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K1: SS office refusing to change last name after marriage, before AOS

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Hi folks,

 

So my fiancee came on a K1 visa in May, and one of the first things we did was apply for an SSN with her maiden last name. After we got that SSN, we went ahead and got married using said maiden name. So we went to the SSN office today with our I94 and marriage certificate but they refused to change her last name to the new married name. They said to "call DHS". What should I do? Go to another office? We haven't sent any AOS documents because we were hoping to use her new married name.

 

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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8 minutes ago, jimmatron said:

Hi folks,

 

So my fiancee came on a K1 visa in May, and one of the first things we did was apply for an SSN with her maiden last name. After we got that SSN, we went ahead and got married using said maiden name. So we went to the SSN office today with our I94 and marriage certificate but they refused to change her last name to the new married name. They said to "call DHS". What should I do? Go to another office? We haven't sent any AOS documents because we were hoping to use her new married name.

 

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Common problem.   They won't do it until you have a USCIS benefit in the new name 

 

Not changing her SSN does not preclude you from  filing the i485 in her married name 

Edited by payxibka

YMMV

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As said, use her married name in AOS documents including EAD/AP. Once she receives EAD or GC whichever is earlier, she can go back to SS office to change the name.


Spouse:

2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

2015-10-05: NVC assigned Case number, Invoice ID & Beneficiary ID

2016-06-30: DS-261 completed, AOS Fee Paid, WL received

2016-07-05: Received IV invoice, IV Fee Paid

2016-07-06: DS-260 Submitted

2016-07-07: AOS and IV Package mailed

2016-07-08: NVC Scan

2016-08-08: Case Complete

2017-06-30: Interview, approved

2017-07-04: Visa in hand

2017-08-01: Entry to US

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Myself:

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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Is it worth trying another SS office or am I very likely to encounter the same problem? I feel like I have no legal basis for using the new married that on the AOS because I don't have any documents to support it. 😕

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Marriage certificate is the legal evidence of name change (maiden to married name) and the legal basis to use the married name in USCIS paperwork. Visit to other SS office will be fruitless.


Spouse:

2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

2015-10-05: NVC assigned Case number, Invoice ID & Beneficiary ID

2016-06-30: DS-261 completed, AOS Fee Paid, WL received

2016-07-05: Received IV invoice, IV Fee Paid

2016-07-06: DS-260 Submitted

2016-07-07: AOS and IV Package mailed

2016-07-08: NVC Scan

2016-08-08: Case Complete

2017-06-30: Interview, approved

2017-07-04: Visa in hand

2017-08-01: Entry to US

.

.

.

.

Myself:

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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2 minutes ago, arken said:

Marriage certificate is the legal evidence of name change (maiden to married name) and the legal basis to use the married name in USCIS paperwork. Visit to other SS office will be fruitless.

As well as pointless,  aggravating and annoying 


YMMV

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SS office workers are often not the sharpest tools in the shed. Not much you can do now.

 

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1 hour ago, jimmatron said:

Is it worth trying another SS office or am I very likely to encounter the same problem? I feel like I have no legal basis for using the new married that on the AOS because I don't have any documents to support it. 😕

You DO have the ONLY document that matters and that's your marriage certificate because it has your name on it an legally she is allowed to elect to go by that name now.

 

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I guess it varies by state or perhaps the SSA offices. I applied in Virginia for my SSN and I did have my marriage certificate with me. I filled out the SSN application form in my maiden name as that is what the I-94 record had. While the lady was processing my application, I enquired when I can change the name to my married name and she said that I could do it when I submit a marriage certificate. I handed her my marriage certificate and she promptly made me change my last name on my application and processed it as such. I was a bit worried to tell her that I was married already as I have read on this  forum that after you are married the K1 visa is no longer valid and so they will not be able to issue the SSN until after EAD and things like that. Anyway I did get my SS card with my married name in the mail two weeks later. I was never given one with my maiden name. So it looks like the SSA functions differently everywhere 🙄. You could try another office if you are fine with taking the chance and going through the whole waiting thing at these offices. You never know; you could get lucky there. Good luck.

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