uk Passport nightmare - looking for advice

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referee
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uk Passport nightmare - looking for advice

Beitragvon referee » Sa 16. Mär 2019, 12:37

Asking on behalf of my wife on the off-chance someone has any first-hand experience they can share on the matter... We got married fairly recently and so she's been sending off various documents and completing forms etc. so that they can update her name (on her driver's license, bank cards and such)...All was well until we got to the passport... As instructed along with the old passport she had also enclosed a foreign passport - she moved here as a child (under 16) from South Africa and got a British passport (as entitled; her mother was born in the UK) and then applied for and got an adult's passport at age 20 (which was 10 years ago!)...

stopwrinkles
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Re: uk Passport nightmare - looking for advice

Beitragvon stopwrinkles » Sa 16. Mär 2019, 12:37

In the response it says she isn't allowed to update her name on the UK passport because it won't match the name on the (long expired) SA passport, and that we need to contact the SA embassy and have the old passport renewed (with updated name) first... She tried to explain that she's pretty sure she doesn't have dual nationality, and doesn't need or want the SA passport but they refused to discuss it any further...

leedingcaterer
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Re: uk Passport nightmare - looking for advice

Beitragvon leedingcaterer » Sa 16. Mär 2019, 12:38

stopwrinkles hat geschrieben:In the response it says she isn't allowed to update her name on the UK passport because it won't match the name on the (long expired) SA passport, and that we need to contact the SA embassy and have the old passport renewed (with updated name) first... She tried to explain that she's pretty sure she doesn't have dual nationality, and doesn't need or want the SA passport but they refused to discuss it any further...



Reading around it sounds to us like this is wrong - if you search around online the consensus seems to be that if you apply for and accept a passport in a different country you are implicitly renouncing your citizenship in SA (unless you explicitly state that you want to retain it, which she never did)...

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Re: uk Passport nightmare - looking for advice

Beitragvon referee » Sa 16. Mär 2019, 12:38

It all has us a bit worried, as the process for renouncing citizenship (if it turns out she needs to) is said to take "at least 12 months" and we've got a holiday booked next summer. We've sent an email to the SA embassy to explain the situation but they're not open at the moment so we won't get a reply until the week (if we're lucky!)

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Re: uk Passport nightmare - looking for advice

Beitragvon stopwrinkles » Sa 16. Mär 2019, 12:38

referee hat geschrieben:It all has us a bit worried, as the process for renouncing citizenship (if it turns out she needs to) is said to take "at least 12 months" and we've got a holiday booked next summer. We've sent an email to the SA embassy to explain the situation but they're not open at the moment so we won't get a reply until the week (if we're lucky!)





Getting the updated SA passport and then applying for the new UK passport will be the simplest way out of this. Paying for two passports is a pain but worthwhile if it means avoiding a long argument with the Passport Office.

leedingcaterer
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Re: uk Passport nightmare - looking for advice

Beitragvon leedingcaterer » Sa 16. Mär 2019, 12:39

A new policy came into the passport office last year. “One name for all purposes” I believe this is to try and stop people running two id’s. Unfortunately they will not renew your wife’s passport in her new name until she changes her S/A passport, or provides a letter from S/A consulate confirming that they won’t change it . Hope that helps - both me and my partner work in the passport office


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