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Hi Everybody,

I am going to be coming to Dubai shortly with my Husband (we aren't married yet). He is the one that will have the main job and I will be on his visa being sponsored by him. I am planning on keeping my current passport as it doesn't expire until 2014.
On his visa does my name have to be maiden (as passport) or in my married name as per the wedding certificate.

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Do you mean you will be married before you come to Dubai?
You can keep your maiden name, there is no law to say you have to change your name to your husbands. You maiden name is on your marriage certificate anyway. Personally I think it is a shame you do not want to take your husband's name just to save the price of a new passport but that is your choice. And it will be alot more complicated trying to change your name in Dubai in 2014 than changing it before you come.
 

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Hi,
Thanks for the reply.
We will be getting married before we come and I will take his surname and we will return to the UK prior to the passport expiring to get a new one with my married name on it. I was just unsure if this posed a problem with the visa situation or whether to just get a new passport in my married name before leaving the UK.

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Try and do everything in the UK. To change your name on your visa over here later on would be a nightmare. Also get your marriage cert attested at the FCO and the UAE Embassy in London before you come.
 

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As above. Your visa is physically stuck in your passport on one of the pages.

Changing it to another passport, with a different name on it will seem like the impossible to the "system" here.
I do agree that getting your paperwork done in one go is always easier. However, if your visa is on the older passport, you can always staple the old and new passport together even if the names are different. You don't have to get the resident visa re-issued just because the passport was changed (speaking from experience with my wife's situation)
 

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Rsinner is right. You do not need to change your visa when you change the name on your passport. Just staple them both together and you should be fine.

You do need to get you certificate attested, etc as already suggested by Wandabug.

Quite frankly, I do not see the need for a woman to take her husband's last name. He's marrying you, not taking ownership of you....but that's just my opinion anyway.
 
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