Change of name – evidence required??

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    Hi all.

    I have been going round in loops looking for definitive EFSA clarification that if a learner changes their name that there is an official requirement to collect legal proof of this name change.

    I understand that some learners change their name for very personal and sensitive reasons but don’t always do this “officially” and/or it may take a considerable amount of time before proof is available.

    In terms of the ILR and exposure to audit risk I assume it is always sensible to keep copies of documents if they are available but if they are not, for any reason, is there an ESFA ruling that would prevent the use of another name in the ILR?

    I understand the PLR will need to be updated to match, but that’s the only “rule” I can find?!

    Thank you in advance.

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