noajthan wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 28, 2015 1:03 pm
I am also have the same problem. I have applied for my first British passport and been refused on grounds that in my foreign passport - old name and I applied for a British passport in new name :?
Certificate of Naturalisation issued in my new name.
Managed to find : https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/s ... f-name.pdf
Hello, yes an interesting guidance document.
What I know & believe is:
in the UK, anyone can use any name for regular, lawful purposes;
There is no requirement to have a single name
- for example, many people can (& do) retain their maiden name
or use a stage name
&/or use a professional name for their own purposes;
Women do not have to adopt the husband's name on marriage (& vice versa);
- in other countries, (eg Italy, Mexico, Morocco), it seems a woman's documents can (or do) remain in her maiden name for official purposes, even after marriage;
Worldwide there are many different cultural practices & traditions surrounding name change;
eg in my wife's case, it's a Filipino tradition, which seems to be based on (but a variation of) a Latin-American or perhaps Hispanic tradition
Many dual-nationals do hold & do travel on passports held in different names, whether it's by design or for expediency (or even just to save on an inconvenient & time-consuming extra bunch of paperwork)
However, it appears there is a new or changed UK policy regarding UK identity documents - as seems to be shown by this Names document.
It can only apply in UK as UK does not have juridiction
over passports issued by other countries.
It seems the fact this can apply to UK documents only
is not specified clearly
in the document :!:
So it seems officials aren't aware of that when they apply the policy for applications from dual-nationals &/or for applications from recent citizens that happen to involve a maiden/surname change.
Although name changes are captured in the application form there are no questions about dual-nationals.
The act of becoming a British citizen impacts prior citizenship in different ways...
In India the prior nationality is lost because dual-nationality is not permitted under Indian law.
For a Filipino becoming British, the Filipino nationality would have to be reacquired, (it's optional
So in my wife's case her Filipino passport can no longer be valid & so it cannot 'clash' with any new British passport.
PO officials are obviously applying the checks to passports over which they have no jurisdiction
as well as checking against UK documents; they don't appear to take account of dual-nationality in any case :!:
For consumers, such as ourselves, it's unfortunate none of this is clear in the passport guide booklet :!:
It's also unfortunate the Post Office NCS service don't seem aware & so don't pick up on this when vetting passports & certificates.
The Names guidance document clearly includes the option of adding an 'observation' about a maiden name in a British passport
I don't see why the PO can't just do that in our cases :?: :!: