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Must a wife take husband’s last name for approval of a marriage-based green card?

Q: We plan on applying for a green card for the non-US citizen spouse after we get married. Does the wife need to take the husband’s name for a marriage-based green card to be approved?

A: No. While taking a spouse’s name (or hyphenating both names, otherwise combining them, etc.) is likely viewed somewhat positively by some reviewing USCIS officers, it isn’t a legal requirement or even a major consideration.

USCIS will focus more on the degree to which you are sharing your lives together – combining finances and sharing legal obligations, spending time together and with each other’s’ family and friends as evidenced by photographs, and other indicators of a shared life.



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The above is presented for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship with our firm. The information provided should not be used as guidance in pursuing an immigration matter absent consultation with a qualified immigration attorney.