Las Vegas, NV asked in Immigration Law for Nevada

Q: Can I use my GC with my maiden name and my documents (drive license and SS) with my marriage name for work?

When I applied for my green card, I was advised not to put my married name at the time of application, as I could request the exchange on the day of my interview. When the day came, I asked the interviewer to change my name and he said it was not possible. During the waiting period (long 13 months) I had changed my license license to my married name. As my green card arrived with the maiden name, I went to the DMV to ask if I could go back with my maiden name and was informed that it was not possible without the judge's order or with the divorce (which does not make sense because I am married). I just tried to renew my Drive license even with my married name, but now the DMV asks me to change my SS for the married name too. My question is, when I start working, is it possible to use my green card with my maiden name and my documents (drive license and SS) with a married name? How can I reverse this judicially? Does Exist something I can do for now in immigration to exchange it?

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Kelli Y Allen
Kelli Y Allen
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Charlotte, NC

A: You need to change your name with social security first. Once you have the new SS card, send a copy to USCIS with form I-90 and the application fee to request a new card issued in your married name.

Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: You can request a name change through the court.

It may be difficult to get employment if the name on your green card and social security card don’t match. Getting your name changed through the court may be your best bet.

It is curious that the adjudicator wouldn’t show your married name on your green card. You should be able to submit a Form I-90 with your marriage certificate (showing your name change) and get a new green card in your married name.

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