Should my U.S. fiance change her name when we get married?

Asked 8 months ago - Moline, IL

i am getting married to my U.S. fiance. Im in the US on a student visa. should she change her name to my last name before we start the green card process?

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  1. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko

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    Answered . It is optional and up to her.

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  2. Daniel Patrick Hanlon

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    Answered . That is entirely a matter of personal preference.

    Please note that this posting does not constitute legal advice or create any attorney-client relationship with the... more
  3. Ajay Kumar Arora

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    Answered . Changing the last name to match the surname of a spouse has no bearing on whether a marriage is bona fide, and is thus purely optional.

  4. Belen Teresa Gomez

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues. A name change is a completely personal matter and should not affect your immigration case. You will have to show your relationship is "bonafide" or real and not for immigration purposes. You will need to do this through other evidence.

  5. Gunda Johanna Brost

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    Answered . Keeping her name is an entirely acceptable choice which will not impact the applications merits. USCIS understands that there is no longer a requirement, social or otherwise, for a woman to take her husband's name.

    This advice does not form an attorney-client relationship and is merely informative. It should not by itself be... more

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