Have you recently applied for a name change after your marriage? Please share your experiences in this context. This issue beomes very relevant for future H4 visa applicants as usually the H1 visa holder goes to India for the marriage, applies for the H4 visa for the spouse, get the visa, and fly together.
There are man steps in getting this done. Getting a date for the H4 visa interview and a marriage certificate is a big issue. Some people do not apply for a name change-they keep their maiden name on their passport, driving license, marriage certificate, and H4 visa application. Others apply for the name change. The problem is timing the whole thing. While balancing family expectations is a critical aspect of name change (Hindu rituals postulate a name change for the girl after marriage) getting your name changed can be quite a hassle, especially if you plan to fly with your spouse to the U.S.
Please share your experiences here. Did you retain your maiden name or did you get your last name changed? Did you have any issues during the H4 visa interview? Did you go to a public notary or simply the state government Gazette in India?
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