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Hi all, my wife received her green card finally and we've noticed that they've added my last name on it. Of all the documents we have not one of them had my last name on it. Our marriage cert. only showed my name and her name and we've never changed or added my last name to anything. Both of her SS card and ID card only shows her first and last name so I don't know why USCIS would add my last name to this.

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Your wife can handle it two ways:

1) File an I-90 to have her green card corrected. If you do have documentation to show that your applications are all in her maiden name, then you won't have to pay a fee as it's a mistake by USCIS; or

2) Keep the green card as it is and update her SS card and driver's license to show her married name.

Unless your wife really wants to keep her maiden name, I would suggest you go for option 2 as that's really a lot faster than trying to go through USCIS all over again.


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Your wife can handle it two ways:

1) File an I-90 to have her green card corrected. If you do have documentation to show that your applications are all in her maiden name, then you won't have to pay a fee as it's a mistake by USCIS; or

2) Keep the green card as it is and update her SS card and driver's license to show her married name.

Unless your wife really wants to keep her maiden name, I would suggest you go for option 2 as that's really a lot faster than trying to go through USCIS all over again.

Thanks for the reply. But if I go with option #2, would that cause a problem when we travel? I mean her passport is one name and the green card is another.

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Your wife can handle it two ways:

1) File an I-90 to have her green card corrected. If you do have documentation to show that your applications are all in her maiden name, then you won't have to pay a fee as it's a mistake by USCIS; or

2) Keep the green card as it is and update her SS card and driver's license to show her married name.

Unless your wife really wants to keep her maiden name, I would suggest you go for option 2 as that's really a lot faster than trying to go through USCIS all over again.

Thanks for the reply. But if I go with option #2, would that cause a problem when we travel? I mean her passport is one name and the green card is another.

USCIS mis-spelt my name on the green card so I filed an I-90 to have a new correct greencard issued. You basically surrender the current greencard and tick the box indicating that USCIS made the mistake so therefore no payment is required. I sent my package away and received my new greencard within three weeks. Im not saying that this is the case for everyone but if it is their mistake, my experience is that they rectify it quickly. Good luck !

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Thanks for the reply. But if I go with option #2, would that cause a problem when we travel? I mean her passport is one name and the green card is another.

If you want to go with #2, book the ticket under the name that's designated in her passport, and bring the green card and the marriage certificate just in case they ask.


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So just wanted to update everyone here.

I went with option 2 suggested by eau_xplain, send it back and received an letter after about 3 weeks telling me that it was USCIS's mistake and a new card will be sent to me. I got the card yesterday and it has my wife's correct name. Anyone that has the same problem can IM me or post it here, I'll be happy to answer them.

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