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Urgent Query on Passport
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:25:26 PM »
Assuming nobody is really on just now but hoping somebody is and sees this. I am renewing my passport as we speak. When it comes to the "name" situation on the passport, I'm not sure whether or not to tick that I've had a name change...

Got my original passport back in 2008 and didn't get married util 2013. I never changed the name on my SSN as I wanted to apply for my spousal visa ASAP after getting married and I didn't want to have to renew my passport until it expired in 2018....but now we are approaching the time for renewal....As my SSN in the US and my BRP card (as well as current passport) reflect my maiden name. My documents here in the UK reflect my married name as I've always just shown my Marriage Certificate as proof of name...

The question is....am I okay to tick "No, it has not changed since the last document was issued" and leave it as my maiden name for now and deal with that later in the future or will I need to declare the name change and subsequently change ALL my documentation (BRP card, SSN, Driving License in the US, Bank accounts...etc.)?? Obviously I'd rather just leave it maiden name for now but is that okay for me to do??

Do I also need to put my married name as the "other names known as" as technically I will be known as that name on UK documentation??? And, if so, will I need to send marriage certificate to prove this?? And will that cause an issue with the first part of my question which is whether or not I need to say that my name has changed and therefore change everything??

This should be fairly straight forward I know, but I just don't want to put the incorrect information down/exclude important documents as I really don't want to hold up getting my new passport.

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Re: Urgent Query on Passport
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2017, 08:31:09 PM »
I don't know, technically, because I didn't change my name when we married to avoid this level of hassle.  But I wanted to post so you didn't feel so alone, and meanwhile I'll poke around with searching the forums until someone else comes along to bail us out with some real information.  But based on my recollection of previous threads I've read about this, the only really important thing is that your BRP matches whatever's on your passport.  Other than that, I think you can do whatever you want....?  I'd probably keep my maiden name.
9/1/2013 - "fiancée" (marriage) visa issued
4/6/2013 - married (certificate issued same-day)
5/6/2013 - FLR(M)#1 in person -- approved!
8/1/2016 - FLR(M)#2 by post -- approved!
Now just waiting out the clock for ILR.

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Re: Urgent Query on Passport
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2017, 08:41:59 PM »
But based on my recollection of previous threads I've read about this, the only really important thing is that your BRP matches whatever's on your passport.  Other than that, I think you can do whatever you want....?  I'd probably keep my maiden name.

This is my understanding and my thoughts exactly on the issue....It's totally a pain so hoping somebody with the experience here can totally come bail us out. Husband and I did some research but it's all older results so just want to make sure I'm sticking with any recent changes in laws around this that I may not be aware of. I am totally fine with sticking with my maiden name but then just not sure if I put my married name and the vicious cycle continues as to what to provide and if that will cause a problem lol.

Haaaaalllllp lol

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Re: Urgent Query on Passport
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2017, 08:42:15 PM »
Okay, this thread has some information on the subject.  It's a good place to start, I think:

http://talk.uk-yankee.com/index.php?topic=88752.msg1160385#msg1160385
9/1/2013 - "fiancée" (marriage) visa issued
4/6/2013 - married (certificate issued same-day)
5/6/2013 - FLR(M)#1 in person -- approved!
8/1/2016 - FLR(M)#2 by post -- approved!
Now just waiting out the clock for ILR.

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Re: Urgent Query on Passport
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2017, 08:49:43 PM »
So looks like it can be done either way.....but I'm not sure which has less complications and if I put no to name change, will there be an issue when I provide my "other names"??

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Re: Urgent Query on Passport
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2017, 08:53:13 PM »
So looks like it can be done either way.....but I'm not sure which has less complications and if I put no to name change, will there be an issue when I provide my "other names"??

I would think the "name change" question refers to whether you have been known to the US government by another name.  I think that's so they can link your file to any past files.  As for "other names" I'd probably list your married name there, just to be complete.  But again, I don't know... It's just how I'd interpret it.  :/
9/1/2013 - "fiancée" (marriage) visa issued
4/6/2013 - married (certificate issued same-day)
5/6/2013 - FLR(M)#1 in person -- approved!
8/1/2016 - FLR(M)#2 by post -- approved!
Now just waiting out the clock for ILR.

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Re: Urgent Query on Passport
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2017, 09:03:12 PM »
Coooool so spoken to KF on Facebook and she's advised that I can leave as maiden name for now and then sort out a name change 3 months before getting ILR/citizenship/etc. (as I hit 5 years in the second half of next year) and not pay for new US passport as it'll be within one year of renewal but also mean all my UK documentation can be changed over to my married name. But even if I don't change it within 3 months, it seems like the biggest issue would be that I'd just pay to pay at a later date to have everything changed over to my married name....but she told me I'm all good to carry on with my maiden name for now so I'm just going to do that and worry about name changes when I don't have loads of travelling planned :)

Thanks to KF for being amazeballs and helping me out of a panic like a total legend 8)

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Re: Urgent Query on Passport
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2017, 10:11:49 PM »
Ohh, good!  You have spoken to someone with actual knowledge.  And we were reasonably close to right, on our own!  So yay us!
9/1/2013 - "fiancée" (marriage) visa issued
4/6/2013 - married (certificate issued same-day)
5/6/2013 - FLR(M)#1 in person -- approved!
8/1/2016 - FLR(M)#2 by post -- approved!
Now just waiting out the clock for ILR.

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Re: Urgent Query on Passport
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2017, 08:56:20 AM »
And we were reasonably close to right, on our own!

Yeah I knew I *could* use my maiden name but I wasn't sure what knock-on effect things would have and whether it'd be a problem so I figured it was best to ask the question rather than assume! hah

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Re: Urgent Query on Passport
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2017, 10:51:54 AM »
I've got to update my passport soon, it expires in October but so does my visa, I have changed my SSN to my married name so I have to update my passport name I suppose. Need to look how much time you get from a passport name change to having to update your brp card, attempting to avoid the fee.


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Re: Urgent Query on Passport
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2017, 10:53:16 AM »
I've got to update my passport soon, it expires in October but so does my visa, I have changed my SSN to my married name so I have to update my passport name I suppose. Need to look how much time you get from a passport name change to having to update your brp card, attempting to avoid the fee.


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It's within 3 months if I remember correctly for BRP card once you change passport.

Was it easy to change your SSN abroad?

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Urgent Query on Passport
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2017, 05:34:47 PM »
It's within 3 months if I remember correctly for BRP card once you change passport.

Was it easy to change your SSN abroad?

I did it at home because if I recall Missouri I had to go in person...which was fun trying to explain my handwritten English marriage certificate lol

I know it's a whole u.s. Thing but I still have a registered address in Missouri not sure if that'll haunt me later but it lets me keep my American license for now.


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Re: Urgent Query on Passport
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2017, 05:46:35 PM »
I did it from the UK.  Easy peasy.   :)

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Re: Urgent Query on Passport
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2017, 05:55:21 PM »
I did it from the UK.  Easy peasy.   :)

Found the website for it I believe (https://uk.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/federal-benefits/social-security-numbers-ssn/) . Did you have to pay because you were applying abroad or was it strictly paying for the postage?

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Re: Urgent Query on Passport
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2017, 06:01:46 PM »
No, you just mail the required items to the UK embassy.