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name change after visa (including chinese to english help?)

Hi all!

so my partners visa was approved and now shes a resident of Aus. so glad. my question is

we want to now change her surname to mine-whats the first process of this? we have plenty documentation, but what do we need to do for this and do we need to change her name on *all* of her items manually such as medicare, photocard etc


secondly, she has a HK passport, and she wants to legally be known by her chosen english name, how do we go about doing this, and do we need to apply for the HK side of things WITH HK directly?

thanks in advance


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Hi there,

Can you please confirm if your partner has been granted a 801 visa?

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Hi,

Firstly, congratulations!

Secondly, name changing processes vary from state to state. I would personally Google 'Change your name *INSERT STATE*' and you should be able to find the correct body for births, deaths and marriages for your state. If their website is unclear, you can always give them a call and be aware that some state i.e. Victoria, require residents to be living within that state for 12 months before you can request a name change.

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Hi all!

so my partners visa was approved and now shes a resident of Aus. so glad. my question is

we want to now change her surname to mine-whats the first process of this? we have plenty documentation, but what do we need to do for this and do we need to change her name on *all* of her items manually such as medicare, photocard etc


secondly, she has a HK passport, and she wants to legally be known by her chosen english name, how do we go about doing this, and do we need to apply for the HK side of things WITH HK directly?

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Hi all!

so my partners visa was approved and now shes a resident of Aus. so glad. my question is

we want to now change her surname to mine-whats the first process of this? we have plenty documentation, but what do we need to do for this and do we need to change her name on *all* of her items manually such as medicare, photocard etc


secondly, she has a HK passport, and she wants to legally be known by her chosen english name, how do we go about doing this, and do we need to apply for the HK side of things WITH HK directly?

thanks in advance
A change of name, to the partners name, is easy for bank accounts etc., just show the old name passport with marruage certificate.

It is easiest after you have changed the name in the passport.

Then you just show the new passport to Medicare, and other government departments etc.

Prior to the new passport, you can still change the name by showing the old passport with the marriage certificate, but not with immigration. We did that for bank accounts etc, before getting the new name passport.

Immigration go purely by your passport name.

Your passport would need to be done via the Hong Kong system (Embassy etc).

You do not need to go through the official surname change process, if it is done via marriage.

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You do not need to go through the official surname change process, if it is done via marriage.
Could you please clarify further?


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Hi,

Firstly, congratulations!

Secondly, name changing processes vary from state to state. I would personally Google 'Change your name *INSERT STATE*' and you should be able to find the correct body for births, deaths and marriages for your state. If their website is unclear, you can always give them a call and be aware that some state i.e. Victoria, require residents to be living within that state for 12 months before you can request a name change.

Good luck! &#x1f642;
Those "change of names" apply when you choose a name other than on passport or marriage certificate, and cost around $200.
eg: A Queensland change of name costs $187.50.

For a change of name to your partners name, there is no legal requirement. You just start using the partners surname, and the marriage certificate is the legal proof, together with the old passport.

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Could you please clarify further?
As soon as we married, we went to the bank and changed her name on her accounts to the new surname. Just showed the marriage certificate.

Passport and Marriage certificate serve as ID.

Best to change the passport though, even easier then.


Change of name after marriage
Any person who marries in Australia may choose to assume their spouse's surname. This is done as a matter of custom and not of law.
A certificate of marriage issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages is usually sufficient evidence to have personal documentation changed to a married surname
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Oh okay, but this assumes that they were married in Australia not overseas.


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Depending on the jurisdiction, the usual procedures (Deed Poll and so on) do not change your name, they notify others that you are using a different name.

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Oh okay, but this assumes that they were married in Australia not overseas.
Might need to know where they were married and what state they are in.

Best bet might be a new passport with the new name.

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