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Changing middle and maiden name after marriage

My husband and I got married back in March in the U.S. At the time, I chose to keep my maiden name because we had already started the visa paperwork to move to Switzerland this summer. I didnít want to complicate the process by throwing in a name change, and I was also worried about getting a new passport in time since the State Department stopped processing applications for awhile because of COVID.

Now that weíre settled in Lugano, I wanted to find out more about the name-change process here. Iím happy to keep my maiden name for now, but would eventually like to change it before we have kids. Iíd change my middle name to my maiden name, and take my husbandís last name. From what Iíve read on other threads in this forum, you need to have a valid reason to change your name, and Iím wondering if changing both my middle and last names would fit into their description of ďvalid.Ē Also, does anyone have an idea on the cost? Iíve seen figures up to 700chf, and I donít know if thatís per name (since Iíd be changing two).

Finally, I couldnít find a form or application on the cantonís website (Ticino). Does anyone have an idea how to begin the process?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 21.09.2020, 17:53
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Re: Changing middle and maiden name after marriage

https://www.ch.ch/en/married-name/
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Old 21.09.2020, 20:25
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Re: Changing middle and maiden name after marriage

If youíre not Swiss it had nothing to do with the Swiss. You would need to change your name with the US authorities, get a new passport, then take your passport & documentation and get a new permit etc in Switzerland.
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Old 21.09.2020, 20:32
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If youíre not Swiss it had nothing to do with the Swiss. You would need to change your name with the US authorities, get a new passport, then take your passport & documentation and get a new permit etc in Switzerland.
This, assuming you're American. I moved here shortly after getting married in the States. There was no time to change the name or the passport in advance. However, when I registered here as married, I filled out a form at the municipality that told them what my married name would be once all the paperwork was through.

Then I did all the name change stuff with the SSA first, then the embassy for the passport, and once I had a new passport I went to the municipality and got a new permit with the new name. After that I updated the driver's license, the bank, yadda yadda.

It takes time though so plan accordingly if you want to travel or move. I moved to CH in May and I don't think it was all done until about November or even December.
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Old 21.09.2020, 20:46
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Re: Changing middle and maiden name after marriage

Just make sure you have something you can identify yourself with? In my country f.e. you keep your maiden name always. My married name is according to German law and apart from the wedding certificate, nothing to show that that is my name 😀

But maybe it is more easy in Switzerland/your home country
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Just make sure you have something you can identify yourself with? In my country f.e. you keep your maiden name always. My married name is according to German law and apart from the wedding certificate, nothing to show that that is my name 😀

But maybe it is more easy in Switzerland/your home country
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This, assuming you're American. I moved here shortly after getting married in the States. There was no time to change the name or the passport in advance. However, when I registered here as married, I filled out a form at the municipality that told them what my married name would be once all the paperwork was through.

Then I did all the name change stuff with the SSA first, then the embassy for the passport, and once I had a new passport I went to the municipality and got a new permit with the new name. After that I updated the driver's license, the bank, yadda yadda.

It takes time though so plan accordingly if you want to travel or move. I moved to CH in May and I don't think it was all done until about November or even December.
Really? Iím in the same boat, American. I could in theory go to the embassy to change my name to my husbandís on my passport (I need a new one in the next year anyway) and then I would just contact the agency in charge of my B permit to notify them with appropriate paperwork and documentation of my name change? That would be considerably less expensive than doing it ďthe swiss wayĒ no?
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Really? Iím in the same boat, American. I could in theory go to the embassy to change my name to my husbandís on my passport (I need a new one in the next year anyway) and then I would just contact the agency in charge of my B permit to notify them with appropriate paperwork and documentation of my name change? That would be considerably less expensive than doing it ďthe swiss wayĒ no?
I think so? The rules might have changed in the last 10 years, but as your original citizenship is American, your official identity docs are issued based on American law. If you change your legal name with the USA then I don't see how the Swiss can refuse to update your permit because that's your legal name.

But again, I did this right after getting married and I told the Swiss muni what my name would be after all the changes were done.

Before you can change the name on the passport, you have to change it with the Social Security Administration.
https://faq.ssa.gov/en-us/Topic/article/KA-01981

Here's a link to the embassy site with some info that might help (this is the link to the US Embassy in the UK but you get the idea):
https://uk.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen...-u-s-passport/
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Really? Iím in the same boat, American. I could in theory go to the embassy to change my name to my husbandís on my passport (I need a new one in the next year anyway) and then I would just contact the agency in charge of my B permit to notify them with appropriate paperwork and documentation of my name change? That would be considerably less expensive than doing it ďthe swiss wayĒ no?
I think this would only apply if your marriage certificate already reflected your name change, unfortunately. Since I didnít change my name when I got married, Iíd have to change my name through a court order in my state of residency in the U.S. (or some similar process in Switzerland, I guess) before I could go to the embassy to update my passport. Although please correct me if Iím wrong, because that would certainly be easy if I could just get it taken care of at the embassy!
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If youíre not Swiss it had nothing to do with the Swiss. You would need to change your name with the US authorities, get a new passport, then take your passport & documentation and get a new permit etc in Switzerland.
I have since found out that this isnít really true. I changed my name to my married name with the US embassy and went to renew my Permis B with my new American passport. I was immediately told that unless I had also changed my name with the local …tat Civil office, I would be getting my new Permis B under my old name. So I still have to go through the swiss office and pay a small fortune to change my name. This could of course vary by canton.
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I have since found out that this isnít really true. I changed my name to my married name with the US embassy and went to renew my Permis B with my new American passport. I was immediately told that unless I had also changed my name with the local …tat Civil office, I would be getting my new Permis B under my old name. So I still have to go through the swiss office and pay a small fortune to change my name. This could of course vary by canton.
indeed your entry in the civil register drives the name on your permit. The permit office cannot therefore change your name if you already have a permit.
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indeed your entry in the civil register drives the name on your permit. The permit office cannot therefore change your name if you already have a permit.
One would have thought this would have occurred to me, but no. Embarrassing, lighter in the pocket, but no worse for the wear. What a pain name changes are though.
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