What To Do if The Names on Your Official Documents Don't Match

What To Do if The Names on Your Official Documents Don't Match
July 26, 2018 - News

When it comes to applying for citizenship through investment, official government-issued sources of ID are some of the most important documents you need to provide.

These include your current valid passport and birth certificate, as well as other documents proving your civil status such as your marriage certificate.

When your application is approved, your new citizenship and passport are issued in the name that appears on your birth certificate.

But what happens when your name is spelt differently in different official documents?

Mohammed, Muhamed, Muhammed, Mohamed, Mhd? Which one is correct?

Mismatched spellings of the same name recorded in different ID documents is a recurring issue, especially when documents have been issued in different countries, or have been translated into English from ethnic scripts.

Unique Cultural Naming Conventions

There are also other issues that are caused by cultural naming conventions.

In the Middle East and many other countries, naming conventions often do not follow those in the west.

In much of the Americas, Europe and parts of the former British Empire – naming conventions follow a NAME + SURNAME format, with the surname passed from father to child, and husband to wife.

Instead, some countries in the Middle East and certain communities in former Yugoslavia or the Stans adopt their father’s name or mother’s name as their surname.

Certain other countries adopt gender-specific derivatives of the same surname, or surnames that can reveal if a person is single or married.

In fact, older government forms in some countries did not need to have a gender checkbox, as the name or surname would often reveal the gender of a person.

For instance, in Greece, the wife of a man with the surname Papadopoulos will have the surname Papadopoulou.

In Lithuania, a lady with the surname Grybauskaitė would reveal that she is unmarried and that her father’s name is Grybauskas. If she was married to someone with the same name as that of her father, her last name would change to Grybauskienė.

All of this might seem an issue to prove familial links for governments that use predominantly Western naming protocols in their official forms – expecting all family members to have exactly the same surname.

Thankfully there are legally established ways to overcome the issue of mismatched official documents or surnames that do not match your parent’s surnames.

Having different names on your IDs is not a major issue, but you need the right advice to ensure that it does not become a problem when filing your application

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