Hello K,Thank you very much for your quick response to my question.
It is my sincere pleasure!It seems fairly simple, but I still have some follow up questions.
Of course, and this is what I am here for.Do I change my name on the marriage certificate to the new name already? That would be the first time I would use the name.
The marriage certificate will be proof that you married, and will help affect the name change overall. In other words, you can tell the clerk at the time of getting the certificate if you wish to keep the name or not, and the paperwork should reflect this.
Once this is done, the marriage certificate serves as the main document
that you use to change your name in any official and unofficial documents - DMV, SSA, USCIS, etc. Most will require a quick application and a copy of the marriage certificate to process the name change.I have read in other threads that the SSN office won’t accept the last name without the USCIS documents which I won’t have at that point. Maybe that was an unrelated post, I can’t remember. Have you heard of that before? What documentation will I need to present at the Social Security office as identity? My German passport will still show my maiden name as well as the H1B under my maiden name. Will that be a problem?
Please do not believe everything you read. You can see what you would need to change your name on your SSA card here
. For you, this would mean:
Current Driver License;
Proof of immigration
status including your Employment Authorization; and
Application for another SSA card (here
)My German passport will still show my maiden name as well as the H1B under my maiden name. Will that be a problem?No
, but keep proof of the marriage and the "paper trail" that shows your name change just in case when you travel. Eventually, you will want to change your German Passport too with the local German Consulate
.I would then want to apply at USCIS with my new name as described in your #3. That would be the conditional green card, right?
If possible, it is best to send in the request for a new name WITH THE CONDITIONAL GREENCARD application.While the application is pending, will I be able to travel freely with my German passport and old H1B? Or will I need any other documentation?
Name change aside, you should not travel while your paperwork is pending with USCIS, I am afraid. If you must, an I-131 is needed prior to doing so - here
. If you get this and travel, keep proof of your name change as explained just so you can show that the two names are XXXXX XXXXX person.
My wife has the same issue and she was quite fine.Thanks again for your help,
Meine Freude und viel Gluck!
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