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Court ordered name change BEFORE or AFTER submitting I-485? (merged)
8:01 am March 3, 2021

Hassan Raza

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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?

Thank you!

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A-number mismatch
1:09 am February 4, 2021



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Any idea how to clear up an A number mismatch? The A number in the USCIS database doesnt match the A number on the PR card. The A number is the A number on the returning resident visa, but the green card was returned (and subsequently used for exit and entry) on SB1 re-entry. Ever heard of this?

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New Biden admin immigration directive on naturalization
2:13 am February 3, 2021



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From the White House website:


Sec. 5. Promoting Naturalization.
(a) Improving the naturalization process. The Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall, within 60 days of the date of this order, develop a plan describing any agency actions, in furtherance of the policy set forth in section 1 of this order, that they will take to:
(i) eliminate barriers in and otherwise improve the existing naturalization process, including by conducting a comprehensive review of that process with particular emphasis on the N-400 application, fingerprinting, background and security checks, interviews, civics and English language tests, and the oath of allegiance;
(ii) substantially reduce current naturalization processing times;
(iii) make the naturalization process more accessible to all eligible individuals, including through a potential reduction of the naturalization fee and restoration of the fee waiver process;
(iv) facilitate naturalization for eligible candidates born abroad and members of the military, in consultation with the Department of Defense; and
(v) review policies and practices regarding denaturalization and passport revocation to ensure that these authorities are not used excessively or inappropriately.
(b) Implementing improvements to the naturalization process. Within 180 days of the issuance of the plan developed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall each submit a report to the President describing the progress in implementing the plan, any barriers to implementing the plan, and any additional areas of concern that should be addressed to ensure that eligible individuals are able to apply for naturalization in a fair and efficient manner.
(c) Strategy to promote naturalization. There is established an Interagency Working Group on Promoting Naturalization (Naturalization Working Group) to develop a national strategy to promote naturalization. The Naturalization Working Group shall be chaired by the Secretary of Homeland Security, or the Secretary s designee, and it shall include the heads of the following agencies, or senior-level officials designated by the head of each agency:
(i) the Secretary of Labor;
(ii) the Secretary of Health and Human Services;
(iii) the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development;
(iv) the Secretary of Education;
(v) the Secretary of Homeland Security;
(vi) the Commissioner of Social Security; and
(vii) the heads of other agencies invited to participate by the Working Group chair.
(d) Within 90 days of the date of this order, the Naturalization Working Group shall submit a strategy to the President outlining steps the Federal Government should take to promote naturalization, including the potential development of a public awareness campaign.

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3 year or 5 year travel history
2:19 pm January 30, 2021



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I ve been reading the threads down here and have a little confusion about the married to USC vs other category timeline. Should we enter a full 5 year travel history when filing under the 3-yr rule? I m filling out the application this weekend.

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N400 question on traffic citations (no record or ticket available for some)
1:00 am January 30, 2021



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So I began tabulating my the driving records for my upcoming N-400 application. I had licenses from three different states, and got citations in different states (ranging from stop signs to speeding; but nothing serious or reckless or accidents). I looked up my records in all the states in which I had tickets, but I only saw citations for violations that occurred in the same state that I had my license from. They didn't show tickets from out of that state. I can't seem to find those violations though, not even online because they ask for ticket or citation numbers, but I don't have those.

I'm declaring the ones I can account for, but will it hurt me if I don't list those I couldn't account for? In some states and locales I can't even look up a violation without a citation number, and in some I looked myself up only to see nothing in my name.

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