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  1. Hi, I have arrived in the US on my k1 visa and will be getting married soon, but I’ve heard the maiden name to married name change is confusing with all the forms. Is it possible to not change my maiden name to married name until after I get my green card? Will that make it easier so I can put all the forms in my maiden name, then just change my name more down the line, or will that look weird to imigration? Or is it easier to just change my maiden name to married name right after marriage? (Also I already have my SSN and it is in my maiden name. ) Thank you
  2. I would like to enter the DV lottery based on the country of birth eligibility, but I have two passports with different last names. Which one should I enter in the lottery application? 1) Valid passport from Country of Birth (Country A) but it has my original maiden name. Country A is eligible for DV lottery. 2) Valid passport from Country of 2nd Citizenship (Country B) but it has my current last name (legal name changed through marriage). Country B is not eligible for DV lottery. I got married in Country B but never really got a legal name changed in Country A. I am currently in the US with a non-immigrant visa. I entered the US using passport from Country B. I feel that I should be entering the passport info from Country B because my name would be consistent. But does the DV lottery form look for the passport info that match the Country of Birth?
  3. Hello. I moved to the US with a K1 visa a few years ago and my removal of conditions is coming up. I’m from the Philippines, where the law is that when a woman gets married, whatever their last name is becomes their middle name. Prior to marriage, our middle name is our mom’s maiden surname. However, when I got married in the US, I opted to keep my mom’s surname as my middle name. My Philippine passport reflects that (my mom’s maiden name = my middle name and my husband’s surname = my surname). My problem is that it might somehow cause an issue when I send in my docs for removal of conditions, since my name in the Philippines is legally different from my name in the US. Could this cause an issue? If so, what should I do? Hope that wasn’t too convoluted of an explanation lol. Thanks.
  4. I thought this might help those of us considering a legal name change. The N400 application is (in most cases) a great time to legally change your name. It's fast and it's free. Outside of the N400 process, a name change requires a visit to your local courthouse, may require a public announcement in a newspaper (depending on your state and local laws) and will cost you money. In New York City, the cost is about $65 while on Houston it is over $400, so cost varies from city to city. You can change your name to anything you want within certain limitations. You can't change your name to impersonate someone or in an attempt to hide your identity for illegal purposes. Other than that, it's up to you. If you are Arthur Robert Wilkinson, you can become Geraldo Mohamed Leibowitz. It's important to note that if you are just changing your last name to take your spouse's last name or to revert to your maiden name, then a legal name change is not required. This is because a marriage certificate or a divorce certificate acts as proof of legal name change. This is true EVEN IF your certificate does not show the new name that you want to take. For example, if Anita Mary Harrolds marries Geraldo Mohamed Leibowitz, she can legally be known as Anita Mary Leibowitz even though that name does not appear anywhere on the certificate. In fact, she can also hyphenate both last names without a legal name change. However, if she wanted to change her middle name from Mary to Margaret, she would need a legal name change. To request a legal name change through the naturalization process, fill out the name change section of the N400. The interviewer may ask you to confirm that you still want to change your name because some people change their minds between the application and the interview. The interviewer may ask for proof of your current legal name. In case of a discrepancy between your green card and your passport, a birth, marriage, divorce, or name change certificate determines your current name, so make sure you have these with you (if they apply in your case...it's always a good idea to have your translated birth certificate with you at the interview). The interviewer will print out some forms (three I think) for you to check and sign. These should have your old and new names on them. You will have to be scheduled for a judicial oath ceremony. This is because USCIS does not have the legal authority to change your name and must ask a judge to do so. If your city has regular judicial ceremonies then there shouldn't be any delays. If your city holds regular administrative ceremonies, but not many judicial ceremonies, then the name change may cause a delay. Some cities (including San Francisco and San Jose) have stopped scheduling judicial ceremonies altogether. Applicants in these cities cannot legally change their names through the N400 application. Your interviewer will inform you of this and will cross out the name change section during the interview. You will have to request a regular name change before or after naturalization if you live in these cities (see above). At your oath ceremony you will be given your naturalization certificate as well as a name change certificate signed by a judge. This second certificate will show your old and new names and you'll need it to update your name with your banks, on your drivers license, credit cards, etc. In addition to doing all the paperwork to make these changes, you'll also have to consider the effect of the name change if you have dual citizenship; your name on your two passports may not match and your other country may require you to go through different name change procedures or may not allow name changes at all. People do travel using passports with different names, but you have to be careful when booking tickets and you may want to travel with your name change certificate (and translations). If you want to check whether or not (and how often) judicial ceremonies are held in your location, find your office here and look under naturalization ceremonies: http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices
  5. Hi All! My wife recently emigrated to the US to Florida specifically. At our Clerk of Court we were only given to option to execute our marriage license/certificate using our original legal names, with no means to change her name on the license or certificate. We are getting a lot of conflicting information about how to move forward with the name change and continue with the AOS documentation. The Clerk of Courts tells us we need to visit the Social Security office but all of them are closed and impossible to get appointments in our area. We have heard that it is possible to complete the name change by executing the I-485 (and other AOS related documents) with the name we want to change to and list her legal name as other names used. We've also heard that we would receive her Social Security card in her new name and work permit etc. in her new name. Can anyone verify if this is accurate for the state of Florida? As mentioned, the Clerk is telling us to go to Social Security, but everyone else is stating they did their name change through these other methods. Thanks for any help you can provide!
  6. Hello everyone! I was wondering if anyone knows when in the K1/AOS process can the fiance change their name. My fiance wants to use his middle name as his first name in the US, since its easier to say. Does anyone know when or how this can be done? Thank you!
  7. Hi guys! So my husband is filing the I-130 for me, he is the US Citizen and I am Canadian. After we got married I changed my last name to my married name. I got my driver's license and health card and debit/credit cards changed. I have yet to change my passport because I am anticipating a trip soon and will need it. I have a few questions regarding this name change: 1. Do I (the beneficiary) need to submit a scan of my passport in the I-130 application? If I do, can we submit the application under my married name but my passport in my maiden name? (The reason I wouldn't want to submit the passport with my new name is because it will put off submitting the application until I get my passport which can take awhile because I will be using it in April and won't be able to change it until May and than will have to wait for it to come in) 2. What would be examples of documents I can submit to prove proof of my legal name change?
  8. Hello, I really hope someone would be able to share their experience with me. So I'm having my oath ceremony in mid February, and I plan to apply for my passport soon after. I have an upcoming international trip in late April, which leaves about 9-10 weeks from my oath ceremony to my travel date. What confuses me is that, I'm changing my name during naturalization. I'm originally from Taiwan, and my name is Yi-Wen Chang (this is an example not real), sometimes that hyphen in my name gets omitted. Now, I'm changing my name to Jessica Yiwen Chang Brown, the reason being I've been using my English name since a long time ago, and I changed my last name to my married name. My question is here, when I apply for my passport after oath, would it be a problem that my government ID still shows my old name? While the NC shows my new name. On passport application form, it asks you to list out all other names you've used, I listed my old one, is that enough? Thank you.
  9. Hello, I had a combo interview a few days ago (November 2, 2021), I passed and my case was recommended for approval. During my interview I was a little confused about the name change option, I asked if I could add a middle name, but I was never informed that my oath ceremony may take months to be scheduled. I regret it, I realized that it will be very inconvenient to change all my documents and I want my process to be done as soon as possible. Is there anything I can do to withdraw this name change request? I sent a letter to the immigration officer who interviewed me and I also requested an infopass appointment, so far I didn't hear anything. My case status is still showing "interview scheduled". Does anybody have been in a similar situation? I appreciate any help. Thank you.
  10. Hi all! I've become a US citizen in February of this year and I also applied for a name change during that time. I've been trying to get a new SSN card but they keep sending my form back saying I need the actual document that says I changed my name and it was approved. I don't remember what this document looks like and I can't find any in my documents folder from USCIS. I have my naturalization certificate but not the name change document. For all naturalized citizen who also changed their name, do you know what this document looks like and where can I find a replacement?
  11. Hello, So the petition for my mother was approved on May 2020, and she is still waiting for an interview appointment in the Philippines. I checked the NVC website today and it still says that her papers are still with NVC. My divorced got finalized on August 2020 and my ex-husband is in her petition papers as "Household member", I'm the only "Primary Sponsor". I'm no longer living with my ex-husband and got married to a different man now. I'm about to change my name to my new married name. My questions are, do I need to let NVC know to remove my ex-husband as Household Member and add my new husband to her papers? Doing so, will all her papers change and cause more delay on her interview appointment? Or do I just continue with my name change and not do anything with her papers? I'm very concerned about this because I don't want to cause further delay on her papers, all she needs is an interview and medical exam. She could have been here by now if CoVid didn't happen. Please help...
  12. Hi all, I just applied for citizenship yesterday and on the form I indicated that I wanna change my name at the naturailization. When I go through some past posts on visajourney I know that I have to go through a separate name change order at court since my field office at San Francisco is not eligible to do that legally. I have some questions about the process and would appreciate if anyone can help me answer: 1) Do I really need to do the name change at San Francisco court if I'm living in Hayward? Since from the package it says the services at County of San Francisco is for SF residents only, can I do the name change at the local court in Hayward and show the decision at SF USCIS field office on the interview date? 2) Should it be a problem if I do the name change now? Or I have to wait until a few months before the interview to process? I'm asking because I don't know if the court decision gonna affect the biometrics scanning that USCIS gonna do on my old name. (I was notified that my biometrics from i-751 can be reused) I appreciate any help from you all, Thank you
  13. I'm the petitioner. I want my husband's last name. I didn't yet file for the name change, and I've seen people ask the question but its usually about the beneficiary.... I was in a hurry to get things filed, and at the time since my passport is only a couple years old, and my work email has my maiden name, it just didn't make sense to do that at the time. Today I found out the company I work for is closing. If I end up in a new office job where my name is part of the email, I dont want to be stuck with my maiden name forever. I'm very employable, so I'm not worried about finding work in this market, but we have already gotten the noa1, and I do not want to delay it unnecessarily. 1. Is it going to be a huge problem to change my name in the middle of noa1 to noa2? 2. I found out that in Italy its not actually common to take the husband's last name, but its something I've always wanted to do, and my husband thinks its cute but weird. So in registering my marriage with the Italian government, would I need to update my last name on my marriage certificate first? Or is that where it not yet being changed on my passport would be a problem? Passports are taking a long time right now, and if I win the lotto and can go see him again, I want to. Lololol (Also, was planning a trip for new year's, and not sure if my new passport would be here by then or not...) Does anyone have advice for either of these two issues/problems?
  14. Hello Everyone I’m in the process of completing our cr1 visa application and I have my maiden name on the application. But I started to get my name change and so far I have an updated SSN with the married name only, soon will have an updated driver’s license but the passport will be later due to needed to travel overseas. My question is what do I do now with the application that is in progress, that is not filed yet. Should I put everything in the married name and explain I’m in the progress of changing my name in the additional information about me part. I am the petitioner. Thank you for any replies.
  15. Hi Everyone, Posting my question here for PH spouses. We live in Maryland and got married in DC. My PH passport expires in 2029. I don't have an SSN or DMV DL yet. On the AOS forms - what would you recommend using for the Middle Name and Last Name after marriage? We prefer the PH naming convention for my married name. If we use this, will there be any potential issues when it comes to SSN, DMV DL, Passport, IO, Bank Accounts, etc.? First Name + Middle Name (Father's Last Name) + Last Name (Husband's Last Name) As an alternative, should we just keep my current middle + last name and only add my husband's name at the end - and then perhaps change it later during Naturalization? For AOS/Green card: First Name + Middle Name (Mother) + Last Name (Father Husband) = which would be dreadfully long! On Naturalization: First Name + Middle Name (Father) + Last Name (Husband) We welcome any thoughts and experiences on this. Thank you!
  16. Important information is highlighted in bold My wife and I want to change her name to take my last name. Our marriage certificate just lists our current names as they are since there was no option to change the name here. From what I've researched, that is still okay and the best way to change her name is while applying for the I-485. So what I've done is changed her last name on the form to my last name, and her middle name is now her maiden name (I assume that is okay?). The only exceptions are for areas on forms that ask for her name as it appears on a form, and I've put her old name under areas where that is applicable. I'm also concerned about the I-131 because there isn't a spot to put former names, so do I put her new name or her name as it is on her passport? The last thing I'm concerned about is writing her name in non-Roman letters. On the marriage certificate and the rest of the forms, we're using her name with Roman letters (that's how it appears in the marriage certificate/social security card, and it's how she's been using her name here. Her passport even has her name in roman letters even though that's not technically the native way of writing her name). So on Part 4 of the I-485 "Information About Beneficiary" it says to type/print her name and foreign address in their native written language if it does not use roman letters. Is this safe to skip? She lives here in the US so she has no foreign address. Also, Part 4, number 5 says "Other Names Used" but it doesn't say anything about foreign letters, so I've left her old name romanized). Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance to those who answer.
  17. I filed an I-130 for my wife shortly after we got married. She intends to take my last name now that we’re married, but because all of her documents at the time stated her maiden name, we used this for her name on all forms for the I-130 filing. We included her married name in the other names used section of the forms, though. Now it appears that by the time she has her medical and interview, her current passport won’t be valid for long enough to meet the requirements for visa issuance. So we need to renew her passport. The ultimate goal is that we get her passport and green card in her married name. Should we ask for a name change when we apply for the passport renewal? Will it cause issue with anything further down the line? I know she’ll need her passport for her medical. I assume that she’ll need to carry her marriage certificate with her to that to prove the name change, in case the appointment is in her maiden name.
  18. Hi all! I legally changed my name before we started the immigration process. All my documents EXCEPT my passport has been updated to my new name. Our case is at NVC and I am starting to gather documents for that and I see that we will need my passport. Would it be ok to upload my passport in my old name (it is still valid)? And then apply for a new passport in my new name and upload it when I get it? I basically just don't want to add a 6 week waiting time to our case. If anyone has been in a similar situation let me know!
  19. Hello, Is it possible to mail extra supporting documents after I had already mailed application for K-1 visa just last week? I found a new piece of evidence of name change that was not mailed with the application, is it too late to send it before they send my application back for RFE? I’ve only send it a copy of naturalization certificate as evidence of name change, but to my surprise I found a court document for petition for name change. I changed the spelling of my first name on the usa naturalization form. So I wasn’t sure if the copy of the naturalization certificate was enough legal evidence of name change. Please help! this is all very stressful and any information on this matter will help. thank you
  20. I'm aware that this is a personal decision but I want to get a whole picture before making important decisions. My wife came to the US on a K1 visa and we made the decision to not change her name after marriage to make everything easier for AOS instead of changing it. In a month, she's eligible to apply for citizenship and we've been talking about changing her name. She doesn't have a middle name so she'd take her maiden name as her middle name and she'd take my last name. Is it a real pain in the butt to get all the documentation switched over to her new name? And also, I've heard that the name in your passport has to be the name you travel with. If she had dual citizenship, she'd present her Belgian passport (old name) in Belgium but her new US passport (new name) when coming home. So which name would we fly with? Or would we just have to apply for a new Belgian passport in her new name to be on the safe side? Thank you for any input. I know this is ultimately a personal decision but it would be nice to get personal opinions from people who have done this.
  21. Hi, I have been looking around to see if there are any samples of cover letters for I-751 that also indicates a request for name change, I wonder if anyone has a sample of it? I just wanted to be sure on how I should write the cover letter with the request for my name change too. Thank you
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