English and Chinese name both appear on HK Identity docs. How to input?

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English and Chinese name both appear on HK Identity docs. How to input?


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English and Chinese name both appear on HK Identity docs. How to input?

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I am looking at how to fill in info for my wife's partner visa appplication online. Even the first page is killing me

The form asks for her name exactly as it appears on the travel document (a Hong Kong SAR passport). The passport shows (i) her English name (which is the name she uses on all official documents and has used for Australian visitor visas in the past), and (ii) Chinese characters for her Chinese name. The Chinese name has never for any purpose ever been transliterated to an English written form. (The English name is not a version of the Chinese name, it is completely unrelated.) Her English name appears on all her identity documents. The Chinese name appears on her HK ID Card, her HK passport, and her marriage certificate, but it does not appear on her birth certificate.

She does sometimes receive letters addressed to her Chinese name so clearly she is "known" by that name to some people or organisations. The family is Cantonese-speaking and they also use the Chinese name. I don't feel comfortable just leaving it out of this form given that it asks about other names, but she has always applied for e-visitor visas using just the Engish name in the past.

My best interpretation is that the English name alone is the name that should go in the main input for the application form, and we should mention the chinese name later as another name that she is known by. And the in the fields for other names I can't put Chinese characters so I put "Refer to Details" for the name, I put "Other" for the reason for changing the name, and in the "Details" field I put an explanation including Chinese Commercial Code for the characters.

Does this make sense? Any other thoughts from someone who has seen this situation before?

Thanks in advance!


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