My Name Will be Different in Certificates and Passport

I have read lots of blog. My situation is slighty different. My name is Rohit PXXX. As i was born and brought up in Tamil Nadu I use initial with my name. So my name is ”S Rohit PXXX” as my dad name starts with ”S”. I have all my certificates and Marksheet as ”S Rohit XXX”.

Now i am going to apply for passport with

  • Given name : Rohit
  • Surname : PXXX

Will it be of any problem while applying for GRE and US universities. As my name will be different in certificates and passport .

Name Difference – Passport vs Certificates

  • When submitting application make sure you mention different names used in school certificates and documents. In your case it will be S Rohit PXXX.
  • Use the Name Rohit PXXX while submitting application.

Surname mismatch is common problem, students from India face while registering for GRE. Good to see that you are taking additional steps even before applying for the passport.

If you don’t find the option to mention different names used in the application form, attach a separate page that explains the various names contained in your documents. To go a step further, send an email to graduate school, get confirmation from them and then attach the copy of email with application package.

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