Press Release   •   Oct 25, 2010 11:10 BST

Foreign National Name Changes

New figures published today by the Legal Deed Service show that an increasing number of foreign nationals are choosing to change their name to avoid discrimination.

Statistics show that migrants with English names tend to do better when applying for jobs and can avoid discrimination.

And a report issued by the Legal Deed Service (LDPS) has confirmed that the number of foreign nationals applying to change their name is up by 40 per cent.

Julia Clarke, Compliance Officer at the Legal Deed Service, said: "It is possible for foreign nationals and refugees to change their names, and this allows them to get their documents changed.

"I would advise anyone going down this route to check with their countries high commission or embassy in London, as this will allow them to find out if a name change certificate will be enough to change their passport.

"These new figures just go to show what lengths people will go to in order to fit into British society and start a new life. The customers we have had applying for a name change have told us that in some cases they believe that a name change would increase their chances of getting a job, despite our countries rules about discrimination.

"This just goes to show that our country has a long way to go in terms of making foreign nationals feel welcome and that our existing policies should be revised sooner rather than later."

Mrs Clarke added: "Foreign nationals who are currently residing in the United Kingdom are eligible to apply for a name change and we have had applications processed from people all over the world.

"Depending on where you are from, there may be different procedures where a name change may need to be witnessed by a solicitor, but anyone interested in changing their name should contact us and we can give them sound yet practical advice."


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