Marriage can be an exciting event, yet it often comes with administrative tasks such as changing one’s name after marriage.
Individuals on K2 visas in Michigan face special procedures when changing their names post-marriage; we will cover these steps here with information to simplify and expedite this process.
Before diving deeper into Michigan’s procedure for name changes, it’s crucial to understand its legal framework surrounding name changes. Michigan courts offer individuals access to changing their names through legal proceedings – this applies to citizens and non-citizens holding K2 visas.
Step One: Acquire an Official Copy of Your Marriage Certificate
The first step to changing your name on a K2 visa in Michigan is obtaining a certified copy of your marriage certificate from where it took place – contact the county clerk’s office in that county where your wedding took place, provide them with all of your pertinent data, and pay any applicable fees to receive one.
Step Two: Modifying Your Social Security Card
Once you have obtained an official copy of the marriage certificate, the second step in updating your Social Security card should also be updating it. Fill out an Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5) with all supporting documents, including marriage certificate, passport, and proof of immigration status such as K2 visa, before sending these to Social Security Administration office either personally or by mail for processing and issuing new Social Security cards with updated names.
Step 3: Update Your Driver’s License or State ID Card
To update your driver’s license or state identification card to reflect your new name, visit a Secretary of State branch office in Michigan with all of the documents necessary, such as current ID/DL/ID cards/state ID cards with current names on them; certified copies of marriage certificate(s), other required identification documents as required and applicable fees due. Fill out all appropriate forms and pay the fees needed before receiving new ones reflecting your new name.
Step 4: Updating Passport and Immigration Documents
It is imperative to update your passport and immigration documents with your new name. For this step, contact your country’s embassy or consulate in the U.S. to ask about changing it on the passport; additionally, inform US Citizenship and Immigration Services of this change by filing out necessary forms and supporting documents; this will create continuity across records as well as speed up future travel processes and immigration processes.
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