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Divorced with name change, but GC and Passport still in Married name

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I have been divorced since 2019, my name was changed back to my maiden name with the social security office, and my state drivers license etc is all in my married name. I decided to wait for when I file for citizenship to change it on my GC, as the cost is restrictive. Now I am wanting to travel back to NZ to see my family but my Covid vaccination card is in my maiden name. Does this name change invalidate my current GC? I have all of my documents together showing my name change, eg, divorce decree, letter from social security office, drivers license in my married name, marriage certificate, and I got a letter notarized saying that I am Samantha (maiden last name), and that it changed from Samantha (married last name) due to divorce. I called USCIS after my divorce to confirm that I could travel as long as I had proof of the marriage and subsequent divorce, and they said yes. Now with having to provide my vaccination card, and the name doesn't match my GC or passport has me worried that I may not be safe to travel with those documents. I don't want to get stuck in NZ. I tried calling USCIS again today to see if it'll be okay with my documents proving my name change, but the automated system wasn't helpful at all. I'm at a loss right now.

Thanks in advance!

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Your path of least resistance is to book your flights in your passport name and bring a certified or original copy of your divorce decree which shows your lawful name change. 

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4 minutes ago, Mike E said:

Your path of least resistance is to book your flights in your passport name and bring a certified or original copy of your divorce decree which shows your lawful name change. 

That was the plan. I have my original divorce decree packed with my passport etc. Do you think I should get a certified copy of it as well? Just in case they need a copy.

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Just now, Kiwigirl91 said:

That was the plan. I have my original divorce decree packed with my passport etc. Do you think I should get a certified copy of it as well? Just in case they need a copy.

Assuming your original was a physical copy and not emailed to you by the court or your lawyer, a photocopy  is sufficient for any airline or immigration that wants to keep a copy for some reason.  

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Just now, Mike E said:

Assuming your original was a physical copy and not emailed to you by the court or your lawyer, a photocopy  is sufficient for any airline or immigration that wants to keep a copy for some reason.  

 

It was mailed to me, and it has the official seal of the court. I'll make some photocopies. Thanks!

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