I’m a US citizen and my wife has immigrated from Greece. We filed the I-485, etc., over two years ago at the Chicago field office and now have finally been scheduled for the immigration interview. Next week.
So we took all our documentation–about a banker’s box worth of papers–to an immigration attorney for a final overview. We’re fine in all areas…except one, about which the attorney thought there might be a problem but wasn’t sure.
I’ve since talked to three different attorneys, in various specialties, and none are absolutely sure. The consensus so far seems to be “Go ahead to the interview and hope for the best.”
That is indeed what we’ll probably do…but I was hoping Dopers might have some additional input. Here goes:
In 1977, I changed my name by the “Usage” method. That is, I typed up an affidavit stating the name change, had it notarized, mailed a copy to anyone who might have been interested, got a new Social Security card (same number, new name), new Driver’s License, etc., etc., I have now used the new name exclusively for 26 years, all without benefit of court order.
Will the interviewing officer balk at accepting a birth certificate with my original name and all more recent papers in my current name…without a court document?
I have the original name change affidavit, a copy of my original SS card, old name, with a copy of my current SS card, new name, both with the same SS number, a social security account statement showing continuity of employment records, and a very recent affidavit from my brother stating that I am the same individual, despite the name change.
The main question: Should we request re-scheduling of the interview while I get a court order? Or is it better to go ahead and risk our case being put in suspension? Any ideas on how great the risk might be?
And, Eva Luna, I caught your thread in the Pit the other day. You have my heartfelt commiserations regarding your situation. Let me assure you that your input here, if any, is very sincerely appreciated.