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    i am a us citizen that is engaged to a wonderfull women , today we went to get our marriage license , my question is this , does she have to change her name at the time that we are getting the marriage license or she can do it later , the reason is that i am going to petition for her this mid october and was wondering that if it would be a problem if on the marriage certificate her name remain the same or should she change it ? so please let me know what should we do thx once again to all

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    i am a us citizen that is engaged to a wonderfull women , today we went to get our marriage license , my question is this , does she have to change her name at the time that we are getting the marriage license or she can do it later , the reason is that i am going to petition for her this mid october and was wondering that if it would be a problem if on the marriage certificate her name remain the same or should she change it ? so please let me know what should we do thx once again to all

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    • #3
      My advice to you would be have her name changed when you are married.
      Once you have filled out forms with USCIS, if you want to change her name later on, believe me they can make mistakes.
      It is so much easier if she has everything changed to her married name, including passport and all necessary papers. If all her ID"s don't match she could also come across problems in the US, (like I did) so please take my advice and have her name changed upon marriage.
      Or you could take her name
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      • #4
        Ok I am not sure if I got it right..you are already married?
        If its too late to change her name right now, yes she can change her name later as long as its before getting the Green card, because after that its difficult to get name changed on everything.
        My advice though would be still have her change her name to her married name before you petition for her, it saves a lot of complications down the road.
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        • #5
          thx for your reply , we are engaged but today we were at the city clerk getting our marriage license i think that we left the surname as her maiden name , so by what you said it will be a problem right ? we planned to get married next week , so the name change will happen at the ceremony or should we have done that while we were filing the marriage license . i'm jst alittle confuse , tell me what u think , thx

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          • #6
            Oh Im sorry..someone else will need to answer that. I wasn't married in the US and not sure how they do things here.
            In my country the name gets changed once you are married and sign the register, which you then get a marriage certificate with new name one it.

            So hopefully someone will come by and give you that answer.

            Hope you have a lovely wedding day
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            • #7
              thk you , so can anyone else on here help a little , here's another question . like i said before i plan to petition for her , i read on the uscis site , and it said that i will have to file :
              i-130
              i-485
              g-325
              i-765 and anothe rone for the income , but i read on the uscis website that if you filling a i-485 and a i-765 you do not need to pay for the fees of the i-765 , am i getting this right ?

              here's the citation : Special Instructions
              If you filed a Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, on July 30, 2007, or after, then no fee is required to file a request for advance parole on Form I-131 and/or employment authorization on Form I-765. You may file the I-131 and I-765 concurrently with your I-485, or you may submit the I-131 and/or I-765 at a later date. If you file Form I-131 and/or I-765 separately, you must also submit a copy of the receipt for your Form I-797C, Notice of Action, as evidence of the filing of an I-485.:


              is this correct , no fee for i-765 is filled i-485 ?

              i will be waiting for any reply , thx in advance

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              • #8
                Newguy, you might have to wait until the morning, some great posters on here will be able to help you with these answers.

                Don't forget to check back then

                All the best
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                National Domestic Violence Hotline:
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                • #9
                  unlike in most countries, in USA one doesn't declare during the ceremony which last name will use after the marriage.
                  The marriage license should be issued in bride's maiden name. Marriage certificate will be in the maiden name as well.
                  After the marriage, if one party (or both) wants to change the last name, he/she should go to the SS office with the marriage certificate and ask for name change in connection with SSN. Once, he/she has a new SS card in married name, all documents could and should be changed. And you use married name on USCIS forms.... Well that's how it was in my State, a few years back.

                  Yes, now a fee for I-485 includes employment authorisation document and advance parole.

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                  • #10
                    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">unlike in most countries, in USA one doesn't declare during the ceremony which last name will use after the marriage.
                    The marriage license should be issued in bride's maiden name. Marriage certificate will be in the maiden name as well.
                    After the marriage, if one party (or both) wants to change the last name, he/she should go to the SS office with the marriage certificate and ask for name change in connection with SSN. Once, he/she has a new SS card in married name, all documents could and should be changed. And you use married name on USCIS forms.... Well that's how it was in my State, a few years back.

                    Yes, now a fee for I-485 includes employment authorisation document and advance parole. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>



                    thx Aneri , so that mean that the license is made with her maiden name than once she received the marriage certificate she has to go to the SSA to have her name change but all form that we will sent to the uscis have to be file with the new name meaning her married name , am i getting this right ? thx in advance for all reply

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                    • #11
                      Congrats on upcoming nuptials.

                      She cannot legally change her name before marriage. unless she goes to the court and pays money . the signed marriage certificate filed in the county where you will be married gives her the legal right to change her name if she so desires to. without cost.

                      She does not have to change her name if she does not want to. this is merely a tradition in the united states by most. Tons of other countries, the woman keeps her name and does not change it. its no big deal... only in america it seems.

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                      • #12
                        Hey guys, this might apply for a USC, but when you are connected to immigration it is very important that the immigration papers are put in the name she wants to remain as or at least to keep things consistent.
                        When you go for your interview for Green card, they usually ask what name do you want on that card, but having the new name on the first lot of paperwork is so much easier.
                        The paperwork is not clear either for people who want to keep maiden name. As it asks Married name, maiden name..other name. They screwed up my paperwork at first because they was not sure which was my maiden name.

                        I had my maiden name on my immigration papers, when I went to get a SS# they put my name in my married name as I had a marriage certificate with my married name on it, that is the name they went by.
                        Then I tried to get apply for a drivers license, they would not give me one or even an ID card.
                        They said that they have to legally go by what my immigration documents said not by what the SS or anybody else says. They told me that I could not have an alias name but had to have my SS and EAD etc in the same name.
                        I had so much trouble for not having every ID in one name. I was going to change my name for everything before the Green card, but I had to deal with it at that time if I wanted to get a drivers license and other documents.
                        So the line started with USCIS, I gave them a letter asking to change my name to my married name, once I got confirmation I then changed my other documents like my passport and so on.

                        I have also had so many problems here regarding my name before changing, proving I was in fact Mrs...x.
                        Somehow because I am an immigrant people tend to check papers, ID's more etc
                        For example I had to go somewhere to pick something up, my ID at the time had my maiden name, they would not let me take it as I was not Mrs X.
                        Mail for example...letters that are addressed to Mr and Mrs X...if you don't have ID for Mrs X then you are not legally allowed to pick it up or sign for it, that happened to me after trying to pick up our mail that was hold after a vacation.

                        Its not neccessary to take a husband's name, but for immigration purposes I really recommend to change it, or his to hers. (as some do these days).
                        I came across to many problems and know of many who had the same.

                        Just my opinion of course.
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                        National Domestic Violence Hotline:
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                        • #13
                          thx for your reply , so it is wiser to have her take my name and sent the paper with mr n mrs x and not with mr x n mrs y , right ? thx for all the replies so far thx

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                          • #14
                            Its just my opinion newguy, its up to you really, but from personal experience I think its wiser.
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                            National Domestic Violence Hotline:
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                            • #15
                              <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by newguy09:
                              thx for your reply , so it is wiser to have her take my name and sent the paper with mr n mrs x and not with mr x n mrs y , right ? thx for all the replies so far thx </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
                              can't figure out what's n, x, and y...
                              First and foremost, what you wife wants? And what, if any, USA papers (SSN, DL) she has?

                              If she has none, she should simple start using the last name she wants right after the marriage, including on immigration papers... and get ALL documents in that name.

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