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Hello, I just got in US with the K1 Visa. We are going to marry soon, but first we are worrying about the last name our family will have.
As I'm Brazilian I have 3 last names and I use to be known by the first of them (signature, social media e etc). That's completely common in Brazil. Happens that in US just the last last name is your actual legal last name. My fiancee and me are trying to figure out a way to make my first last name as our legal last name. She loves my first last name and actually wanna that more than me.
Is there any way to change it before the marriage? And after?

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Before marriage, you’d have to go through the court and have your name changed.

ther ar a few provisions for changing last name with marriage, not sure if applies to every state, though, I’d check with your county. Your husband being the American should know about this or have better knowledge. 

 

Just be be aware that changing your name here may not apply in Brazil. 

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On 7/23/2019 at 7:11 PM, A and F Brazil said:

Hello, I just got in US with the K1 Visa. We are going to marry soon, but first we are worrying about the last name our family will have.
As I'm Brazilian I have 3 last names and I use to be known by the first of them (signature, social media e etc). That's completely common in Brazil. Happens that in US just the last last name is your actual legal last name. My fiancee and me are trying to figure out a way to make my first last name as our legal last name. She loves my first last name and actually wanna that more than me.
Is there any way to change it before the marriage? And after?

You could change your family name while in Brazil  before you got issued a K-1 visa and now that you must get married and apply for your status you need to wait to get a Green Card and after that you can change your name in U.S court but in that case it would not be same family name(s) as your brazilan passport and you would not be able to travel. so you need to  use the names you have  in your brazilan passport which would be same with your GC.

 

So your best bet is to become a permanent resident first and later become a  U.S citizen and at that time you can change your first name , last name or both during the naturalization ceremony and you dont even have to go to a U.S court.

 

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