I need to change my Biometric residence Permit (BRP) to my married name, however my passport with my maiden name is still valid (I renewed only last year). Can I apply for the change of name in the BRP and keep the passport with my maiden name?


No. UKVI will not normally allow you to have different names on your passport and BRP. If you want to change your name on your BRP, you must change the name on your passport first (indeed, if you change the name on your passport you must report this to UKVI).

You will need to complete form MCC.*

The fact that you cannot have different names on the two doesn't seem to be officially stated anywhere, but I know from personal experience that it is true. You could try filling in the form without changing the name on your passport, but I suspect that UKVI will ask to see a passport in your new name.

* Confusingly, the guidance at the top of the form says that if your "current grant of leave was made by means of a BRP" you should not use this form, but should "make an application for a new BRP, using the form for no time limit (NTL) or an application for transfer of condition (TOC)". This makes no sense, and I suspect it is supposed to say "current grant of leave was not made by means of a BRP".

  • @AnaW Don’t delay - you can be fined up to £1,000 or have your leave shortened if you don’t report your change of circumstances within 3 months gov.uk/change-circumstances-visa-brp – Traveller Nov 21 '18 at 14:03
  • @traveller Her name hasn’t really changed unless her passport says it has. She doesn’t have to change the name in her passport if she doesn’t want to, so there’s no risk in “delaying”. – MJeffryes Nov 21 '18 at 17:38
  • The gov.uk link refers to ‘Changes to your name or personal details - You must apply for a new BRP straight away if any of these things change: name, for example if you’ve got married. – Traveller Nov 21 '18 at 18:13
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    @Traveller I guess MJeffryes' point is, it is not a given that your name changes once you get married. If one decided not to change your name immediately, it is fine to "delay" all downstream requirements. On the other hand, if the OP has already changed her name in some documentation, then you are right in saying they should not delay. – B.Liu Nov 21 '18 at 19:06
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    Actually it's quite annoying to women who have got married and don't want to take their husband's name when people assume that their name somehow automatically changed when they got married. In fact, while a marriage certificate can be used as proof of a name change, your name in UK law is basically what you say it is. UKVI do not force married women to use their husband's name. – MJeffryes Nov 21 '18 at 19:13

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