Hi, my fiancee and I just got married (she came on a K1) and she changed her surname to my surname legally, via the marriage process.
However, her middle name is still her old middle name but in our culture, the wife would change her middle name to my (the husband's) first name. The only way to do this in NY is to file a petition and get a court order granted, then publish it in a newspaper. Seems like a lot of work for just a middle name change (her first name won't change). It says this can take 1-6 months or longer.
The issue is I need to submit a I-485 for green card application asap, given she only has about 1 month left until she overstays her K-1 visa.
Should I do this middle name change legally now, and apply for the I-485 immediately afterwards, even if she overstays her visa? Or should I just apply for it using her current married name and deal w/ changing the middle name after she gets her green card?