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How can I change my name without impacting my pending I-829 case?

I have a pending I-829 case. Recently I got married and need to change my family name. Do I have to notify USCIS about this change? If I leave the case as it is and not make any changes, will there be any issues?

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Best practice is to interfile a copy of your marriage certificate if it shows your married name. Otherwise, obtain a court order of a changing name, which is a simple procedure, and interfile that along with a copy of the marriage certificate. You would likely want a permanent green card in the new name when your I-829 is approved.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    In most states changing a name through marriage is automatic and the document is a certified copy of the marriage certificate. You should notify USCIS if you change, but you also have the option of using your maiden name if you prefer.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Just interfile your marriage certificate showing your selection of name change.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Unless you want to make the change of your name be reflected on the green card, there is no need to report a name change. If you decide later to report the name change, you will have the opportunity to do so when you apply for your naturalization for U.S. citizenship.

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    Barbara Suri

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You may update your name information by submitting a certified copy of your marriage certificate, along with a copy of your birth certificate to your immigration file.

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    Marko Issever

    EB-5 Broker Dealer
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    You should not have any problems with this. Once you have your I-829 approved you can take care of it by presenting your marriage certificate.

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    Stephanie Lee

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You won't have any problem even though you don't amend your pending I-829 case. Rather, I recommend you do a name change when you apply for the naturalization.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You should be able to change your name and it would have no impact whatsoever on your pending I-829 petition. Your marriage certificate would demonstrate that your name was changed presumably to your husband's. You do not have to notify USCIS at the I-829 stage. Although it may be difficult, you may want to do so at the NIV stage in order to have your 10-year permanent resident card issued in your married name.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Generally, USCIS does not request updates on names like they do addresses. An interfiling may be possible.

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