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CR-1, After US Arrival, showing proof of marriage for home/car/insurance etc.

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Greetings,

 

When my wife(CR-1) and I(US Citizen) move to the US, what is the best way to prove our marriage for home/car/etc.? For example, in Ecuador here, when people get married they retain their original name, so we both have different names. Should I bring an apostilled marriage certificate before we head to the US? Do we need to apply for an US Marriage Certificate or something like that? Just curious, thanks for your help.

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hi

 

there is no obligation to carry your spouse's last name, you can have your maiden name on your green card and use your maiden name. 

 

bring all your personal documents because you won't be returning, you don't need to get a marriage certificate in the US, your marriage is valid everywhere, you wouldn't get a green card if the marriage wasn't valid

 

 

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Mary has been here a year and has yet to be asked for our marriage certificate. You get asked for your driver's license, SS Card and Green Card.

 

We have traveled with a marriage certificate copy since she had an expired visa in her old passport.


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, aleful said:

hi

 

there is no obligation to carry your spouse's last name, you can have your maiden name on your green card and use your maiden name. 

 

bring all your personal documents because you won't be returning, you don't need to get a marriage certificate in the US, your marriage is valid everywhere, you wouldn't get a green card if the marriage wasn't valid

 

 

I'm aware that of course our marriage is valid, I'm the US Citizen husband here, I'm aware that she doesn't have to have my name as well, what I'm saying is that because our names are different, how do states prove marriages for home/car/insurance registrations, since they may not be able to access USCIS databases. For example, applying for any type of service, does she just put my name down as her husband and that's it? 

1 hour ago, Paul & Mary said:

Mary has been here a year and has yet to be asked for our marriage certificate. You get asked for your driver's license, SS Card and Green Card.

 

We have traveled with a marriage certificate copy since she had an expired visa in her old passport.

ok great thank you! btw, when did you apply for your SS card after she arrived? were you CR-1 or IR-1 ? 

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2 minutes ago, mupsyc said:

btw, when did you apply for your SS card after she arrived? were you CR-1 or IR-1 ? 

We were CR-1.  We tried to get it a week she got here.  They could not find it.  We got the green card 4 weeks later, went back to SSA and then got a card a week later.   Honestly we were not in a rush.  Just wanted it so she could get a state ID.


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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i, too , did not change my name 

i just added him when he came to my deed and car insurance and so on

it really isn't a big issue as many USC's live together or marry and don't change their ID

for me it was more of a matter that i didn't want to change my name with:

bank accounts

SS card

mortgage and deed

credit card

inurance policies (car,  house,  life,  health)

utilitues

car titles

and all the other places 

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