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  1. I'm LPR, Ukrainian citizen, and after getting married here in the US I've updated my last name - added my husband's last name, so it's hyphenated now. All my US paperwork is all good, has my new last name, that's all sorted (just need to update my DL to put the hyphen back in - it was accidentally dropped on my 2yr GC, which is now fixed on my 10yr GC). Before making any N-400 moves, I think I want to bring my Ukrainian paperwork up to date, and register my permanent residency with the Ukrainian embassy - does doing that make sense? I actually don't even understand what registering my LPR status with the Ukrainian embassy does. If my N-400 gets approved I feel like I still want to keep my Ukrainian citizenship, so I'm trying to figure out what actions would result in the least amount of complications post N-400. Also, if I do save up enough money / have time off to go visit my family in Ukraine, is it better to arrive there with Ukrainian passport, and would it need to have my married last name? 😣 I still have 3 years before I would have to do the 45 y/o photo in my internal passport - but would I need to update my internal passport (which, honestly, no idea how long that would take... plus I don't have "registration" there anymore) before I'm able to update my name in the travel passport? I'm all kinds of confused, and the web sites for the Ukrainian consulates, embassy, and foreign affairs ministry are confusing me even more.
  2. 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
  3. Hello everyone! I became a US citizen last year. Sadly, my marriage is falling apart and we are filing for divorce. Obviously, all my documents are in my married name, but I like to use my maiden name again after the divorce is finalized. Is it a requirement to change the naturalization certificate? Or can I use the certificate with the married name and the divorce decree as proof of citizenship whenever necessary? Also, I have upcoming international travel (if that happens with the current situation... who knows), if the divorce is final bevor and I change my name (on SSN, driver's license, etc), can I still use my passport in my married name? Tickets are booked on the married name. Thanks a lot in advance! (Also, please move to somewhere more fitting if this is the wrong section.)
  4. Changed my name through Local District, will this impact my N-400 after they approve it? I did ask USCIS to change my name before I got approved and then I decided to go to a local court and file a petition to change my name. A few weeks later my N-400 got approved and my name change from the court got approved too. I mailed a copy of the petition to the Field Office. But since then I haven't heard anything or seeing my name change on my uscis account. What should I do? I have been waiting for the oath ceremony since March of this year and most of the court suspended all naturalization ceremonies in my district. What should I do? And meanwhile, my green card expired and I called the Contact Center they said they won't schedule for any ADiT stamp appointment unless I provide proof of my job asking for my legal status which they haven't asked me. What should I do? I sent the certified document of the court order
  5. We're filing An's N-400 application online, and it asks if she has ever used another name. Since she's Vietnamese, we had the fairly common situation where her first and middle names got switched upon her immigration (due to the way the names appear on Vietnamese documents). So until she got her green card, she just went by her middle name followed by her first name for official purposes such as adding her to my bank accounts, enrolling in school, state ID card, etc. Then, when she applied for her green card, all she had to do was put the name she wanted to go by on the application, so she switched back to her first then middle name at the time. That's how her green card came, and she was able to use that to then change everything over to her real name. Of course, on the application, we put that she had also gone by Middle First Last. When we get to the document upload section, it asks for "the legal document that formally changed your name." There wasn't really a legal document, she just switched it on her green card application. I tried to just not upload anything for this section, but it throws up a warning - "You should provide evidence. If you do not provide evidence, your application processing may be delayed." What should we do here? Just leave it empty anyway? I'm baffled as far as what we could upload there that would show what they're asking. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
  6. Hello all, I apologize if this has been asked elsewhere, I couldn't find anything. We are about 3 weeks from mailing the I 751 and due to a number of circumstances my wife has not yet had her name changed. She wants to do this so that her 10 year card would reflect her new last name. Just as everything came together so we could apply for the name change - Covid19 shut everything down and our window has been lost. Long story short. Is it wiser to wait until after the new 10 year card is issued and then go back for a new card after the name change. Or, can we simply add additional paperwork to the application showing the name change has done? There is obviously no documentation, showing her with a new last name at this point. Our marriage license lists her with her maiden name. We felt at the time it was the better way to go rather than lose months and months in the Philippines waiting for name change documents and passport updates there. She needs her passport for work related travel and could not afford the delays that we believed we would face then. I know we should have gotten it done sooner once she had immigrated. But we didn't. We got comfortable and just lived - now we need to find the best path forward. A short novel for a short question - wait or move forward with name change? We prefer to get the name change done quickly as she needs to renew her passport soon anyway but not sure what documentation should be included with the I751 if we do so. Any advice would be appreciated. thanks
  7. Hi everyone. I arrived in San Diego, CA under a K-1 visa on March 5, and we just got married two days ago. I also added my husband's last name to mine on the marriage license. I understand that for GC/filing AOS I will need to fill the form with my married name. But within the waiting period between now and getting my GC, am I already allowed to put my married name on other documents/paperwork, such as Driver's License, Medical Card, insurance, bills, etc. even though my existing ID's (passport, SSN, unexpired I-94) are still under my maiden name? Will I encounter a problem when they ask for proof of identity that matches my married name? Is marriage certificate a sufficient for a proof? I appreciate all the answers.
  8. Hi, my newly wedded husband an I would like to file for the CR1 visa soon but I could need some advice first. I already asked in a few facebook groups but couldn't really find an answer to my question. So, my husband is from MN, I'm from Germany and we got married in Las Vegas (Nevada). Nevada allows you to chose a new last name in the license application or you can just leave it blank. I called the city hall (Standesamt) twice because the first officer seemed a little confused and gave me different answers when I asked to verify if we're talking about the same issue. My "problem" is, I'd like both out last names, so FirstName MaidenName HisLastName. The officer first told me it's ok to do so. But then he asked which state we got married in and then said that Nevada only allows both last names if they're hyphenated. I don't want it to be hyphenated, that't a little too fancy for my liking to be required to use it every time i gotta sign something and it seems more easy going without the hyphen. Has anyone else changes his/her last name in Germany and used the US name change law and could give me some advice ? Also, we'd like to file the i-130 petition ASAP, should I file it with my maiden name ? And at which point do I have to send them my new passport with my new last name ? My passport expires in March 2021 so I'd like to renew it with my new last name but atm all offices are closed due to the Covid-19. Kind regards and thanks in advance! Rina
  9. Hello all, I got an SSN before I got married, and now I'm thinking of going to the Social Security office to have my info updated to my married name. However, I found this on the Social Security website: " Corrected Card for a Noncitizen Adult If you change your name, become a U.S. citizen, or your immigration status or work authorization has changed, you need to tell Social Security so we can update our records and when necessary, issue a new card. " Source: https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm The thing is, my AOS packet is still pending. Once my applications come through, am I supposed to "declare" to Social Security that AOS and EAD have been approved? Does that mean I shouldn't have my name updated until then? Because I might be wasting a whole trip/process if I'd have to come back after approval anyways. Need advice on the matter.
  10. Hi! I think I have a pretty straight forward question, but I am not really sure about the steps that I should follow. I am currently on a F1 student visa working on EAD that you get for one year after completing my studies. I am getting married to a US citizen in January and planning to change my last name to my spouse's last name. I am trying to understand when I should/can change my last name on my SSN and drivers license. I am applying for the new EAD along with our application for my Green Card (Adjustment of Status and Petition). Do I need to wait for my new EAD (with my new last name) to arrive in the mail first or do I have to go to the SSN office as soon as I have my marriage certificate? I believe that I can't change my drivers license before my new EAD comes because they request that as a proof of identity at the DMV, but I am also not 100% sure. Thanks!
  11. Hello, I've been combing through the forum trying to find the process I should do to have my name changed while I am waiting for my green card. Along with my AOS packet, I sent copies of my marriage certificate so I thought that the name change was already acknowledged when I received the NOA. But when I went to my biometrics appointment last January 3rd, they informed me that my name on their file still showed as my maiden name. They still took my picture and fingerprints but the immigration officer said I had to write a letter to request the name change as well as to attach the supporting documents (just the marriage certificate, I'm assuming?). My husband and I also called a USCIS field office to check, and the man just told us to send in a letter and the marriage certificate. Is there a specific form that I should use for this? Or is there something else I should do, even? It just seems so informal to just send in a letter requesting for the name change. Thanks for any recommendations.
  12. Hi all.. hoping someone has insight on USC need to change maiden name to married name on their passport.. we are planning a trip to Colombia in March and I haven't changed my name on my passport to my new married name.. considering my husband has his gc because we are married, will it be necessary for me to change my name on my passport before this trip? Also, wondering if expediting is recommended or if these things generally get processed pretty quick? Any help is much appreciated
  13. Hi! Is your old green card still valid for travel after a legal name change? My wife is a long time permanent resident (green card holder) and has booked a trip to Europe to visit her parents. She legally changed her last name about 6 months ago and has a new passport and ID card in that name. Her green card, however, is still in her last name. She applied for a new green card but still hasn't received a replacement (maybe 6 more months of waiting). Does anyone know if she will be able to use the old green card (along with the court order as proof of the name change) to return to the US? Many thanks!
  14. Hey guys so as the title say I will be changing both my first and last name when my citizenship interview arrive. I will be taking my wife's last name and an entirely new first name. Would there be any trouble by doing so at other places like banking, employment or SSA? Thank you
  15. I know this topic has been discussed before, but those threads are years old, so thought I'd get a fresh perspective. We're planning a county clerk marriage in two days. Haven't yet decided whether she'll keep her Chinese surname, or take mine (and use her Chinese surname as a new "middle name"). Here's a brief summary of some of the pros and cons I identified in earlier threads on this topic. Are there any others to be aware of? Pros (partial list): I didn't actually see this directly stated anywhere, but it occurs to me that one benefit of a Chinese wife taking her American husband's surname is that it counts towards the "relationship bonafides" evidence list. (is this true?) Helps beneficiary more thoroughly adapt to life in America, an English language environment, etc For those worried about the maiden name on her Chinese passport not matching her married name on her travel document, she can always get an "addendum" page added to her Chinese passport (thanks @RandyW ) Cons (partial list): In 2013, @Darnell wrote that his Chinese wife keeping her maiden surname "Makes ID very easy - just think about changing her hukuo book, china id card, china passport, etc - what a PITA !" (My question to Darnell, updated to 2019, is this: is it really necessary for her to actually change her hukou book, China ID card, Chinese passport, etc? I guess if her passport was about to expire it might be an issue, but my fiancee's is good for 7 years. If she did take my name, couldn't she just keep her Chinese documents for use in China, and use her US documents in the US? As for airlines it appears that the marriage certificate should "connect" the maiden to the married name. I suppose the hassle is one isn't really given a chance to submit a marriage certificate in the airline ticket online booking process, triggering the need for phone booking, which can have extra costs?) Keeping her maiden name is a sign of respect for her heritage and culture. It's a way for her to keep a visceral connection with her homeland. And on the practical side, her Chinese surname is very easy to read and pronounce by Americans (unlike certain Chairmans of the Party's Chinese surnames).
  16. Hi Does anyone have an idea as to how to check when the next Judicial Oath Ceremony will take place. How frequent these ceremonies are in Philadelphia. In my case a judicial oath ceremony is needed because of a name change. Also, can we apply for the US passport on the same day or do we need to wait? What info do we need if can apply on the same day?
  17. Hello! I'm a transgirl, and I have a few questions in relation to K-1 visa... After I am given the K-1 Visa by the US consulate and arrive in the U.S. and marry my fiancé, is it possible to go to therapists/psychologists and legally change my name and gender while waiting for the Green Card? If not, is it possible to do so when I get the Green Card? And what are the documents needed to show proof of said change? Is it perhaps better to transition prior to moving to the U.S. and then move in, or is it possible to transition in the U.S. as an immigrant? tl;dr: Can I change my name and gender as an immigrant, or is it better to transition before? Thanks a lot in advance!
  18. So my fiance (female) came to the US on a K1. We got married and need to know how to exactly do the name change for her last name. We got the social security card in her maiden name because they wouldn't let us get it with my last name unless I went to Homeland Security. As of now we dont know what to do for the work permit and green card for her name (maiden or new last name). Am I allowed to do a name change on her social security card now with the marriage certificate so the rest of the applications can have her marriage name? Or I can only change all the names after she gets the green card? Thanks,
  19. Some advice needed as calling the NVC didn't help at all. Our situation: We have been approved through USCIS and now waiting for the NVC case number. All of the paperwork with I-130 has been filled out with my wife's maiden name. She will be getting a new passport soon and will be changing her name to her married name. We haven't started the DS-260 yet and she doesn't have the new passport to make a photocopy for the required documents. Should we fill out the DS-260 with her married name? Should we wait until the interview to show the new passport and have the name changed then? I fear that if the DS-260 doesn't have her married name, we will run into some problems at the interview. Any advice would be helpful. :-) (We will be going to the Ukrainian Consulate)
  20. Hi! I am based in London with a valid 10 year-tourist visa. My husband, who is based in America, and I just recently got married. I am on the process of getting a new passport bearing my husband’s last name. Few months ago, we already started my petition paper. Since my petition won’t be finalised until probably next year, I would still want to visit him every now and then. The problem is, I am on the process of getting a new passport using my married name. Based on your experiences, will I be able to travel to US with the given situation? I wanted to hear your experiences. According to travel.state.gove, “If your name has legally changed through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered name change, you will need to obtain a new passport. Once you have a new passport, the Department of State recommends that you apply for a new U.S. visa to make it easier for you to travel to and from the United States.” The dilemma is I don't think I will be approved of a new tourist visa if I apply since I have a pending petition to be an immigrant.
  21. Is name change important in this process? How many ladies/men changed their last name or not and how did it affect your process as a whole. Thank you
  22. Hi everyone! Idk if this is the right forum to ask, please move if not. Thank you! Married March 2018 PD June 2018 130 approved December 2018 DQ/CC June 2019 From USCIS stage to NVC stage we used my maiden name. I haven’t change any yet and planning to change it when I renew passport next year. Now i’m waiting for interview date and I will still be using my current passport with my maiden name. Is it possible to request that my GC and SSN will be my married name during the interview to avoid paying more fees when I get to the US and change names on both GC and SSN? Can I do this at the interview or how do I start? Thank you so much.
  23. Does anyone have any USCIS EVIDENCE that proves that my marriage certificate that only states my maiden name rather than both my married name AND my maiden name is a valid. I COMPLETELY understand that I can elect to take my spouse's married name simply because it is listed on our MC but I got an RFIE for both I765 and I131 for "the name you provided on Form XXX does not match your name in other USCIS records". I totally understand too that they could have simply lost my MCs but the RFIE goes on to state "Provide evidence that the name change was completed according to the relevant state (or foreign) law" so my concern is that line there as I have no evidence that the name change is actually legal. I'm going to call the county clerk on Monday to find out if they can issue you me something that states that MCs in their county don't indicate the new married name and only the maiden name. What do you think?
  24. Hi there. So I just got married with my husband a few weeks ago and I applied for Advanced Parole travel document under my married name. I remember back in the seminar in CFO that whenever I go back to the Philippines and then return to the US, the immigration officer will always ask for the certificate that I have completed the seminar. But the passport and the certificate that I have and the sticker that is attached in my passport are all in my maiden name. These documents wont show the same name as the one that will be in my travel document. So should I update the name that appears on my passport to my married name and will that still bear the same passport number? And how do I do that? All other IDs that I got when I got here in the US are all under my married name.
  25. Hi guys, I wanted to know how to complete the N-400 as there is a section that asks for the current legal name which apparently should be as per the birth certificate (BC). While applying for residency, it was never asked to provide this name from the BC, instead I was asked to provide as per my passport, so the name that I've used since then is always the name on my passport. Now the issue is like this. Let say I was born Mathew, but my passport had my name Matthew and I've always used the name in my passport as my legal name. I have all the passports from the time I was born to show the difference between my BC and the Passport. Now, what is the best way to enter my name on the application without causing too many problems?
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