Webster, NY asked in Immigration Law for New York

Q: Traveling with green card in maiden name and passport in married name?

I got married abroad a year ago and hyphenate my last name with my husband name (Evans-Karalis). Now my foreign passport has my married last name, but the green card, that will expire in 2026, has my maiden name. I have marriage certificate translated in English. Will I have any problems to enter the US with these documents?

Thank you.

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Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Traverse City, MI

A: You should carry the marriage certificate with you at the time of travel but you should not have problem because upon your arrival to the US border the CBP officer will take your fingerprint scan and match it to the green card anyways. Best wishes!

Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, FL

A: Carry your Birth Certificate and Marriage License with you.

When you apply for Naturalization change your name to your married name.

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