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  1. benje84

    Changing Surname as a PR

    Thanks Nemesis, It does seem like it has the potential to be a Pandora's box. I'm not sold on doing it yet, mostly for the reasons you alluded to in your response. It's weird, as some of the articles I read said that Australia was generally more relaxed with regards to the process, compared to many countries, but it sounds like that's not really the case? Just for my understanding, can you give an example of what certificates/declarations you required for a typical application? Also how long did the process take end to end? (It sounds like you did one country first, then another?)
  2. benje84

    Changing Surname as a PR

    Hi Ali, Thanks, I had found that link, but was also looking for people who had experience of changing their names in two countries simultaneously and the complications with any visas etc.
  3. benje84

    Changing Surname as a PR

    Hi guys, Couldn't find any answers when I searched so hoping to get some advice on the following: Single British guy in his early 30s living in Oz on a 189 visa. British passport is almost full so needs replacing in the next year or so Eligible for citizenship in <12 months I've been meaning to change my surname for a while for personal reasons, and given the above, it seems like a good time to do it, prior to getting potentially 2 new passports. However, I don't really know where to start: Am I best going through the process in the UK first, then doing it here, or will I need to do both simultaneously? Has anyone changed their name in the UK before without being physically there? I realise my scenario is somewhat unconventional as I'm a guy, so have heard there is reluctance for institutions to go through a formal process, so particularly keen to hear about others who have been through this. Thanks for any help,