JK Jain (His son is in USA) posted the following comment to the post No Surname in the Passport, FNU in USA Visa.

This is a common problem in India that there is no importance given for separate first name and Surname. Even my son had a similar problem and we realize this only at the time for applying his visa & no time was left to get passport corrected.

Its always better if one get his passport corrected before applying for US Visa. Thats much easier.

But in case if someone cannot get his passport corrected before getting US Visa, there is a procedure with CGI (Counselor General of India) in USA. One can go through their website and follow the procedure for change of name (Splitting).

Its not very complicated, one can download all the forms to be submitted (from the CGI website), fill the form, get them attested by some attorney in US, get a draft for requisite fee from the bank and mail all the documents, along with all original passports (old & new) to CGI.

See that you comply with the checklist provided at the CGI website. My son, who is studying in Los Angeles, did the same and got a new correct Passport from CGI, San Francisco through mail within less than a fortnight.

Later on, one can continue on his old valid visa in previous passport, provided both the passports are stapled together and get the new visa on new passport whenever he comes to India.

Please note that one can get a new visa from the same embassy which issued first visa. This change in name must be done at the earliest possible so that getting SSN, DL etc are done with proper name only.

  • Mahalakshmi

    Hi,
    I do not have a surname. Only First name: Mahalakshmi on my passport.
    I need to add surname to my passport. My US Visa- H1 states: FNU Mahalakshmi.
    I want to add surname: Iyer to my passport.
    Based on the procedure I checked and contacted US Embassy- I was informed that I need to submit 2 newspaper ads stating change of name ( one in my country and one in place of current residence ) along with Affidavit – The deed availbel online.
    Problem is to get the ad in newspaper in NJ – they are asking me to submit a court appeal and get Form B certified by a judge.
    Is this required? Please help.

    • HSB

      I’m not sure how to procedure works in NJ. You may have to talk to others who have done that from NJ.

  • Harleen

    I have my full name (Harleen Kaur) in the passport in the given name category. I came to US on a H4 visa and my Visa said – FNU Harleen Kaur. Now here I applied for a H1B visa and got the petition approved on the same name – Harleen Kaur. My concern is

    I understand that a name change can be done on Indian Passport while in US by advertising in newspapers (both countries) and following the other procedure of reaching to a consulate and paying the fees – I wish to know if I get my name changed on my passport now – will that in any way negatively affect my H1B visa stamping when i go back to India coz my petition will not have my new name as it was applied earlier with old name.

  • HB

    More info regarding name change procedure in US on an Indian passport available at http://harshabanavara.blogspot.com/

  • Debiprasad

    Many girls go to usa after marriage on H4 visa. In indian custom surname of the girl changes after marriage.Generally they cannot change surname in passport/visa before leaving for usa due to time constraint. If the surname is changed there will be mismatch with educational certificate surname. In usa they take admission for higher edn. and generally change visa status to F1.My question is whether it is advisable to change surname after taking admission,because then they have some time for surname change or it is better to continue with maiden name.Please answear

    • HSB

      Process of changing name in Indian passport tin USA will take some effort (not tough though). Like advertising in local newspaper and things like that. If you really want to change the name to follow the custom, then go for it, but it will not impact any admission process.

  • kumar

    In Indian Passport there are columns "GIVEN NAME" and "SURNAME". But while filling up for on line registeration tfor GRE there are columns "FIRST NAME", "MIDDLE NAME" , "LAST NAME". Pls clarify which column of passport correspond to that of on line registeration.

    • Mankris

      HI Kumar,

      You just need to fill your first name and last name..

      If a persons name Balaji Rama Reddy..

      First name:- Balaji

      Middle name:- Rama

      Last name/surname:- Reddy

      Or if a name is Yogesh Tripathi

      First name:- Yogesh

      Last name/surname:- Tripathi

      I hope you got what u need to fill on the gre form..

  • Mankris

    Hi Hsb,

    I dont think posting comment has no value. The info i added was my real experience and you don't think that is beneficial.

    • HSB

      What are you talking about? I dont see other comments in this post written by you.

  • rhoni

    hi,

    i am in a bit of nervous wreck condition now..

    i had registered for gre for feb 14th in blore. and got an email with confirmation number then. but 2 days back i cam eto know that i was supposed to get a hard copy of the confirmation through postal i called up my centre and they said the confirmation number was enough. but now when i go to the ets site and check the confirmation status… the confirmation status. the number they had sent me via email is shown as invalid. does this mean that my registration is not valid? n i lost the money too.. :(

    will i get to write the exam? what should i do?

    P.S : i mailed the gre info people no replies from them.

  • arjun iyer

    Good post Mr.Jain.