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New passport with name change
05-03-2013, 08:17 PM
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New passport with name change
My wife is in the process of changing the name on her passport. We submitted the application using the passport with her maiden name with the advice that it is no issue to provide a photocopy of her new passport with name change later on during the sponsorship process. Once her new passport is available, do I just mail it to CPP-Ottawa ASAP (where her case is being handled)? Can i wait until PPR or must I provide it before the PPR? What is the exact procedure for doing this (updating passport)?

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05-06-2013, 10:47 PM (This post was last modified: 05-06-2013 10:49 PM by clearly_cody.)
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RE: New passport with name change
It appears that you must email it and any scanned relavent documents (passport bio page, marriage certificate copy) to CPP-Ottawa with your application number contained in the subject. I would definitely recommend providing it before the PPR.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/...?q=303&t=3
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information...ottawa.asp

I wouldn't recommend doing this as I believe it will probably slow down your application a bit (no idea by how much). It can certainly be done, though.

My recommendation would be to wait until you receive a PR card and then start changing her name on documents including getting a new PR card issued.
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05-07-2013, 05:36 AM
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RE: New passport with name change
Note that CIC will not issue a new PR card due to a name change. The PR card will have the same name as the COPR. The COPR will have the same name as the passport.

If you want her PR card to have her new name on it, you will need to continue along the path you are on now.

The rationale for this is simple: a PR card proves she is a permanent resident. It is not an identification card, so you shouldn't be relying upon it to prove identity - just immigration status.

FSW: App 6/09, reject 12/11, JR leave 7/12, discontinued 9/12
Spousal: App 3/12, sponsor approval 6/12, PPR 9/12. Landed 13 October 2012.
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05-07-2013, 02:17 PM (This post was last modified: 05-07-2013 02:49 PM by keesio.)
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RE: New passport with name change
@clearly_cody:
"My recommendation would be to wait until you receive a PR card and then start changing her name on documents including getting a new PR card issued."

But since she is getting her passport name updated right now and will have her new passport back before COPR. So it sounds like I have no choice?

@computergeek:
She hasn't gotten the COPR yet or any PR card. I would like for her to have her new name on her PR card but it is not a big deal. I just always read that you are better off informing CIC before her COPR is issued since it is easier to change her name then vs after her PR card is done with her old name.

I called CIC and they said it is no problem to update her name but I didn't consider that it would delay things. Looking back I wish my wife held off on the passport name change.

UPDATE: I just called CIC. The person I spoke to said that my wife can simply provide a copy of hew new passport for the PPR. He made it sound like it is not a big deal if I update CIC prior to that or not. I hope this is true, I guess I am concerned about accuracy because some people on the forums have mentioned not getting the most up to date information from the call centre agents.
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