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    Best course of action before sending AOS application

    My wife came to the US on an F1 visa and we are filing for AOS(we married 3 years after she entered)

    She had her complete name changed before coming but forgot to mention it in the F1. Her birth certificate has her birth name. In the AOS paperwork we are including her old name. She still has her name change documents along with the advertisement in the newspaper declaring the same. We talked to an attorney(on AVVO For a small consultation fee) and he advised not to include the supporting paperwork with the application but instead just taking it with us for the interview as he though that "we should not give extra information unless specifically asked for it"

    Anyone has had a similar experience? In my wife's birth country, it is possible to have her birth certificate amended to her new name. Should we do that?

    What at kind of scrutiny should we expect?

    Thank you all

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    AFAIK, a birth cert is required both for non-immigrant visas like F-1 and IV. Did consulate not notice the anamoly when she submitted her passport and birth cert at the time of F-1 visa application?

    Before you go ahead with changing the name on the birth cert, think about the bigger picture and long term consequences. It may come back to hurt her case (if not at AOS) then maybe during citizenship where they ask specifically if you ever provided any wrong information to US government to gain any immigration benefits.

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    She was never asked for her BC for her F-1. She is willing to disclose er old name as she doesnt want to lie. SHould we include the affidavit of name change or just bring it at the interview?

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