Should I change my last name to my fiance when we get married.

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Should I change my last name to my fiance when we get married.

My husband and I will be getting married soon and then i want to apply for residency for him since he is not from the U.S. I am debating whether or not to keep my maiden name. However, I don’t want that to count against us when we go to apply I don’t want them to this well they are married then why didn’t she change her name so do u think it would be in our best interest to change it my main reason for not wanting to is it takes time and money to change all records and legal documents, etc. and I’d rather not do all that and just use his surname socially.

Asked on December 1, 2016 under Immigration Law, Oklahoma


SB Member California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

That in itself has absolutely no bearing on the case.  Whether or not you change your name or not after marriage does not affect or determine whether or not the marriage is bona fide.  That is really the only issue the USCIS will look at.  As far as money, it really does not involve any  money to change the name on all the records and documents, especially not when it is done as part of getting married.  However, many women choose to keep their maiden name for career purposes.

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