What does the "have you ever been known by any other name?" question mean on the UK visa application?

11/13/2017 8:28:11 AM

1.3 Other names

(including any other names you are known by and/or any other names
that you have been known by) Any other names by which you are or have
been known, for example, maiden name, name at birth, if different.

Source: UKVI

Another explanation, also from the UKVI, is very specific to your case.

1.3 Other names

These are any other names by which you have been known, for example,
your maiden name, name at birth, if different, professional name. If
you are a married woman or were previously married and have used
different names at any time please include these even if you have now
reverted to an original name.

Source: UKVI

IMO You did have to provide the other names.

I can’t predict the outcome of your application, but it is clear from those guidance notes to me that the name you had on your birth certificate was supposed to be listed on the application, even if it is different now.

It is worthy of note that I have always ever maintained the same name on all my passports since inception in 2003, but at the same time, I also think I might at one point or another probably submitted school certificates in my original birth names during at least one of my previous 2 student visa applications.

You absolutely have had multiple legal names. Passport is not the only identity document that a person can have. What about those people who have never had a passport? Birth certificates, National ID cards, Driving Licenses, Educational documents are all candidates of such an identity match review.

I would have listed the other name on my application with an explanation that i honestly missed mentioning this on my previous applications. Whether this is detrimental to your application we really don’t know. It might not be very significant if the rest of your application is good. However only their decision can answer that part. Best of Luck!


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