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Has anybody here (ok, I mean women, because men usually don't change their surname) changed their surname after marriage, and gotten a renewed passport here in India? I was advised by the FRRO to get the passport changed before anything, but my question is what are the repercussions w.r.t my visa?

Right now the name on my visa and passport is Stephanie Ann Whiting, but I want to get a new passport as Stephanie Das Gupta, but my visa will be Whiting.
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It doesnt matter.

You can change your surname and still use your visa with your old surname.

Its always good to change your surname in your passport after marriage.

Its better for all practical reasons...
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There ought not to be a problem if you carry your old (cancelled) passport with the visa along with your new passport which should carry a statement to the effect "... previously held passport no. ... under the name ...". Check with your consulate.
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Originally Posted by bsprasad View Post It doesnt matter.

You can change your surname and still use your visa with your old surname.

Its always good to change your surname in your passport after marriage.

Its better for all practical reasons...
Why ? surnames changing is so archane very 20th century concept

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Originally Posted by stepmyrjov View Post Has anybody here (ok, I mean women, because men usually don't change their surname) changed their surname after marriage, and gotten a renewed passport here in India? I was advised by the FRRO to get the passport changed before anything, but my question is what are the repercussions w.r.t my visa?

Right now the name on my visa and passport is Stephanie Ann Whiting, but I want to get a new passport as Stephanie Das Gupta, but my visa will be Whiting.
Any benefits ? Just carry a photocopy of your marriage certificate and retain your name-identity, you never know. Keeping name consistency is easier in future transactions and forms.
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I am useless here, never changed my name, not after marriage too. Even got my husband's name in the passport after good 9 years when the old passport came for renewal. Always got visa to Europe saying I am married on the old passport too. But then I have always been abroad alone. So my case is of no help at all.

Could not resist this because of the comment that it is always better to change the name. Till date I have not faced any problem, buying a home in joint name, adopting a baby, all has been possible with us having different surnames.
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I second Mridula.

I am of no use to the OP as I have not changed my name but wanted to reply to "always better to change the name" comment.

Like Mridula, I have not changed my name after marriage and got my husbands name inserted only when it was time to renew the passport(my husband did the same).

I have had no problems buying property jointly, applying for loans jointly(as husband and wife), applying for visa as his dependant(and he as my dependant), travelling overseas etc.

For applying for dependant visa - the name insertion in the passport was not required. Just the marriage certificate was required.

No one(in India or elsewhere) raised any issues(or even a single question) about why I had not changed my surname.

And I have quite a few of my friends who have done the same thing.
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I don't know what nationality stepmyrjov is...

I had assumed, for some reason, that she is British --- in which case, there is a lot less information on a British passport. It does not have the names of spouse or father. It does not even have address.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I don't know what nationality stepmyrjov is...

I had assumed, for some reason, that she is British --- in which case, there is a lot less information on a British passport. It does not have the names of spouse or father. It does not even have address.
Neither does US passport have for family members. Of which she probably has one.
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Agree with everything posted except for the "always better to change the name" comment.

I have kept my family name, and like nycank said not an issue with US passports. I believe OP is American.

Mridula and Nayan - it's so cool you guys haven't had any issues in India. In the U.S. it's not as common as you'd think to retain surname after marriage. I get hassled about it a lot - at school by parents, at vet, medical doctor's office, utility company, all sorts of places where bills are paid and both Jay's and my name are required. People get downright hostile and get in my face. Very annoying!
In fact, even the State Dept insisted on putting Jay's surname in place of mine. I sent it right back and refused to pay since it was their mistake. I won!
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in urban centres - retaining the surname or adding the 'marital surname' to the former name is quite commonplace nowadays.
some kids nowadays, have surnames like - mitra kumar [both surnames of the parents!]

in school admission forms - where the parents of the kid/s are divorced, one can insist on refusing to fill in the 'fathers name'.
it is accepted... and i'm talking about them biggie schools.
of course - all necessary documents and 'reasons' have to be valid
butt - school leaving documents have to have both parents names.



stepmyrjov - congratulations!
dasgupta is a good surname to have !!!!
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Originally Posted by namaste_cat View Post Agree with everything posted except for the "always better to change the name" comment.

I have kept my family name, and like nycank said not an issue with US passports. I believe OP is American.

Mridula and Nayan - it's so cool you guys haven't had any issues in India. In the U.S. it's not as common as you'd think to retain surname after marriage. I get hassled about it a lot - at school by parents, at vet, medical doctor's office, utility company, all sorts of places where bills are paid and both Jay's and my name are required. People get downright hostile and get in my face. Very annoying!
In fact, even the State Dept insisted on putting Jay's surname in place of mine. I sent it right back and refused to pay since it was their mistake. I won!
You must be living in a red state; or in a suburb that has 100% sunday attendance.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Why ? surnames changing is so archane very 20th century concept
Because I would like to be known as my husband's wife... and not go by my ex-husbands last name for the rest of my life...

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Nope, not British, American! =D

Apparently it's pretty easy... go to the US Consulate, pay them Rs 3600, give them the papers, and in 7-10 days I will have a new passport... WOW! That's faster than even in the states!
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Originally Posted by stepmyrjov View Post Because I would like to be known as my husband's wife... and not go by my ex-husbands last name for the rest of my life...
Father's last name; ex-spouse's last name; current spouse's last name..Your call !
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Originally Posted by namaste_cat View Post In the U.S. it's not as common as you'd think to retain surname after marriage. I get hassled about it a lot - at school by parents, at vet, medical doctor's office, utility company, all sorts of places where bills are paid and both Jay's and my name are required. People get downright hostile and get in my face. Very annoying!
In fact, even the State Dept insisted on putting Jay's surname in place of mine. I sent it right back and refused to pay since it was their mistake. I won!
You must be living in a red state; or in a suburb that has 100% sunday attendance.
Red state (explanation: state that voted for Republican candidate in most recent presidential election) was my first thought as well.

Here in Illinois, no one cares what last name you have, but we don't have teabaggers here either (well, okay we do, but only the kind that do it in private).
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Originally Posted by stepmyrjov View Post and not go by my ex-husbands last name for the rest of my life...
Ah, there's your trouble. Best not to start down that road in the first place. Once you start, you have to keep doing it, like cocaine.

My sister, living in Kolkata, kept her family name. No one cares.

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