I have now received my first British Passport – Thought of sharing the experience I went through
I will refer -
Indian Passport as IP
British Passport as BP
Note: Focus is on Name aspect as for me that was the key challenge as my IP had no surname and only forename – The forename had two names – let’s say – Mike Khan – for all my other purposes (bank, dvla, work etc) Khan was used as surname
8th Feb – Applied for Naturalisation – NCS Hounslow – lady said I should not include anything in surname as my passport doesn’t have it (Pl note i know some of my friends who had applied 4 or 5 months ago, with the same situation, no surname in IP, but in naturalization form they included surname, and they managed to get certificate with Surname printed - but i understand some name policy from gov has been in effect so not sure what the current state on this is)
11th March – approval – received it on 28th March (pl note dates are approximate)
18th April – Ceremony + post office Check service for passport – (London post office) – In passport form I included surname as Khan (post office guy didn't seem to know any better)
28th April – received letter from HMPO stating as name in form and IP different they can’t process as in their system surname is mandatory and i don't have surname in IP or certificate – After some calling to HMPO, reading and searching this forum and gov websites etc. And more importantly speaking to the actual examiner got the advice:
1) Surrender Indian Passport (thankfully VFS india can surrender just based on naturalisation certificate - no need for BP)
2) Created deed poll using https://deedpolloffice.com/change-name
(i am sure there are others also) – current name include Mike Khan, for surname leave blank and it asks whether you have left it purposely – say yes. New Name put Khan as surname – this way in the deedpoll the difference is clearly highlighted.
Sign deedpoll, use witness (normal witness is fine no need for solicitor or lawyer) – seriously i didn’t think name change is so easy in this country..
Please note I didn't require to update my naturalization certificate - it had Mike Khan with no surname field. but this seems fine as naturalization certificate are not supposed to be amended for name change category as it is supposed to reflect point in time details (that's what i think...) (unless obviously if there is spelling mistake etc which probably is a different case)
2nd week May – I received my surrender certificate (took 4 days – which i thought was quick)
3rd week of May – sent the surrender certificate + cancelled IP + deed poll to HMPO
4th Week – within one day of receipt of docs, HMPO said application processed and asked to arrange interview
1st June – interview at London office
2nd June – text
4th June – passport delivery by dx-secure – (read some bad experience on websites about them but in my case i had a positive experience – instead of contacting via phone contact via twitter or facebook – they responded in 30min for each of my request or query – which was useful – gave instructions about access code for my appt gate and route to the actual flat (as it is not very straightforward) – i was surprised to see DX drive knock on my door at around 11ish today!
I hope this is of some help – and as one of the other guys said thanks for this forum is really an underestimate – this forum has been just so useful – big thanks to moderators and other contributors
Happy to assist with any other queries