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Monday, April 26, 2010

Must a Woman Take Her Husband's Last Name for Immigration?

     When residency is based on marriage to a U.S. citizen, foreigners do not want to make any mistakes.  That may be why I am often asked the question by foreign national women whether they must take their spouse's last name.  The unspoken statement is that they don't wish to, but they also don't wish to jeopardize the success of their case.
     Well, I'm here to say that experienced Immigration Officers don't care about the maiden-to-married name switch.  Retaining the maiden name is commonplace in the cultures of many countries, so an officer would be accustomed to that tradition.
     If there is any further question on whether to retain the last name, though, click through to Catherine Rampell's article this week in The New York Times.  A group of Dutch researchers recently published their findings that women who change their name at marriage make nearly $400,000 less over their lifetimes than women who do not. They are viewed as older, less educated and unmotivated compared to women who kept their names when they tied the knot.

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