIY)

2018 Aug 29 - NOA1

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          2) petitioner's accidentally/stupidly committed DWI after i129f submission

2019 Jan 16 - NOA2 (140 days from Noa1 - No RFE)

2019 Feb 06 - case received by NVC (21 days from Noa2)

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2019 Feb 25 - case received by SG consulate

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24 minutes ago, Mike E said:

Technically when you travel out of and into the USA, you are traveling on your green card and so technically the name on the airline ticket should be that of your green card. But you can do it the other way too — and global entry and TSA Pre won’t work.  

You should bring a copy of the change of name document and a certified translation. 

At airport security checkpoints that compare boarding passes to passports, you now get to fumble with your change of name documents too.  

When you enter the USA, you just need to present your green card to CBP.  The name in your passport doesn’t matter in that case.  

This is WRONG and you are not right at all about this. The air plane ticket NEEDS to be in the name ON YOUR PASSPORT. This is a common mistake but one that can cost you even more fees when they change it or cause you to miss your flight. 

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18 minutes ago, ourjourney_pc said:

 

 

Thank you. I was under the impression that i cant do this.. Thats why I told my fiance that i won't be changing my name yet to married name because i just renewed my passport and i don't wanna waste it.. 

I agree with your decision to not change your name.  It was the same advice I gave my wife when we married. She nearly told the clerk to change her name on the marriage license and nearly had a heart attack thinking about changing her SS card and the years of hassle traveling.  

 

In my wife’s case, given in her country it is technically illegal for Buddhists to marry non-Buddhists it isn’t even clear that when her passport expires she would be allowed to renew it using my last name.  And we’d probably have to get our marriage certificate translated to Myanmar.  Myanmar to English to Myanmar translators are generally bad.  

 

Howofully she naturalizes  before her passport expires. Since Myanmar doesn’t allow dual citizenship this is fine.  

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24 minutes ago, Cyberfx1024 said:

This is WRONG and you are not right at all about this. The air plane ticket NEEDS to be in the name ON YOUR PASSPORT. This is a common mistake but one that can cost you even more fees when they change it or cause you to miss your flight. 

Didn’t take me long to dig up a counter example. This is one of those urban legends like Americans need passports to enter their own country.  Yes the TSA insists on boarding pass name matching the ID name. OP has ID that matches the boarding pass.  No one else cares.  

 

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/travelbuzz/1348214-passport-maiden-name-ticket-married-name.html

 

It’s up to the airline. Some airlines will ticket in one name and issue the boarding pass in the name as in the passport.  

 

Obviously when entering the USA, green card holders have provide their A number to the airline. And when they enter that in online check in, the name on the green card is also prompted for.  

 

I am in violent agreement that married immigrants should stick with their passport names.  

Edited by Mike E

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6 minutes ago, Mike E said:

Didn’t take me long to dig up a counter example. This is one of those urban legends like Americans need passports to enter their own country.  Yes the TSA insists on boarding pass name matching the ID name. OP has ID that matches the boarding pass.  No one else cares.  

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/travelbuzz/1348214-passport-maiden-name-ticket-married-name.html

Its up to the airline. Some airlines will ticket in one name and issue the boarding pass in the name as in the passport.  

Obviously when entering the USA, green card holders have provide their A number to the airline. And when they enter that in online check in, the name on the green card is also prompted for.  

I understand what you dug up on the internet and what you think is true. I can tell you from my own personal experience dealing with a US airline and a Philippine airline that this is the case. 

 

I made the mistake of doing this when we flew to the Philippines in 2017 and both airlines had me change the ticket to my wife's maiden name which was the name on her passport at the time. 

 

Also FYI Flyertalk is not a airline website it is another forum just like this one. 

Edited by Cyberfx1024

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CBP says --

 

Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) of the U.S. must present a Permanent Resident Card ("Green Card", Form I-551), a Reentry Permit (if gone for more than 1 year), or a Returning Resident Visa (if gone for 2 years or more) to reenter the United States.

 

United States (U.S.) LPRs do not need a passport to enter the U.S. as per 8 CFR 211.1(a), however, they may need a passport to enter another country. Please contact the embassy of the foreign country you will be traveling to for their requirements.

 

While CBP does not require the passport as noted above, the airlines may have their own requirements, please check with your airlines prior to travel. Also, travel documents for LPRs do not need to be valid for any certain amount of time. Your LPR card only needs to be valid on the day that you are entering the US.

 

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1191/kw/traveling outside of the US documents needed

 

Also, Americans are required to present their unexpired US passport when returning from international air travel.  There are some exceptions:

  • Traveler may present a NEXUS card, but only at designated NEXUS locations
  • Military personnel on active duty may be boarded without a passport if in possession of official travel orders and military ID
  • Merchant mariners may be boarded without a passport if in possession of US Merchant Mariner Card indicating US citizenship

Note that entry requirements are different for land or sea travel.

 

https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2017-Nov/carrier-information-guide-english.pdf

 

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