First of all i would like to thank you for providing valuable information for students who aspire to pursue higher studies in US like myself. After reading
the following posts:
- No Surname in Passport, FNU in US Visa
- Surname: Passport, Certificates and Mark sheet
- Invalid GRE Score if Last Name changes in Passport?
i came to know that my surname field is empty in my passport, i had no idea that it would be a problem for me when i got the passport done.
To come to the point, i have given my gre and toefl and also applied to universities in US and presently waiting for replies from them. While
registering for gre, toefl & university application i have given my name as:
- first name: AXXX
- last name: CXXX
and in all my certificates, voter id, D.L, marks cards and transcripts it is “Axxx Cxxx” itself, but in the passport it is:
- surname: ” blank “
- given name: Axxx Cxxx
i have received toefl score card with my name as Cxxx, Axxx. Now that from the link no 3. i know that i have done the right thing, what i want
to know is should i notify all the universities telling them that i will apply for a change of name ..ie., surname: Cxxx; given name: Axxx
so that they wont send me an I-20 with FNU since i have sent a copy of my passport bio page to all of them.
Is getting my name changed in the passport the right option? Should i wait for the universities’s decision or notify them immediately?
Solution – FNU Name
Go ahead and change your name in the passport to include surname; assuming that you have submitted applicaiton with first name as Axxx and last name as Cxxx.
Check your I-20 and if correct name is used, then with new name in the passport, you will be fine. If not, you can ask for new I-20. Let university go ahead with admission process now, don’t disturb them.