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by Antsmall
Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: Passport Names
Replies: 3
Views: 468

Re: Passport Names

There is in fact a new rule, which I worked behind the scenes for a year to secure, whereby you can also apply in your married name IF you can prove that the authorities of your other citizenship won't allow you to change the name on your foreign passport. I don't have time to explain this fully now...
by Antsmall
Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: New policy regarding passport names for dual nationals.
Replies: 92
Views: 49918

Re: New policy regarding passport names for dual nationals.

Here's what I did - this is intended as general help for anyone in such a situation, even if their non-British country does allow dual citizenship. (Note: for non-compliant consulates, please keep reading since I address that in the next paragraph). I researched the laws of my non-British country an...
by Antsmall
Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: Passport Names
Replies: 11
Views: 1465

Re: Passport Names

In case you're still reading this, the passport name policy has been clarified and improved now, as explained in more detail here: http://www.immigrationboards.com/british-citizenship/new-policy-regarding-passport-names-for-dual-nationals-t216754.html#p1401208 The new policy is here: https://www.gov...
by Antsmall
Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: New policy regarding passport names for dual nationals.
Replies: 92
Views: 49918

Re: New policy regarding passport names for dual nationals.

Lord Avebury was a star. I corresponded with him extensively on email because of the UKF struggle (which is also how I was in contact with the fantastic Lady Lister), but never got to meet him in person as I'd always hoped. A bizarre twist is that after he succeeded in getting the UKF amendments int...
by Antsmall
Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: New policy regarding passport names for dual nationals.
Replies: 92
Views: 49918

Re: New policy regarding passport names for dual nationals.

For the change in the passport name policy, the star player is Lady Lister. There are also the three successive ministers who worked on it, chronologically: Lord Bates, Lord Keen of Elie, and Baroness Williams of Trafford. Laura Pearson, head of HMPO identity policy, also worked on it after it went ...
by Antsmall
Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: New policy regarding passport names for dual nationals.
Replies: 92
Views: 49918

New policy regarding passport names for dual nationals.

Greetings all. In a couple of threads people have described their trouble obtaining a British passport in the name of their choice (often their married name) because the passport office requires that 'all uncancelled foreign passports' be sent, in the original or in a full colour photocopy, when app...
by Antsmall
Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British Passport refused
Replies: 39
Views: 8741

Re: British Passport refused

Yes! And I made a typo: it is dated 16 August, not 18 August. The rest still stands I hope!
by Antsmall
Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: UKM applicants for BC--what is "too long" a wait from UKBA?
Replies: 67
Views: 4036

Re: UKM applicants for BC--what is "too long" a wait from UK

Congratulations, and good luck to everyone!
by Antsmall
Fri May 13, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: New citizenship form UKF
Replies: 1116
Views: 56905

Re: New citizenship form UKF

Yes, I got a friend in Britain to send me the famous "Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed" envelope, having first weighed all the documents that I expected would go into it so that my friend could pay for the correct postage. I can't remember the details now but I did look on the Royal Mail ...
by Antsmall
Thu May 12, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: New citizenship form UKF
Replies: 1116
Views: 56905

Re: New citizenship form UKF

Thanks. I hope so! Having to send all these precious original documents is rather trying on the nerves. I have a question for those who had to send their citizenship registration certificates in order to receive passports. Did you have your registration certificate eventually returned to you once th...
by Antsmall
Wed May 11, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: New citizenship form UKF
Replies: 1116
Views: 56905

Re: New citizenship form UKF

I have a question for those who had to send their citizenship registration certificates in order to receive passports. Did you have your registration certificate eventually returned to you once the passport application was complete? Thanks for the information!
by Antsmall
Mon May 02, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: New citizenship form UKF
Replies: 1116
Views: 56905

Re: New citizenship form UKF

It's wonderful to hear that after such a long wait (which was massively unfair) things are moving along for you. I hope that bfrenchfry also receives good news (another April applicant) and that things end up happily for all of us before too long! More than a year - that is grotesque. (I applied a m...
by Antsmall
Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: New citizenship form UKF
Replies: 1116
Views: 56905

Re: New citizenship form UKF

I'm in a similarly depressing situation. I applied in May, did my biometrics in Vancouver in January because I live in the USA where there are no biometric centres, and have heard nothing since. Meanwhile someone who applied in December (seven months after me) and completed their biometrics in Febru...
by Antsmall
Tue Mar 01, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: New citizenship form UKF
Replies: 1116
Views: 56905

Re: New citizenship form UKF

g_barrie_g wrote: As for the passport, the waiting/processing time is 16 weeks.
Wait - four months for a passport?!
by Antsmall
Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: New citizenship form UKF
Replies: 1116
Views: 56905

Re: New citizenship form UKF

You don't have to send an original foreign passport any more to apply for a first adult British passport? If that is the case, would you mind sending us the link to the page where it says that? It would be very useful. I haven't had the time to keep up with this lately. (As for my citizenship applic...
by Antsmall
Sat Feb 13, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British Passport refused
Replies: 39
Views: 8741

Re: British Passport refused

Well said, Out. The policy doesn't prevent the criminal use of 'different identities' because those who can freely change their names on their foreign passports can simply change their names back again. It is an ill-conceived policy which merely gets in the way of those who cannot change their names...
by Antsmall
Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:39 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: New citizenship form UKF
Replies: 1116
Views: 56905

Re: New citizenship form UKF

Emails that I've received from British consular officials (though about an entirely different matter - my citizenship application has been languishing for nine months with no news) have also ended with @fco.gov.uk.
by Antsmall
Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:27 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: New citizenship form UKF
Replies: 1116
Views: 56905

Re: New citizenship form UKF

Hello Suzie. Quick note: since your daughter is still under 18, you could in fact fix her nationality problem by getting married (i.e. her parents marrying each other), if that is an option. As long as the parents marry before the child turns 18 and the British parent is British 'otherwise than by d...
by Antsmall
Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:07 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: New citizenship form UKF
Replies: 1116
Views: 56905

Re: New citizenship form UKF

Yes, quite a few people have received these frightening "exceptional issues" letters when there weren't any exceptional issues at all. It seems that first of all these people use form letters even when those letters don't really fit the situation at hand (for instance I received a letter claiming th...
by Antsmall
Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:25 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: UKM applicants for BC--what is "too long" a wait from UKBA?
Replies: 67
Views: 4036

Re: UKM applicants for BC--what is "too long" a wait from UK

I applied in May and I waited eight months only to do the biometrics. I too have an astoundingly straightforward case: I supplied more than the materials requested (foolishly trying to 'be on the safe side' by supplying additional proof of eligibility) and needless to say, I have no criminal record,...
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