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You have had quite a journey; glad to know you are on last lap and will soon be free of such Kafkaesque bureaucracy.Ziuta wrote:I eventually got my passport and guess what it was misspelled
I ended up registering my marriage in Poland, getting Polish passport in my married name and then getting British passport. Now I have to resend everything because of HMPO inability to read application form and transferring details. I was also told that I have to pay for the return post, it is a joke, their mistake they are paying.
Best of luck to those struggling.
HiFighterBoy wrote:How did they know about this cancelled Polish passport in a different name? Did you send it to them or did the birth certificate amendment flag up suspicion?
I concur with those in the thread saying the government should be taken to court and have this injustice put right.
Thanks Yoshi, that's what I will do.yoshi_jp wrote:Sylwia,
You've obviously done everything that you were supposed to do. I think they are just taking a p###.
You can write to the head of the HMPO:
Her Majesty's Passport Office
2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
It's probably a good idea to use a recorded delivery and also write on the envelope, "Confidential - only to be opened by the addressee" or some such stuff.
If you want to win, you need to take the king. I've used this approach to deal with mobile phone companies, gas/elec suppliers, etc when they were telling nonsense.
Hi,Enka wrote:Hi Sylvia,
Oh I feel for you as I'm going through the same nightmare as you. I have applied for my and my sons first British passport at the beginning of March. We used post office to do all the checks and I have read the booklet I was given by post office number ILB37 10.15 and there was nothing there about changing our names on Polish passport. So you can imagine how annoyed I was when they told me, they are not going to issue British passport. Since then I have phoned them at least 30 times, I was accused by one of their advisors of being a criminal, despite the fact I have been working for the NHS for the past 9 years and have my DBS checks done regularly. Every single time we are given different advise i.e. - cancel your polish passport - which I did - not good enough, renounce polish citizenship- which I'm not going to do, change my sons name and mine in Poland and then apply for a polish passport under new name. What is the point of me having 2 passports ? I live here and I only need one passport. On top of that my situation is little bit more complicated. My son is 16 and to complete his name change in Poland I have to have a signature of his biological father. Although I was given custody of my son and I was able to change his name in UK, the law in Poland is totally different. I have no idea where my ex is as he has not been in touch with us for over 10 years. So I have to go to a court in UK to get permission for a name change for my son.
We have made a formal complaint against passport office. The front line advisors are not trained enough, often they are rude and they make you feel like a second category citizen. There is no consistency and they lacking common sense. We are awaiting response from them.
+1C1947 wrote:so she has been very lucky to get passport in her married name.
I think her application was successful because she haven't submitted her thai passport which contains her maiden name.C1947 wrote:Hi guys
My daughter in law has recieved her british passport in her married name.Her thai passport has her maiden name.There are no comments on the observation page, so she has been very lucky to get passport in her married name.
If maiden passport was not submitted that could explain the relatively painless and positive result.Marii wrote:I think her application was successful because she haven't submitted her thai passport which contains her maiden name.
However, It is clear in the guidance applicant must submit all uncancelled passport and I would not recommend anyone to apply without passport.
Perhaps there has been a recent internal (& undocumented) shift in HO policy then.C1947 wrote:Hi guys
Her thai passport with her maiden name was included in her application as it asks for it,but she backed it up with thai id in married name and all her documents in uk that she uses married name.
She did write a letter also asking for her maiden name to be put on observation page but they didnt do that,there wasnt any observations on that page of passport.
Also thailand does accept name change on thai passports .
Whether or not there was an internal policy shift, there was an extant external policy in place since 1948:noajthan wrote:Perhaps there has been a recent internal (& undocumented) shift in HO policy then..
There is no country on earth, and likely not even any airline or other from of international travel to that country, that will allow someone into that country through a controlled border without a valid passport or secure state ID (such as the UK BRP). This rule effectively blocked the right of new UK citizens to leave their own country, in particular newly married women who lost their citizenship upon acquisition of their new citizenship. Not only was this rule heavily biased with regards to women in the UK, a country that doesn't exactly have the most sterling record with regards to the rights of women, this rule was also 100% biased with regards to ethnicity, a civil rights issue the UK is still struggling with.Universal Declaration of Human Rights wrote: Article 13, (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including their own, and to return to their own country.
What law requires a British citizen to enter the Common Travel Area at a port? He is free to swim ashore at most points along the coastline.ouflak1 wrote:There is no country on earth, and likely not even any airline or other from of international travel to that country, that will allow someone into that country through a controlled border without a valid passport or secure state ID (such as the UK BRP).