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Hi! I am based in London with a valid 10 year-tourist visa. My husband, who is based in America, and I just recently  got married. I am on the process of getting a new passport bearing my husband’s last name. 

 

Few months ago, we already started my petition paper. Since my petition won’t be finalised until probably next year, I would still want to visit him every now and then. The problem is, I am on the process of getting a new passport using my married name. Based on your experiences, will I be able to travel to US with the given situation? I wanted to hear your experiences.

 

According to travel.state.gove, “If your name has legally changed through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered name change, you will need to obtain a new passport. Once you have a new passport, the Department of State recommends that you apply for a new U.S. visa to make it easier for you to travel to and from the United States.”

 

The dilemma is I don't think I will be approved of a new tourist visa if I apply since I have a pending petition to be an immigrant. 

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I did, traveling with old passport with visa in maiden name, new passport in married name and marriage certificate, though that was some years back.

 

Just wanted to point out that if you think you will be refused a visa you might be refused entry anyway, they will see your petition on file. So maybe better to apply for a new visa as a kind of extra certainty (though entry is never guaranteed). Plenty people visit during the process, make sure to take proof of returning with you on each visit (job letter, etc).

 

Curious, you say your husband is "based in America". Is he a USC or LPR?

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17 minutes ago, SusieQQQ said:

I did, traveling with old passport with visa in maiden name, new passport in married name and marriage certificate, though that was some years back.

 

Just wanted to point out that if you think you will be refused a visa you might be refused entry anyway, they will see your petition on file. So maybe better to apply for a new visa as a kind of extra certainty (though entry is never guaranteed). Plenty people visit during the process, make sure to take proof of returning with you on each visit (job letter, etc).

 

Curious, you say your husband is "based in America". Is he a USC or LPR?

He is a USC. Thanks!

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