How to Change Name in Passport After GRE

Raghuram Sukumar GRE 12 Comments

I have read all your posts and I am happy to see that information on this crucial topic is available. But still my problem is little different. I have my name on the passport as Meenu only and no surname. My father’s name is PXXXX RXX. I have already given GRE and TOEFL with the name MEENU MEENU. on all my degree certificates my name is MEENU only. If now I go for a name change in the passport, like MEENU MEENU or MEENU PXXXX RXX, would it be problematic?? Or this is the best solution to avoid further problems. I have already applied to 3 universities with name MEENU L.N.U. and got to know that I must provide a last name.

First – you made the mistake by using Meenu Meenu to register for GRE. Now its time to face problems, but there is always a solution.

Applying without Name Change in Passport

  • Since, you took GRE, its not possible to change your name in GRE score report.
  • You cannot apply to university with Meenu Meenu, because your I-20 will be issued with Meenu Meenu.
  • If name in I-20 differs from Name in passport, you might have issues during visa.
  • Visa will be issued with FNU
  • Single mistake  is now being amplified.

In this case, your I-20, passport will have 2 different names, which means you will face problems in getting SSN, Drivers License.

Solution – Name Change in Passport

You can do that in 2 ways

  1. Send application and Change name in passport
  2. Change name in passport, then submit application.

In both options, you HAVE to talk to Graduate school before submitting the application. I prefer Option 2. But, you can decide which is better.I’m going to explain just the option 2.

Explain to university about your GRE Score report name format.  Let them know your application name will be different (Meenu PXX RXX) since you are going to change the name in passport. Let them know you will send photocopy of both passports, so they will know you had previous passport without surname and new passport with surname.

Again – you have to be clear to them about the mistake you made while registering GRE (used  Meenu Meenu). Only after graduate school agrees that they will match your GRE scores with your application, proceed to submit the application.

To make things easier for the university, send the email discussion printout along with application package. Person handling your application might be different after couple of months.


  1. I never wrote my surname in any document an passport too and now i want to apply for germany visa.
    Can i get visa without writing my surname??

  2. Hello,

    I gone through the posts regarding name change in the passport. My passport has the following name :

    First Name : Manav, Last Name :

    I am going to register for GRE soon (by Oct end).

    Also I have booked an appointment for re-issue of passport with new name, basically addition of surname. The new online system of scheduling an appointment at the passport office has booked a slot in November.
    So which name should I use to register the GRE exam.

    Also do you know of a way if I can have an early appointment with passport office so that I can submit the reissue of passport request ASAP.

    Please help

  3. my problem is exactly same as Meenu’s problem. I would like to ask what if I apply to passport office with an application to add my first name itself in the last name section ? Is it possible to do so ???

    1. Hi ana,

      I’m facing same problem. I would like to know if you got any solution as this comment was posted long ago. Please help me out with this issue.


  4. i havae a small problem in my passport.the problem is actually my name is CHANDRA SEKHAR .this is continued from the all my certificates. but in my passport it was appearing as CHANDRASEKHAR.there is a space is missing in my name on the creates any problem on taking GRE,TOEFL,I-20,and in VISA stamping.please give me reply to my problem.

  5. I took my gre test on 10 of Dec. and had 430 in verbal and 590 in the quantitative section. is this a good enough to get admission.

    However i can't view my scores online. Could there have been a mistake on my part during the test/

  6. Hey i have the same problem. My name is NAVEEN CHOWDRY MALEPATI… But my score card says NAVEENCHOWDRY MALEPATI.. will this be a problem??

  7. yeah that would be problematic but if u have to change the name on the passport it takes a lot of time you better change the GRE name and request them showing or sending a copy of yours . ok . byeeeeeee

  8. Hey HSB. i have a minor problem in my passport just wantedd to ask does it matter.

    well my name is same correct in passport the problem is very small but don’t know it matter or not.

    My passport name is VINAY GANESH SINGH CHAVAN
    and GRE & TOEFL scorecard name is VINAY GANESHSINGH CHAVAN.
    did you notice.
    The space between my dads name. ya its GANESHSINGH instead of



  9. I got a low marks in TOEFL.So can I apply in United State with that low marks.Is that marks of no use.Do I need to give TOEFL exam again.

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