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Old 04-29-2015, 02:44 AM
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Chaning Name after Marriage - affecting visa

Hi there,

My partner and I are marrying next week. I want to change my surname to take his, but we also want to apply for his Partner Visa (820/801) as soon after the marriage as possible.

With this in mind, if I change my name and I have a new passport allocated, does anyone know how long it takes to have it changed and delivered?

Also, do you think I would also need to apply for a new birth certificate as this will have a new name also, or would the registration of the marriage (with my maiden name) be enough to show the discrepancy between some of the documentation?

Thank you so much for any help you can provide,
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:50 AM
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Mine took pretty quick. I changed my name through BDM and also got a new passport with the new name. I sent certified copies to DIBP (of new passport, old passport, change of name certificate, and the form) and within 2 days my VEVO & IMMI account was updated to my new name and passport details. I sent the letter using express postage.

I'm not sure about this one, but I don't think you will be able to get a new birth certificate unless you change your name through the Adult Legal Name Change (not marriage). But please correct me if I'm wrong


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No you don't need a new birth certificate they go off the marriage certificate.

They won't change your passport until your drivers license is updated. My new drivers license took longer to come than the passport. The passport took 5 working days. I only had mine done a few weeks ago so the times and information are pretty recent.

It doesn't matter for the sponsor with name changes it is the applicant that must update it.

Since you are the sponsor you can put your married name and attach the passport when you get the new one. Just remember that not all sponsors have a passport so it must not be a big deal.

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Old 04-29-2015, 03:49 AM
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Ok Mish, fantastic advice about the drivers licence - I totally forgot about it! Doh. I'm literally making a list of all the things we need to do from your feedback assigned with dates so that we can try to do them in some logical order! My fiance won't want to marry me by the end of next week. ))))

OK so basically, after we are married:

1. Apply for the marriage certificate with BDM
2. Apply for the name change.
3. Go to RTA and apply for new drivers license using name change doc
4. Apply for new Passport online using new drivers license and name change doc

Does that sound right? Thank you for your feedback guys. It means the world to me.

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A bit incorrect.

You don't need a name change you just need the marriage certificate.

Once you get the marriage certificate go to transport company and do your license (in QLD they post the new license to you).

If you are changing your name on the passport you need to go to the post office to do it because the fee is waived if more than 2 years remaining on your passport. You can get the application form from the post office and need 2 passport photos as per normal.

Don't forget to do your Medicare card too. When you do your Medicare card you need to tell the GP because if you have blood tests etc done then the name on request has to match the Medicare card.

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Thanks guys. It's greatly appreciated. It's so lucky to have somewhere to ask all these types of questions. I just rang bdm before asking and I didn't understand a word of the way they explained it then at the end they asked me to verbally rate their call service, 5 being the best and I just said 5 cause I felt bad telling him that I didn't understand him at all.

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This is great information you're sharing, Mish! It is making me especially thankful that name changes are not mandatory - the application alone was enough paperwork for me, thank you very much!
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Ok so here's what happened.

I got my marriage certificate and went straight to the RTA (Service centre) to get my new drivers license. They have changed the process and now provide you with a piece of paper as your drivers license however this cannot be used for identification purposes. THey onw post your drivers license to you in two - three weeks.

I then went to Aus Post and was told that the new process of maiden name to marriage changes must complete a new passport form, irrespective of time left on my current passport and that I had to make an appointment to have an Aus Post Interview for the application. Aus Post are held accountable by the government and if any forms are handed in wrong they are penalised.

So, i made an appointment, got the form and filled it out, including having someone sign as witness to my photo ID.

Now here is where the problem occurred...

Basically, the front of the Passport form offers a points checklist of identification that you can use. In here it says you can use your previous passport as primary ID along with subsequent cat B and C id such as medicare card, credit cards, birth certificate etc. Great.

The problem is that on the back of the Passport form where the Australia Post Interviewer must sign that you showed your photo ID, says that you cannot use your previous passport as identification, it MUST be your drivers license or ID card.

The Australia Post lady said that they are aware of the problem and the bug in the checklist on the passport form but that it is not only due to the front of the form being wrong but also due to the change in the process of no longer providing drivers licenses on the spot as previously, when this was the case, this issue didn't occur.

So the moral of the story is that you can't get your new passport with married name issued without either a drivers license or your ID card so always do your passport first before doing your drivers license, not the other way around like I did.

Anyway, i hope that helps someone else looking to do this next.

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I understand about the process for the name changes - it makes it even harder when the wife is from overseas and changing her name.

My wife and I decided she would retain her maiden name until after the partner visa application - then we have 2 years to sort out all the beauracracy before the permanent visa issue.


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I seriously think I should have considered not changing it but I was desperate to have my husband's surname! It's so exciting to say Mr and Mrs...!! ))

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