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Hello everyone, 

 

We are about to file AOS and filling out forms, I have a question regarding name change.I basically have two first names and I want to use my husband's last name but also keep my father's last name(like we do in PH) as my middle name. 

Say my name before marriage is Marie Juana S. Gonzales, and now I want to change it to Marie Juana G. Smith to use my husband's last name. 

If this matters, we got married in Washington State but residing in Oregon.

Would this be a problem? 

Thank you.

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5 minutes ago, wasp8898 said:

Hello everyone, 

 

We are about to file AOS and filling out forms, I have a question regarding name change.I basically have two first names and I want to use my husband's last name but also keep my father's last name(like we do in PH) as my middle name. 

Say my name before marriage is Marie Juana S. Gonzales, and now I want to change it to Marie Juana G. Smith to use my husband's last name. 

If this matters, we got married in Washington State but residing in Oregon.

Would this be a problem? 

Thank you.

Nope.  My wife is exactly same.  


YMMV

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I'd check with Washington's name change due to marriage laws. I believe most states allow this, but there are some that are a bit more strict with the variations permitted. Marriage, and name changes due to marriage, are a state issue.


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12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

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4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

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1 minute ago, wasp8898 said:

thank you! I have another question tho, I am about to get a state ID. should I apply with my new name or old? 

Your current legal name.   The one you want to use for the rest of your life 


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3 minutes ago, geowrian said:

I'd check with Washington's name change due to marriage laws. I believe most states allow this, but there are some that are a bit more strict with the variations permitted. Marriage, and name changes due to marriage, are a state issue.

thank you! I think washington is pretty laid back,. I did use my old name on the marriage certificate and didn't change that to my husband's last name. Can I still use that as my legal name change doc? Or should I request the change on the marriage certificate?

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20 minutes ago, wasp8898 said:

thank you! I think washington is pretty laid back,. I did use my old name on the marriage certificate and didn't change that to my husband's last name. Can I still use that as my legal name change doc? Or should I request the change on the marriage certificate?

State of Washington allows change of last name.  It is silent on whether middle name change is allowed 


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5 minutes ago, payxibka said:

State of Washington allows change of last name.  It is silent on whether middle name change is allowed 

Thank you, I think I will just try to use the new name I want in the forms and see if they allow it. Also we live in Oregon, so my SS and soon my DMV will be applied in Oregon. 

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1 minute ago, wasp8898 said:

Thank you, I think I will just try to use the new name I want in the forms and see if they allow it. Also we live in Oregon, so my SS and soon my DMV will be applied in Oregon. 

After a quick search, I think you'll be fine too.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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3 minutes ago, wasp8898 said:

Thank you, I think I will just try to use the new name I want in the forms and see if they allow it. Also we live in Oregon, so my SS and soon my DMV will be applied in Oregon. 

If you had married in Oregon you would be fine.   Since you married in Washington it's not so clear.  Good luck 


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1 hour ago, wasp8898 said:

Hello everyone, 

 

We are about to file AOS and filling out forms, I have a question regarding name change.I basically have two first names and I want to use my husband's last name but also keep my father's last name(like we do in PH) as my middle name. 

Say my name before marriage is Marie Juana S. Gonzales, and now I want to change it to Marie Juana G. Smith to use my husband's last name. 

If this matters, we got married in Washington State but residing in Oregon.

Would this be a problem? 

Thank you.

I did the same thing! We have two first names! It's a hassle to explain to some people asking for our names though hahaha but you should be fine. You're doing it right. I have a cousin who did it in a different way (not the PH way) and she ended up paying to have it change like how Filipino names should be. 

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Isn't there an issue where some tried doing it the Filipino way but received their GC the American way?

 

For example:

 

Mary Jane C. Ramos tried to use Mary Jane R. Smith but the GC issued is Mary Jane C. Smith.

 

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Just now, TXBill said:

Isn't there an issue where some tried doing it the Filipino way but received their GC the America way?

 

For example:

 

Mary Jane C. Ramos tried to use Mary Jane R. Smith but the GC issued is Mary Jane C. Smith.

 

Some have reported, that but there is no American way, but 50 individual state ways.  It all depends on your locale 

 

For example, Minnesota allows each party to the marriage to change any of their names so the Philippines way is not a problem.   Some states allow only last name. some allow no name change at all.


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9 minutes ago, payxibka said:

Some have reported, that but there is no American way, but 50 individual state ways.  It all depends on your locale 

 

For example, Minnesota allows each party to the marriage to change any of their names so the Philippines way is not a problem.   Some states allow only last name. some allow no name change at all.

Got it. So when does this issue come up? (If it is an issue in our state. I'm currently in TX but may move to TN or KY.)

 

Before the wedding, when we apply for the marriage license or when we get the marriage certificate after the wedding?

 

We want to stick with one name just we don't run into troubles with AOS etc., even if that means sacrificing the Filipino way.

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