My husband and I got married a month ago. I am on H1b status and he is US citizen. We want to apply for green card. When should I change my name from maiden to married? Does it matter if we apply for name change after we apply for GC or do I need to make changes prior to applying GC. Please advice. I understand I need to retain a lawyer, answer question if you can offer an advice besides retaining an experienced lawyer. Thank you for taking time to share valuable information.
I have answered this question before. You should use your maiden or married name on the initial petition.
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Submit the application with his family name as your last name and you will receive the green card in that name. In US you elect your last name after marriage by requesting id or card in that name. If you want a different name than any of your or husband last name or combination of the two, then you would have to do it by a petition in court preferably after you adjust status.
Best of luck...!!!
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You don't have to apply for an official name change. You can list his name as the family name and the green card will be issued with that last name. There will also be parts of the application that require you to list your maiden name. In short, no need to make any changes prior to the green card application.
Changing names or taking husband's last name is a matter of personal choice. This is the general information appropriate for this website. If you have further questions, unfortunately, you will have to retain an attorney so s/he can explain consequences/ benefits of choosing one over the other. Good luck!
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