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I am a US Citizen for about 2 years now. While a green card holder I got married in Poland, in 2013 and I changed my last name to my husbands name there. I did not do anything about my name in the US. I kept my maiden name on my Green Card. I then became a US citizen under my maiden name. Soon after becoming a citizen we applied for a green card for my husband and he was granted one. Did I commit a fraud by keeping my last name in the US? We are currently in the process of buying a townhouse, I want to make sure that the documents I am signing have legal power.
Asked on November 30, 2016 under Immigration Law, California
SB Member California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 6 years ago | Contributor
No, it is fine. You can keep your maiden name even if you are married. Obviously you did not keep the fact that you are married from the US government since you petitioned for your husband and he obtained a green card. If all your documents are still in the maiden name you can continue using it in the US. If you want to add the married name as part of the legal name, you can do so as well.
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