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Name Split in Passport, COPR and PR Card

Jan 25, 2018
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I received my PR card and the time of applying for other services is when I realized that full name is in given name. I have got the name rectified in the passport but for Name Change in Ontario, the Service Ontario site puts the condition "Have lived in Ontario for past 12 months". Any ideas on how to go about this since it has not been anywhere close to 12 months since landing?
Hello Symq,

That is correct. The process is simple but time consuming.

Question : This happened due to your issue on your passport originally which you have rectified ?
  1. Correct your Indian Passport - which you have already done. But this is not enough to update the Canadian documents
  2. Wait for 12 months in Ontario and then Apply for Legal Name Change Certificate (By mail / Service Ontario). There is no option other than waiting for entire 1 year before application. We recently completed the same for my spouse and recieved a certificate.
  3. Use this certificate to update you DL and OHIP @ Service Ontario (15 minute job when you visit them)
  4. Use this certificate to update you SIIN information @ Service Canada (15 minute job when you visit them)
  5. Fill out a PR Card Renewal form and mail it to the Nova Scotia address : https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/new-immigrants/pr-card/how-to-apply.html
  6. You will receive the new PR card with updated name in the mail.
  7. if you need additional help - reach out to me via email nitash.agrawal@gmail.com and I can help you further if required.
Good Luck!
 

rkuma145

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Mar 22, 2017
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Hi Everyone - I am experiencing the same issue with my wife's spousal sponsorship application,her last name field is blank and her last name + given name is mentioned in the given name field.

I am still preparing her spousal sponsorship application and she is in India presently,I would imagine it would be better if i can get her passport corrected in India itself before submitting her sponsorship application so that all her Canadian documents are generated with correct first and last name and i don't need to fix multiple documents for her.

Any suggestions?inputs please

Thanks in advance.

Rupesh
 
Jan 25, 2018
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Hi Everyone - I am experiencing the same issue with my wife's spousal sponsorship application,her last name field is blank and her last name + given name is mentioned in the given name field.

I am still preparing her spousal sponsorship application and she is in India presently,I would imagine it would be better if i can get her passport corrected in India itself before submitting her sponsorship application so that all her Canadian documents are generated with correct first and last name and i don't need to fix multiple documents for her.

Any suggestions?inputs please

Thanks in advance.

Rupesh
Hello Rupesh,
Hope you're doing well!

That is absolutely correct. The best possible way is the process that you suggested.

I would have done this :
  1. Fix the passport in India.
  2. Correct the name : First + Last
  3. Then apply for the sponsorship using the corrected passport
By the above, you will ensure all Canadian documents issued will be issued as First + Last and not Blank + Last (full name)

Hope this helps!

Best,
Nitash Agrawal!
 
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rkuma145

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Mar 22, 2017
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Hello Rupesh,
Hope you're doing well!

That is absolutely correct. The best possible way is the process that you suggested.

I would have done this :
  1. Fix the passport in India.
  2. Correct the name : First + Last
  3. Then apply for the sponsorship using the corrected passport
By the above, you will ensure all Canadian documents issued will be issued as First + Last and not Blank + Last (full name)

Hope this helps!

Best,
Nitash Agrawal!
Great thanks Nitash !!
 

CandaianDream

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Feb 25, 2018
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Hi @keypad I am living in Vancouver and having the same issue of having no surname,should I need to fill the form online of name change or need to visit the vital statistics for that?
Secondly,may I add my surname now,as my old passport has my name as Xxxx kaur,or should I get them split only?
Thirdly,to update pr card,on which emails we should send an email?thanks for ur help
Hi @parmeet, @keypad, thank you for sharing your details , I too have a similar problem, my name on Indian Passport is correct as First Name under First name and Singh under Last Name but on PR Card they combined both under last name with first name as blank. My BC Service card was issued without photo, thankfully BC ID card was issued with a picture so that serves as my ID. I was trying to apply for Legal Name change however the online application does not allow me to enter a blank under First Name of Foundation ID. I can fill in the offline form and mail it, however, I want to check with you, would it prudent to leave the First Name as blank in the offline form, or would it be better to go directly to Service BC. Service BC in Metro Vancouver has limited services and they do not provide legal name change service for that I will have to go to Maple Ridge.
Also please let me know if i need to get fingerprinting done before i submit legal name change form?
 

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Hi @parmeet, @keypad, thank you for sharing your details , I too have a similar problem, my name on Indian Passport is correct as First Name under First name and Singh under Last Name but on PR Card they combined both under last name with first name as blank. My BC Service card was issued without photo, thankfully BC ID card was issued with a picture so that serves as my ID. I was trying to apply for Legal Name change however the online application does not allow me to enter a blank under First Name of Foundation ID. I can fill in the offline form and mail it, however, I want to check with you, would it prudent to leave the First Name as blank in the offline form, or would it be better to go directly to Service BC. Service BC in Metro Vancouver has limited services and they do not provide legal name change service for that I will have to go to Maple Ridge.
Also please let me know if i need to get fingerprinting done before i submit legal name change form?
Hi @CandaianDream Sorry for the late reply. I am not following this thread on a regular basis.

If your name on Indian passport was correct at the time you applied for the PR then it should have been the same on your PR card too. You might have made a mistake while filling out the forms and that is why they have combined your full name as your last name.

I am not sure what is the current process but at the time when I went through this, I just filled an offline form and left the first name field blank. I mailed the form with proof of fingerprints done to Vital Statistics. Going to Service BC was not a feasible option for me too as they didn't have any location in the lower mainland.
 

rejo_j2003

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Aug 5, 2015
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@ drajay: You don't need two newspaper advertisements. Just tell to BLS that u want to split name . only thing u need is name split affidavit which is on their website.

@sunshine1212: Unfortunately, this is a lengthy process. I am in the process of doing that -
1) Split your name in India passport by contacting BLS office.
2) Apply for a name Change (i.e. split) in Canada - I did it by applying in Service Ontario - it takes anywhere between 2 -3 months. (Depends upon which province you live)
3) Contact immigration with the new passport and name change document to change name on PR Card. (COPR document will never change) & hopefully they will change the name. (Thats what my lawyer told me)

Total process would take around 4-6 months.


@ gsriharsh: I totally agree with you.
Hi can you please tell which affidavit has to be downloaded from passport seva website.