Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Report of Marriage

Being married to a wonderful English man is one thing I profoundly thank God for. But as most of us here in blogging world with foreign husband know, the joy of being married and finally be with our man comes with a cost! From our hubbies travel, our wedding, processing of our visa and so on and so forth. A lot of things to do and prepare before and after marriage. It's a pain really especially the queuing and waiting in the visa centre and of course the cost of each paper works and visa! Bunny paid more than half a grand on my fiancee visa and last time I renewed my fiancee visa to spouse visa,it cost him another less than a grand! Oh well it doesn't end there, there's still one or two visa to be paid and some paper works or legalities to apply for. One is our Report of Marriage and the other is my passport Change of name.

I tell you what, we got a problem with this change of name when I applied for a job here. Because my passport is still in my maiden name  when I renewed my visa and so the UK Border followed my passport and still put my maiden name in my visa card even though I presented our marriage certificate. So when I applied for a job I of course used my Burr surname and that's when the problem came in cos in my records I am still Valeriano aside from my MC but I used Burr on my job application form. They said it would be complicated in my Criminal Check or some employers doesn't allow that so I need to change my name in my passport! It's just ridiculous cos as soon as I change my passport I have to report to UK Border again to have my visa change to my Burr surname and so another money to spend. Bunny and I were thinking if I could just change my name on my next visa renewal wherein I will be a permanent resident to save us money. But yet of course before I applied for change of name I still have to report our Marriage to Philippine Embassy since we have been married here. Two months ago we've been meaning to do it but was hanged cos we can't decide whether it's a sensible thing to do. Actually I've printed the form already, just need to complete the requirements now and arranged which way we apply it, by post or spare a time to go to London where Philippine Embassy is.Sometimes I joke my bunny about marrying me, that it is so expensive so he better behave. And he'll say to me " I won't find anyone else, I've invested too much from you!" haha..You see guys that's how hard being married to a foreign man, but of course aside from money it involves great trust, patience, perseverance and sureness big love to come to this stage! Wooot! :)

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shynn said...

same problem here, sis! i now have a schedule to renew my passport and i decided to leave it under my maiden name coz i didn't realize all the hassles of changing it under my husband's surname. we've been here in the philippines almost 3years now. my husband wanted to try living here and gave up the house in scotland. our restaurant business didn't work and that was a year of trial here. money is faster going out than getting in. wrong decisions were made and now he's wanting us to go back in the UK. i don't know if using my maiden name when renewing my passport (this 26th of april) even if i'm already married will affect my spouse visa application. philippine embassy in london didn't really explain how to do it. i thought they will automatically do it but no... we have to do this and that... blah.. blah... blah... haaaaaay!

Kitchens Sydney said...

I enjoyed reading your blog ~ thanks for posting such inspiring content./Nice article and great photos. Very nicely done!

Cathy said...

Thanks for posting. This really helps. Ive got the same problem and havent started yet. At least now i know where to start.


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