Hi everyone. My wife (USC) and I (the immigrating spouse) are just embarking on our green card journey - actually for the second time (I originally successfully obtained an IR1 some years ago, before formally surrendering it at a US Consulate abroad after leaving the US for work).
I was wondering if anyone had any views on a query concerning the petitioner s details in the I-130. My wife s name at birth was changed when she was young for, basically, aesthetic reasons (e.g. from Sarah Badname to Sarah Goodname ). However, her formal US birth certificate appears to have been reissued in the new name, ie we have a certified copy of her birth certificate in the name of Sarah Goodname . I do not believe we have a copy of a birth certificate using the Sarah Badname name.
Given all her documents required for demonstrating eligibility as a USC petitioner are in the new name, is it even worth potentially confusing things by referencing her original name that, as far as we can tell, does not appear to be recorded anywhere? I m afraid I cannot recall what we did when we previously filed our I-130 (ten years ago) on this but I do believe we did we disclose it at some point, though I can t remember if this was at the I-130 stage or later on (the from fields appear to have changed a fair bit since that time). I wonder if this means USCIS has this information somewhere and any inconsistency with our newly-filed petition might lead to an RFE... If anyone has any suggestions, that would be really useful!
And, just to add a supplementary question if that s okay: presumably my A-number (from my old, successful, IR1 visa) as well as the US social security number I received persist and are the ones that should be referenced in the relevant place in the I-130 and I-130A, is that correct?
Thanks a lot everyone! I ll start a timeline once we file the I-130; looking at the way things are, I suspect we ll end up going down the I-129F route to see if: (I) that maybe expedites the I-130 process (which I understand has at least anecdotally happened in some cases; and (ii) we can be one of the small number of people to have a K-3 actually issued by our local US Consulate.