Hi to everyone,
Firstly this is my first post on the forum so please be gentle, secondly apologies if this is in the wrong section on the forums.
I am posting this query on behalf of a friend whom seems to be in a bit of a quandary. He like myself is married to a Thai lady whom has recently gained British Citizenship through Naturalisation after the typical initial fiancé visa, FLR x2 and ILR route.
His wife's ceremony was in May 2018 but she has not applied for a British passport as it was there intention to travel to LOS on her Thai passport and whilst there renew/change all her documents to her married name rather than the current family name. Once she had all new docs in married name the intention was to apply for her first British Passport on her return to the UK again to be in her married name and all documentation would then match. There may have been a simpler way to do that but that was/is there plan.
One she received her Citizenship certificate she surrendered her ILR BRP as intstructed by the Home Office.
As of writing this they are currently in flight to the LOS for a 3 week holiday but she has exited the U.K. with no current BRP, only her certificate of naturalisation and her Thai passport which only has her very first fiancé visa affixed as proof of entry clearance.
It was brought to there attention whilst leaving the UK that his wife would struggle to board the flight in BKK and return to the UK with her current documents and would need either a British Passport or a right of abode affixed to her current Thai passport.
After a bit of research today options seems limited and it appears this is not a path well trodden so to speak, so could they apply for her first British Passport whilst in Thailand which would solve the problem?, or should they apply for a right of abode in the U.K. for her current Thai passport (seems expensive as it would cost £388 currently and would only be needed for one entrance to the UK), or do they chance it at the airport and use her certificate of naturalisation?
Also has anyone any information on recent processing times for a right of abode application in LOS as it doesn't seem a common occurrence with information a tad scarce.
Any and all comments are welcome on what they should do next and please just let me know if anyone needs any further clarification or information. I drove them to Manchester airport this morning at 03:00 so my eyes and head are a little hazy right now and may have missed something or rambled on.