In India, students who apply for passports tend to encounter problems concerning their surnames.
Some students give incorrect names when booking dates for GRE exam and end up having GRE score sheets with names different from their names in their passport.
Dilip has a similar issue with his surname and he posted the following comment at the post, Empty Surname in the Passport.
My surname – Surapuram
First name – Dilip
Surname – blank
Given Name – Dilip Surapuram
Name: Surapuram Dilip
Will this create any problem at the time of visa/admission in USA?
What should I use when applying for GRE?
Or should I get a change in my surname and given name in my passport?
When applying for GRE, should I give the passport Ref. No.?
If I apply for GRE without changing names in my passport and after that can I changed the names in my passport, will the passport Ref. No. gets changed after correcting my names in them?
Blank Surname in Passport
Dilip, it’s good to know that you asked this question before booking the dates for your GRE exam. Many students just start getting concerned about their missing surnames when they’re already applying at universities after they have taken their GRE tests.
- Will this create any problem at the time of my visa/admission in the USA?
Yes, it will bring you a lot of problems in the US because not having any surname in the passport is something not allowed. So even before taking a GRE test, get your name corrected in the passport. Don’t even think about booking for GRE exam dates before you have your new passport with a surname. Maybe you need to have a surname in your passport with something like
- Given Name – Dilip
- Surname – Surapuram
For your GRE, you need to use names that match those in your passport. Then after taking GRE you can change the name in passport, but NOT in ETS score report.