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Can I continue to use my passport in my maiden name?

by K

Question: I got married last year in the US and legally changed my name. My husband and I are currently living in Guatemala and my residency visa is in my current passport with my maiden name.


I also have visas to travel to other countries, and they are also in my maiden name. Can I hold on to my maiden name passport until it expires, or must I change it now? How will that affect my visas? I know that once I change my name in the passport, they return the old one, but that it is then voided, so I am not sure how I can enter other countries. Thank you!

Answer: Best practice and the one that has least potential for problems is to travel with a passport that has your current legal name in it.

Once your new passport is issued in your current name, the old passport will be invalidated and returned to you. There are a few countries that allow you to enter with your valid passport and the visa in the invalidated passport. Most others require you apply for either a transfer of the visa the new passport or a completely new visa. You need to check with the embassy or consulate general of each nation for which you have valid visas.

Guatemala likely has regulations requiring the update of your residence visa due to name change. Contact the immigration agency that oversees the issuance of residency visas there.

You can apply for a passport name change at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City.

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Do I have to change my name?
by: Anonymous

Question: I need to renew my passport. I got married (am getting divorced and changing name back). I legally changed my name but did not change it on my passport. I want to renew it with my maiden name on it as it is now. My question is can I just keep the same name on my passport if I never applied for a name change on it before and will be reverting back to my maiden name soon? Or do I have to wait for my divorce and legally change my name back and provide proof of said name change?

Answer: You can renew your passport now. There will be no need to wait for your divorce to be finalized since the name on your passport hasn't been changed to your married name.

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