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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2005

    Default Green Card Holder Marrying a Citizen

    I have been a holder of GC for 2 years. I have obtained the GC via my employment. I will be getting merried in a few months to a US citizen, and would like to know what I am expected to do by the INS. Do I need to contact them for any reasons? I will be changing my name etc. Also, do I need to do some sort of filing...? I understand that to be able to apply for Citizenship, GC holder must wait 5years. .... I am actually a citizen of one of EU countries, and am not really in "need" of US citizenship. I am just wanting to follow the rules in the USA etc.

    Please advise.
    Thank you.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2004

    Default Green Card Holder Getting Married

    The "INS" is now the "BSCIS".

    Given that you already have a Green Card permitting lawful employment in the U.S., it is unlikely that the marriage will have any effect on your status - that is, you don't have to worry about the conditional status that arises from obtaining a Green Card as the result of marriage, but also the marriage won't have any effect on the date you will ultimately qualify for citizenship.

    However, given that you will be changing your name, you need to take action - according to the BSCIS:
    You will need to replace your permanent resident card if: ...
    * Your name or other biographic information on the card has been legally changed since you last received your card...
    That page indicates that the form you use to replace your card is Form I-90.

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