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I have a problem When my passport was renewed in 1993, for

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When my passport was renewed in 1993, for some reason the date of birth changed from Mar 4 1951 to Mar 4 1954. I thought it would be a hassle to get it corrected so I have continued with that date. The passport was renewed again in 2011. My job dob is correct and I have an Indian document School Leaving certificate to say that my date of birth is Mar 4 1951.
I left it alone all these years because I thought my dob in the job was correct and I was not doing any fraud by making me younger for retirement.

I am of indian origin I surrendered my Indian passport in 1986 and got British Citizenship in that year. Please let me know what are the implications and what should I do to save penalties. What would be the penalties if this was discovered?
Hi

Thanks for your patience.

The difficulty is that you have not corrected the original mistake on your passport at the time and have proceeded since then on the basis of the mistaken date of birth.

Technically the UKBA could regard this as a deception, for which they may be entitled to revoke your citizenship ultimately. Whether they do so is a matter judged on a case by case basis.

If it is the case that you did not do this to gain an advantage in terms of your immigration status or subsequent attainment of a UK passport and it was simply that the administrative burden intimidated you then its less likely that the uKBA would seek to revoke it. If you have been of good character since the original mistake and since you obtained UK citizenship then this will also help.

However, it is a bit of a problem which if you want to attempt to correct you would have to instruct a solicitor to prepare your request to the UKBA to amend your certificate of naturalisation and then your passport. This would involve gathering the relevant evidence and also giving a detailed statutory declaration explaining why you did not correct it, that you have not gained an advantage and have been of good character (with references from people of authority who have known you for a long time).


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