Comment from Nived
I understand that last name is very important in US. I don’t have a surname in my passport. Surname field is blank. My given name is Nived XXXXX. So
wherever I had to submit my last name, I printed it as XXXXXX.
I received an I-20 from UTD. I had mailed them a copy of my passport. Understanding that I don’t have a surname, they printed Nived XXXXX as my
surname and left my first name field blank. International Office at UTD explained that this is the procedure they follow for
candidates without surname in passport. They claim no problems have been reported yet from previous students.
I understand that VISA application form, I-94, US custom’s form etc asks for Family name and First(given) name. Please advise me on how to fill these.
If you have read the articles, you will know by now that you can get Visa without last name. But, you will run into lot of problems without surname. They don’t issue SSN with you don’t have surname.
You need SSN for pretty much everything. Time and effort you have to put to change your passport in India is very less compared to problems you will face if you don’t have surname.
Most of you in your situation will agure that I’m not going to change names in passport and come to US. Consider this as a warning of things you will run inot without surname.
Changing your last name after coming to US will be more troubles. Since you will have visa that will say FNU. It’s upto you.
I read it. I have already downloaded the form to change my name is passport. Thanx a lot my well-wisher
Blank Surname in Indian Passport
We have posted several articles explaining the importance of having Surname in your passport even before take GRE Exam. We came across the following experience posted by someone in a forum who had FNU in US visa and process he had to go through to get it fixed. If you are student, going through this process will be time consuming and costly.
Steps to change the Name in Passport in US
Rules are strictly followed here. Only thing we need to wait for a long time.. This is what I did to correct my name everywhere
- April 2005 – FNU – Passport, Visa
- July 2005 – because of this SSN got delayed for 4 months and received with FNU
- July 2005 – DMV refused to give license, because they cannot give license with FNU.
- July 2005 – Enquired local newspapers in Philly – They told that I need to get court order number
- July 2005 – Went to court, they said that I need to show proof of my residence for 6 months, and should contact attorney for name change.
- August 2005 – Talked to attorneys – they said I need to give 100 $ consulatation + actual charges of name change
- August 2005 – I have decided to give up, but at last try, I have enquired with Desi newspapers in NJ for name change advertisement. They agreed to give advertisement with 40 $ charge
- September 2005 – I gave the ad in NJ, and in Chennai India.
- September 2005 – Went to Indian Embassy NYC, they said, I need to wait for 1 month time after ad date(b cos somebody will object for this name change… I dont know how they will come to know, if somebody objects!!)
- October 2005 – I applied for Passport Name change
- October 2005 – Received with proper lastname, firstname in passport after 3 weeks time
- November 2005 – With this I went to SSN office for name change
- December 2005 – I got the SSN with changed name
- In the mean time, everywhere my name went as FNU Siva(Insurance, Bank Acct, Utility bills, Pay Check, etc..)
- December 2005 – Initiated everywhere to change my name
- December 2005 – Applied for Driving License -
- January 2006 – Failed 2 times in road test – (I need to unlearn my aggressive car driving habit learned over 2 years in India.. )
- February 2006 – Today I have passed my road test and received my license, W2 forms, Insurance card and other documents with my changed name…Got relieved from FNU everywhere!!!..
The whole process took me 10 months time (purchased car in December 2005 only after correcting everywhere)…
Lessons learned : Don’t give up. Follow the system, Dont have to break the rules to get your things done…