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    Default Passport Expiry and getting New one ready for Visa Submission

    Hi Chaps

    Need a bit of advice before we go away next year on hols ...

    Wife's Passport is due to expire next July same as her first half of her settlement visa in July also.

    We are due to go back to Thailand in April 2015 and i have suggested to get a new passport done but with my Surname on it but have it blank so she will be travelling there and back on her old passport with her maiden name.

    My reasoning behind this ... is that when our holiday finishes and we can submit the next part of the settlement visa and submit the old passport that will expire and the new passport with my surname in and that when the visa is issued ( hopefully it will be in the new passport with new surname)

    I've spoken to Emirates and they have advised that if she changes her surname on the passport over there and and it dosn't match with the ticket on the return then complications will ensue. They advised to either book 2 one way tickets ( one in maiden name and other in new last name or to travel there and back on current maiden name as it matches in passport )

    My wife has spoken to the Thai Embassy in BKK and they have said that there shouldn't be a problem changing the name on the passport and visa once over there ... but i seem to be banging my head against a wall with them saying one thing and the airline telling me the other ..... Im more lead to believe what the Airline says .... As i've tryed explaining that the next part of the visa will be submitted over here in the UK rather than in Bangkok like it was last time at VFS

    So what i want to know is the easiest way round this is travel there on old maiden name .... and get a new blank passport done over there in my surname and then submit all in July when submitting the next part of the Settlement Visa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu1978 View Post
    I've spoken to Emirates and they have advised that if she changes her surname on the passport over there and and it dosn't match with the ticket on the return then complications will ensue. They advised to either book 2 one way tickets ( one in maiden name and other in new last name or to travel there and back on current maiden name as it matches in passport )
    If your ticket and your passport do not match then the airline will not let you travel.

    I would not book 2 single tickets, too expensive.

    My wife has spoken to the Thai Embassy in BKK and they have said that there shouldn't be a problem changing the name on the passport and visa once over there...
    This is also true

    The problem you have is that neither the airline or the embassy are worried about the others rules.


    Why change the surname in the passport? why not just renew it in her maiden name and there is no hassle with her using her new passport as it will match the airline ticket.

    Save the name change until she gets her British passport.
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    Thanks for the reply Gary

    Yes i dont want to do 2 one way tickets.

    Keeping it in her maiden name ... never really though of that ... as just wanted to have everything into my Surname etc.... so we could just submit the next part of the visa with passports etc in the new surname rather than the old ones etc.

    If its easier to do that and keep the passport in the old surname then shall do that but then again the next part of the visa would then have to be kept in that also to match everything up ... I assume

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu1978 View Post
    but then again the next part of the visa would then have to be kept in that also to match everything up ... I assume
    Yes, but again no reason why not.
    Unless you are desperate for your wife to have her Thai passport in your name then, if it was me (and I it was), why create hassle for yourself.

    When she applies for citizenship you can change the name then, so that her Citizenship certificate and then after that, her passport, are in your name and once she has got a British passport you are under no pressure (time/visa concerns) then to sort things out.

    In the meantime there is no reason she cannot start to use your surname for everything she applies for in the UK.

    Nok still has her passport in her maiden name and a British passport in my surname, just didn't see the point in changing it and certainly didn't want any hassle over it.
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    Thanks for the info Gary

    I guess this may well be the easiest way ... over here she uses my surname for a number of things its just on the visa and passport where its in her maiden name ... in that case i may just get her a new passport sorted with her old name ... how they transfer the visa pages tho from old to knew one ... as may get that sorted before we go over in April now rather than sorting it over there in Thailand.

    I would assume that would all be sorted at the Embassy in London as not sure of the embassy in Birmingham will sort that out.

    Thanks Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu1978 View Post
    how they transfer the visa pages tho from old to knew one ... as may get that sorted before we go over in April now rather than sorting it over there in Thailand.
    You can pay to have the visa transferred to the new passport but why waste the money (not cheap) when she just needs to travel with old passport (as well) for return to UK.

    I know it's a pain carrying 2 passports but to me that far outweighs the cost to transfer it.

    Yes I am tight certainly as far as anything to do with this is concerned. Already furnished them with too much money.
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