Hello, euapplicant15,euapplicant15 wrote:Hi everyone,
I have been a silent reader of this topic for a while, hoping I won't have the same problem. Well, I do now!
I became a citizen in my original Bulgarian name. Send my passport application with a name change to become XXXX-YYYY where XXXX is the name of my husband followed by my birth surname YYYY.
The HMPO said I need to have my naturalization certificate changed, as well as surrender/start a procedure for surrendering my Bulgarian passport. The Bulgarian authorities responded that there is no such thing and you cannot surrender a valid passport. Another complication - since Bulgaria doesn't recognise same-sex marriages, there is no legal basis for me to change my name on my Bulgarian passport, hence the whole thing of having a British passport!!!
I don't know what to do know, should I change my Certificate with the Home Office, then plead with the HMPO that I can't surrender my Bulgaria passport?
I don't understand why they ask you to surrender your Bulgarian passport to be honest. They usually ask to change your name on the certificate of naturalisation OR to change your name on foreign passport, not to change your name on the certificate of naturalisation AND to cancel your foreign passport.
If you have same name on the certificate of naturalisation and in your Bulgarian passport and you also use the same name on all your official documents, will it not be easier for you to withdrawal your passport application and re-apply with your YYYY name? They can hold your case max up to 6 months, so if you fix your problems during this time then you don't need to pay another fee.
Also, I've been told by one of the advisers from the passport hotline if you have your birth name on the certificate of naturalisation and your birth name in your foreign passport, you can put your husbands name or double name in observation, so they can issue you British passport with the name Mr C YYYY with a note "also known as MR C XXXX". But you better call to the hotline by yourself and ask this question or write to your case worker.