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Passport and Green Card with different surnames, what is your advice for travel?

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Hey!

 

I have plans to travel in the near future and it is somewhat time sensitive all of a sudden. Currently my passport and green card have different surnames listed as I have been unable to change my passport until just now. I initially would have had more time to do this from the US and have it here in time for travel but my timeline has been pushed up by a month. 

 

Have you ever travelled while your surnames did not match on these documents? Should I buy a one way ticket under my maiden name and have my name on my passport changed while home in Canada? Or is it best to just bite the bullet and submit my passport from the US and wait the 20 business days to get it back.

 

Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!

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Plane tickets in passports name. Use green card to enter the US. Bring marriage certificate in case.

 

 

this has been talked about a lot 


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33 minutes ago, p-ana said:

Plane tickets in passports name. Use green card to enter the US. Bring marriage certificate in case.

 

 

this has been talked about a lot 

Thank you for the quick response!

 

I guess I was just questioning if I should kill two birds with one stone and do it on my trip but if it’s as easy as just travelling with my marriage certificate then that seems the route to go. Travel always concerns me with stories of people not getting back in. 

 

Alternatively I’m assuming if I cross the border by land aka drive it would be just the same, right? 

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55 minutes ago, TLRight said:

I’m assuming if I cross the border by land aka drive it would be just the same

It is the same.   Just keep a copy of your marriage certificate in with your passport.  Many of us have done that.


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On 4/3/2019 at 7:34 PM, TLRight said:

Hey!

 

I have plans to travel in the near future and it is somewhat time sensitive all of a sudden. Currently my passport and green card have different surnames listed as I have been unable to change my passport until just now. I initially would have had more time to do this from the US and have it here in time for travel but my timeline has been pushed up by a month. 

 

Have you ever travelled while your surnames did not match on these documents? Should I buy a one way ticket under my maiden name and have my name on my passport changed while home in Canada? Or is it best to just bite the bullet and submit my passport from the US and wait the 20 business days to get it back.

 

Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!

I purposely have my maiden name on my foreign international passport.  My married USA name on my green card.  Always book airline tickets with your foreign international passport name (one-way, round trip, etc).  When it is time to Check-In electronically for your flight back to the USA, all airlines I have used allow you to then enter additional travel documents including with a different surname.  As already mentioned by others, I carry an original certified copy of my USA marriage certificate that links my foreign international passport name to my green card.  So far entering the USA, only have needed only to present my green card.

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3 minutes ago, Spotify said:

Sorry to hijack this thread, but what if we don't have a green card yet, AND we recently did a legal court name change (first & last).  Are we still able to use the original name in the passport to travel domestically in the US?

Yes. As long as the passport is valid, book tickets in the name in the passport.  Use the passport for check in and TSA identification 

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