Kate and I were talking at the weekend about our intended marriage later this year in Bangkok. She’d like to change her surname to mine and we decided it would be a good idea if I did some investigation on this website about how to go about it, how long it would take to do etc
Now I know there’s already lots of information of this subject in other threads and honestly I have searched through it and found out a great deal already! However it did leave me with a couple of questions!
From the other threads it seems we need to change her name on the house registration (Tabian Bahn) and her id card and we can do these at the district office when we register our marriage (it’ll be Kate’s local office). Then we need to do Kate’s passport.
Our first question is about the passport. Kate already has a passport. Will she need to get a new one or is it just a change to her old one? Any idea how long this takes? I guess if it’s a new passport it’ll be the same 2 or 3 days as the last one but if it’s just a change to the existing one can it be done in the same day?
We want to leave as much time during the trip for Kate’s settlement visa application as possible to give as much chance as possible of her coming back to the UK with me at the end of my trip. OK it wouldn’t be the end of the world if she travelled later but it would be nice to come back together!
The second question is related which is if we postpone changing Kate’s surname on her documents but she uses my surname in the UK can anyone think of any practical problems?
Sorry if this is a bit of a ramble and thanks for any help!!