I’m an American national, single currently, but I will be marrying shortly (Lee Kaiwen is my adopted Chinese name). I have an ARC, and currently am in Taiwan on a 1 year resident visa; once we’re married, I’ll be applying for a JFRV. After we’re married, we plan either to stay in Taiwan or relocate to the mainland. In either case, we will not be returning to the States.
I wish to adopt my mother’s maiden surname for personal reasons – as a tribute to my much beloved grandparents, who passed away recently, and because I grew up amongst my mother’s family, never having had any contact with my father or his family.
I actually began the process once years ago, but all the filing fees and court fees and application fees exceeded the resources of a poor college student. Now that I’m about to get married and (Lord willing) start a family, I’d like to complete the process.
This doesn’t necessarily have to be completed before we’re married, I suppose, as my fiancee will be keeping her name anyway; it just seems like it would be simpler. Perhaps I’ll have more legal traction with a JFRV?
(I’m also considering changing my Chinese name, but that’s trivial as it’s not legal yet.)