I am having a huge issue with name change…
I was born in Brazil and as my father is Spanish I have a Spanish passport. In my Brazilian passport I have both my mother and father’s surnames and the same goes for my Spanish passport. I currently live in Australia and have only recently gotten married to an Australian citizen, therefore have decided to adopt his surname. Now, here is the problem, I have changed all of my Australian related documents, and even got a change of name certificate to use my father’s surname and add my husband’s surname. I will be able to change my name on my Brazilian passport so long I have the change of name certificate which is good news.. but I have just got off a call with someone in the Spanish Consulate in Sydney, who by the way was very rude and not helpful at all, she actually hung up on me!!! Who said that I couldn’t change my name to my married name and that she could hand write something on my passport to say that I am married to my husband… as if that is going to mean anything to the Australian government when I come in and out of the country!!
I am really disappointed with the Spanish consulate, and as I am a very proud Spanish citizen I thought there would be someone out there who would have had a similar issue to mine that might be able to tell me if there is any issue in having one name on my passport which is where I hold my Australian residency and another name on my Australian documentation (i.e. drivers license, bank accounts, mortgages, etc…)