Surname Problems: Passport vs Certificates, Marksheets and Documents

A couple of more questions about missing surname in Indian passport or surname not matching with name in certificates and documents.

I have posted several articles in the same topic, but I keep getting email related to the same problem. Most people panic after reading a single blog post about potential problem they can face when names mismatch (or empty surname) in the passport. And  send an email or post a comment right away.  I received couple questions this week

Read the following blog post on How to Change Name in Passport while in US (and how life gets complicated) before proceeding below. It will give an idea of the problems you will face while in US with the empty surname in the passport.

Arun Asks

My name is Arun M V. I came to know that last name is important in US. So, did Indian passport will be issued in name format Arun M VXXX. Because the full name Arun MXXX VXXX is too much long. I have all the records as Arun M V. Is the name in GRE,TOEFL should be same as in the University application.

I have seen many people, University Faculty in US of Indian origin have their names in format Arun M VXXX. If the Indian Passport does’nt allow this,how it can be possible?
Or can I give my name as Arun VXXX eliminating my Middle name.

Pankil Asks

I have a problem/confusion. My name is mentioned as

Given Names: Pankil DXXX
Last Name: SXXX in passport.

My degrees have it as SXXX Pankil DXXX. I am already in US and working on H1B. So I have SSN which has my first name Last name. Should I be worried about having different names on these documents? I plan to take GMAT by end of 2010. Any information you can provide will be very helpful.

Surname – Passport vs Certificates

In India, we are used to have names with initials, instead of using Full Name. When applying for a passport, well those dang travel agents mess up the things, don’t they? Most of us unaware of potential problems that one can run into while applying for GRE Exam, TOEFL, F1 Visa, SSN, Driving License, etc.

Possible Name Combination’s

  • Certificates – Arun MV
  • Birth Certificate – MV Arun
  • College Marksheets – MV Arun
  • Documents – Arun V (or MXXX Arun VXXX)

You have to remember this – Name mismatch between a passport and certificates not a major problem at all. That’s something that can be will fix. Don’t worry about changing names in your certificates and documents.

Names in Passport

Having cleared one problem above, let’s talk about name’s in the passport. I can think of possible variations

Combination 1:

  • Given Name – Arun
  • Middle Name – MXXX
  • Surname – VXXX

Combination 2:

  • Given Name – Arun MXXX
  • Middle Name – Empty
  • Surname – VXXX

Combination 3:

  • Given Name – Arun M V
  • Middle Name – Empty
  • Surname – Empty

Of all the above 3 possibilities, the last one is the most problematic. As long as you have Surname in your passport, you will not have MAJOR problems. If there is no surname in your passport, stop right here and get your name changes in your passport first before going forward with any application or study abroad process.

Empty (or blank) Surname in Passport equals TROUBLE.

If you already applied (or received) passport without a surname, get that fixed. Talk to the local passport office to find out passport name change procedure and get it done. NOW. You may have additional if’s and buts like

I already booked dates for GRE Exam? What shall I do?

The answer is the same, change the name in passport, rebuke GRE again. If you try to save GRE exam fees, you have bigger problems awaiting you.

GRE, TOEFL and College Application

Now, we have cleared 2 issues related to names (documents and passport). Now, let’s assume you have a passport with a surname that doesn’t match with the names on your documents.

  • GRE, TOEFL, GMAT (or other exams) – Book dates based on name in passport, not documents. Use the name as provided in the passport.
  • College Application – Use the name as per passport. Remember that name in your passport will be your identity.

Going forward to use the name “as-is” from your passport. It’s absolutely ok to have different names from your degree certificates. Only university is going to use your certificates, but every other department is going to use your passport. That’s one of the reason, you have to include a copy of the passport front page with your application documents.

While filling out college application, you will see a question (or similar)

  • List other names used in your application documents.

You would have to enter various names used in your documents. If there is no such question, attach additional page to list the various names in different documents. That document must clearly state that documents submitted along with the application will have the following names, which will be different from the name in the passport.

Make sure you read  how Praveen added surname in passport after getting his I-20 due to name mismatch.

The bottom line is this

  • Your passport MUST contain surname (last name)
  • Name in GRE (TOEFL or IELTS or GMAT) score report should match with name in passport.

Questions?

Comments to this blog post is closed. You can post further questions in the forums.

765 Comments

  1. Dinesh Kumar on September 21, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Hi Sir,

    My son name in birth certificate is Gautham D.L, “D” represents my name Dinesh Kumar and “L” represents my wife name Lali.

    In his India Passport the name appear in the line of given name Gautham DineshKumar Lali (please note that (1) the surname line is blank and (2) there is no space in DineshKumar which my name has). Is he going to face any problem when he applies any university in USA because of the surname line is empty?? and also there is no space in Dineshkumar??

    His all certificates has the name “Gautham Dinesh Kumar Lali” (note that with space in Dinesh Kumar)

    Awaiting your valuable reply.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 21, 2018 at 4:35 PM

      Yes. He will have a ton of problems. He should get a new passport with a Surname.

  2. drishti singhvi on July 28, 2018 at 8:05 AM

    Hi

    My name in real is
    given name:- driXX
    lastname :-sinXX

    But my passport says
    given name :- sinXX
    lastname :- driXX

    All my marksheets are in the format
    given name:- driXX
    lastname :-sinXX

    But name in GRE in my passport format. But now I wish to apply for B1/B2 and then F1. Should I change my name on passport or is it okay to have the old passport. Will I face any issues?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 28, 2018 at 10:18 AM

      You have to get the name on the passport corrected.

  3. RAM RAJU on July 3, 2018 at 5:48 AM

    Hi

    My original Name with surname is : A.RAM RAJU,But in the study certificates I missed my surname and all the education certificates having RAM RAJU and in passport and ADHAR card I have the same.Can I know is there any process or legal document to prove that both certificate name and original name are same.

  4. Kavita Khulbe on June 27, 2018 at 1:10 AM

    Hi,
    I want to apply for my daughter’s passport,she is a minor.My husband doesn’t have his surname printed on his passport,but my daughter’s birth certificate contains my husband’s full name.So will it create any problem if we apply for her passport with my husband’s full name.Please reply asap its urgent.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 27, 2018 at 10:58 PM

      Don’t mess-up her documentation by listing the full name of her dad in the passport. Change her name in the Birth Certificate and get the passport with the single surname.

  5. Md Shahid Hussain on June 26, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Hi Raghuram sir,

    According to my All certificate and document my name is “Md Shahid Hussain” , i applied for passport with same name but in passport office they expendad Md as Mohammad and i got my passport with name “Mohammad Shahid Hussain”, some one told me that due to name expensation in passport i have to face problem during visa and job. i am very update so any one here who is expert related to passport and visa, please tell me will i have to face problem ? my name in my all Academic certificate is “Md Shahid hussain” but in my passport written as ‘Mohammad shahid hussain”.

    waiting for response.

  6. dsouza on June 16, 2018 at 2:59 AM

    HI
    I want to apply for indian passport recently i have corrected my parents name which was incorrect on birth…but the problem is i have all other id proofs as per my old birth certificate even 10th marksheet…is my forms will be rejected????to correct all the records it will take a lot of time..i want passport urgent..is i can apply using my old birth?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 21, 2018 at 12:43 AM

      You can use the updated parent’s name while applying for the new passport.

  7. Divya on June 12, 2018 at 1:25 AM

    Hey HSB,

    My name on passport is XXYYY ZZZ
    On my transcript it is XX YYY ZZZ
    Will that extra space in the first name be an issue during admits or VISA?
    Thank you

  8. Md Shahid Hussain on June 10, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Please please read my problem and give me correct information,

    According to my All certificate and document my name is “Md Shahid Hussain” , i applied for passport with same name but in passport office they expendad Md as Mohammad and i got my passport with name “Mohammad Shahid Hussain”, some one told me that due to name expensation in passport i have to face problem during visa and job. i am very update so any one here who is expert related to passport and visa, please tell me will i have to face problem ? my name in my all Academic certificate is “Md Shahid hussain” but in my passport written as ‘Mohammad shahid hussain”.

    waiting for response.

  9. Prerak Dholakiya on June 9, 2018 at 5:31 AM

    My name in certificate:
    Dholakiya Prerak Nandish
    In Passport:
    Given Name: Prerak Nandishbhai
    Last Name: Dholakia

    Now as per your blog, I should give GRE with my passport name and apply for university with passport name. Even though it is slightly different from marksheet. This will not create any major issue right?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 9, 2018 at 7:07 AM

      While applying, you have to tell in the application that your name in the certificate will be “Nandish”.

      • Prerak Dholakiya on June 11, 2018 at 10:34 PM

        Also there is difference in spelling of last name. That too I have to mention while applying right?

  10. Purushotham V on June 4, 2018 at 12:32 PM

    Hi

    In my passport my name is printed as
    First Name: PURUSHOTHAM
    Last Name: VADDE

    but in all my certificates the name is printed as
    First Name: Purushotham
    Last Name: V

    i am planning to register for GRE& IELTS will it be a problem for my MS in USA plan.

    please help.

    Thanks,
    V Purushotham

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 4, 2018 at 9:46 PM

      Name in the certificates are not an issue.

  11. kayamuddin on June 3, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    Hi HSB!!!!
    Greating for the day…

    This is kayamuddin and there is no surname in my name ,can i apply for passport with this name, if not please suggest a solution .
    I am also facing problem in baking system because of single name, they require surname to open an account , especially in M.H.
    please advise …

    I am awaiting your comment ..

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 3, 2018 at 9:12 PM

      You MUST get the passport with surname. Period!

  12. Shabnam Sangwan on May 29, 2018 at 6:13 AM

    I have added my husband sirname in my passport so now my name changes from shabnam to shabnam kumar.Now i want to apply for a long term visa for germeny so do i have to change my name in all the documents including my 10,12 and graduation. Please helpe in sloving my problem.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 29, 2018 at 6:37 AM

      Not required to change the name in documents.

  13. vikas on May 19, 2018 at 6:14 AM

    Sir, I have different surnames in 10th marksheet and obc certificate and I want to change my name in 10th marksheet.

  14. Rahul on May 18, 2018 at 7:00 AM

    My name is Rahul singh and my father’s name is Jagan Kumar sharma in all my documents but my father’s name in my passport is Jagan with surname Kumar…Will it create any problem if I’ll apply for study abroad..

  15. Arti on May 7, 2018 at 8:31 AM

    Hi

    I am applying for passport. I am working in IT sector.
    I have a query. In my 10th certificate the board used prefix Km. so my name is Km. Arti in 10th certificate but in my rest certificates like 12th, graduation, post graduation, Aadhar, PAN, etc I have name without prefix.

    Would it be a problem ? I have Passport docs verification date as 21 May 2018. So kindly respond ASAP.

  16. Bindu on May 4, 2018 at 4:02 AM

    Dear HSB

    In all my records i.e Pan card, Aadhar Card, Driving Licence my name is mentioned as Bindu A Kumar (where A Kumar stands for my husband’s name Ajay Kumar.

    I recently received my passport, but the name is mentioned as Bindu Ajay Kumar (given mame / middle name / sirname).

    so my question is as my other id and address proofs are showing only A Kumar after the given name and passport is showing Ajay Kumar, does this create any problem, or i have to change the name according to passport in all my id and address proofs.

    please revert.

  17. Amit Kumar Singh on April 2, 2018 at 2:53 PM

    My name is “Amit Kumar ” in educational document but in all other like Adhar pan it is
    “Amit Kumar Singh” , i wanted to aply for passport with “Amit Kumar Singh” will it create any problem?
    and provide solution what to do while applying for passport .

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 3, 2018 at 12:08 AM

      Make sure your passport has Surname.

  18. Shubham on March 20, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    In 10th marksheet my name is written as ” shubham srivastava” but in adhar and pan card ,there is a little change in surname as ” shubham srivasatava” ….does it will affect?

  19. Rohan Singh on March 9, 2018 at 3:13 AM

    In my passport name is in all upper case.

    ROHAN SINGH

    In gre registration form only first letter of first and last name is capital.

    Rohan Singh

    The issue is only with capitalization of letters.

    There is no problem in first or last name.
    There is no error with spelling

    Will it create any problem?

  20. Aparna upadhyay on March 5, 2018 at 5:10 AM

    Hi.. my name is aparna Upadhyay but when I receive my passport it was written “aparna upadhayt be ok to continue or not then what do I do. I am planning for abroad but will it be ok to use the same. my documents has aparna Upadhyay only

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 5, 2018 at 10:25 PM

      You will be fine if documents don’t have a surname.

  21. Abhishek Kumar Srivastava on February 21, 2018 at 2:36 AM

    Hi,
    I am applying for Canada PR and on my mark sheet there is an alphbabet missing in my surname.I realized today when applying for Educational credential verification. My name in passport is Abhishek Kumar Srivastava but in MBA mark sheet/certification it is mentioned as Abhishek Kumar Srivastva. “A” missing in my surname. Is that a problem applying for Canada PR or education verification. Pls clarify.

  22. yogendra singh chahar on February 20, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    I have recently applied for passport (INDIA) with my name as:
    Given Name – YOGENDRA
    Surname – CHAHAR

    while in all other supporting documents (aadhar, DL, voting card, etc.) it is “YOGENDRA SINGH CHAHAR”.

    I have missed out “SINGH” at the time of passport application. Now will the application rejected or they will consider it ?
    In future will it be OK ?
    If not, what are the next steps that I can take ?

  23. Akram on February 8, 2018 at 9:02 AM

    My passport and my education certificate is the same name but my passport miss dot(.) than my certificate.My certificate name Md.Xxxxxx and my passport name Md Xxxx. Is there any problem for higher education.

  24. Shivam on January 26, 2018 at 6:54 AM

    My Name is Shivam in all documents(certificates, Adhaar and PAN, I’D Proof, Driving Licence).
    My Father Name is Ranjeet Singh.
    But Now i want my last name as Shivam Anand.
    Please tell me what is the procedure to change my last name in all the above documents.
    Is it required to give the advertisement of the name change in 2 daily Newspaper?
    Or any other way to change my surname.

    Please let me know..

    Thanks,
    Shivam

  25. Vanshika on January 13, 2018 at 1:42 AM

    I have an issue. My father’s name in all my certificates is without the middle name but his real name includes the middle name. So i was confused what should i mention at the time of filling the passport application? Please advice asap. 🙂

  26. Megha on December 25, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    Hi ,

    My Name is Megha P M in all documents(certificates, Adhaar and PAN) other than birth certificate in which it is Megha and in the Passport it is just Megha based on the Birth certificate.
    What is the procedure to correct it to display Full Name as Megha PXXX MXXX?
    Is it required to give the advertisement of the name change in 2 daily Newspaper?

    Please let me know..

    Thanks,
    Megha

  27. Md Asif Siddiqui on December 25, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    My problem is regarding 1st name of my certificate and passport currently I am in uae and has given my certificate for attestation but in certificate name is Mohd Asif Siddiqui and in passport it’s Md Asif SiddiquI will ministry of foreign affairs and concerning department will accept and my certificate will get attested or not .
    I hope you have understand my problem ..reply me.

    With regards
    Md Asif Siddiqui

  28. pratibha on December 22, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    My name is pratibha verma in 10th certificate but in graduation certificate it is only pratibha….will it create problem in future..?

  29. Archana on December 18, 2017 at 4:11 AM

    I have a confusion. My Father name is mentioned as RaviXX XXX in my 10 th marks card. and in rest all documnets mentioned as RaviXX XXX B S. Initial is included in all. Do i need to change 10th markscard according to rest all ?? Or can i get any affidavit from court so, both the names are same?

  30. Ram chaganti on December 16, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    Sir, my name c. Ram in certificates. But in passport ram Chaganti. Shall i get any problem while travelling abroad. Pl. Give me reply

    • Ram chaganti on December 16, 2017 at 11:49 AM

      I can write after solving my problem

  31. Mamtha on December 7, 2017 at 1:21 AM

    Hi,
    I am having Mamtha as my name in 10th marks card but there is no last name/ surname, but in other documents also I don’t hv surname, does this create a problem for applying passport?

    Any suggestion is kindly appreciated.
    Thanks

  32. Anuj yadav on December 6, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    My adhar name is Anuj yadav but marksheet name Anuj so I want to make passport with Anuj yadav.
    Kya ban sakta hai.

  33. Bharat Thakur on December 4, 2017 at 12:37 PM

    Hi
    I’m Bharat Thakur

    In my adhaar my name with my surname
    But in matric certificate only Bharat
    Its created problem while im applying passport

  34. Jatinder singh on December 1, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Sir, my all documents are with my name Jatinder Singh . My family surname is chahal. all my documents are without surname.Now I want to apply for passport what should I do.I will apply with surname or without surname

  35. kavya on November 21, 2017 at 3:15 AM

    Hi Sir,

    My name is Kavya Priya D in all my certificates and documents, now i’m gonna apply for passport ,what should i do for getting my full surname in passport. Please advice me.

    thanks,
    Kavya priya.

  36. kiran on November 18, 2017 at 12:43 AM

    Dear sir
    My name is kiran D
    D means “Dallali”
    Sir . In my certificates contain kiran D . in my passport added surname kiran Dallali . Is there any problems occur to go foreign countries

    Replay me plz

  37. narashimman on November 17, 2017 at 1:42 AM

    sir in 10th mark sheet my name is with father initial m, and in aadhaar card just the name any problem

  38. Aditya on November 11, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    My name is ADITYA in all my documents and passport also. Will this create a problem for going abroad for job . Should I add a surname with my name in my paasport

  39. VIDEET SINGHAI on November 7, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Sir,
    My actual family surname is “singhai”, unfortunately the writer made a mistake and wrote “shinghai” in my birth certificate since my birth. Every certificate till my bachelors degree have the name “Videet Shinghai” on it.

    I have changed my surname to “singhai” now. I have a government gadget copy and passport with surname “singhai”. Will there be any problem now?

  40. Mohammad Javed on November 3, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    My name is Mohammad Javed on passport. As you know muslims use mohammad before their names, so the problem is, my first name is Javed but in passport they consider Mohammad as my first name so if they considering mohammad as a first name so its clear that they will consider Javed as a surname but thats not true, Javed is my first name i don’t have any surname after my name in any of my documents. So i want to ask you will it gonna create problem for me?

  41. Dinesh Mishar on October 26, 2017 at 2:55 AM

    Dear Sir
    Need your Help
    My daughter got admission in MBBS in kerla in the name of SNEHA DINESH MISHRA (State authorities have written this name as Father name is written in between in my UT) whereas her certificates carry her name as SNEHA MISHRA and her NEET documents have name as SNEHA D MISHRA
    Will there be a problem in future and what should I do to correct it

  42. Raghavendra P on October 16, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Hi,

    My name in all the documents which includes all academic certificates and id proofs excluding passport is Raghavendra P but in my passport it’s Raghavendra Palavalli. I’m planning for higher studies in Germany. Will there be any problem while applying for visa..? Do I have to provide the name as per other ids or password while applying for visa..?
    Please help me with this

    With Regards
    Raghavendra

  43. D on October 14, 2017 at 5:11 PM

    Passport date of birth and academic records date of birth is different..passport date of birth is according to my birth certificate..will it create any problem later.please suggest me.

  44. Vikesh on October 12, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    My name is konduri vikesh instead of this,I have only my initial k on my SSC and all my educational certificates….I don’t have full surname ..I have only initial along with my name on my SSC certificate…will it going to create any trouble.while applying my passport….and what kind of problems I will have to face…can anyone please answer me…it’s urgent

  45. Yahatesu Mohammed on October 10, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    if my certificate name do not started with my surname. will it cause problem

  46. Yahatesu Mohammed on October 10, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    Your Comment the name on ma certificate is Samira Mohammed. And the Birth certificate is Samira Mohammed. will it cause problem in Ghana?if the certificate do not started with the surname first?

  47. Saba on October 3, 2017 at 6:50 AM

    My name on all my certificates and if proofs is saba whether it would be a problem for me in future if i apply for passport

  48. Navneet Singh on September 25, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Sir,
    My name is Navneet Singh , My educational documents with the name of Navneet Kumar Singh. In my pan card and votor id name is printed Navneet Kumar Singh, I got my Aadhar with printed name Navneet Singh. I just wanted to apply my passport with name of Navneet Singh. Will that be a problem, please advise me . I need to submit Passport number asap.

  49. Raj on September 16, 2017 at 8:04 PM

    Hi , I need your help. I will have my surname but can I get rid of my initials when I renew my passport ? my current passport has Rxx Sxxxx ( Given Name) and Mxxxxx Kxxxx Sxxxx ( Sir Name which is my initials ) I just want to keep Rxx ( Given Name) and Sxxxx ( Surname) and all my other certificate from college to bank has my name printed as Rxx Sxxxx M K so will it be a problem ?
    Please assist me Thank you

  50. Aaaa on September 10, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    While making a passport can a two surname make a problem while both the surname is for the same candidate as one surname is her real one as in birth certificate while the other is the one from her husband and in other documents she has her husband’s surname.. So what possible measures can we take in such a case… Or can affidavit form noting that both the surname signifies the same person works while applying for a passport?

  51. Prainshu on September 3, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    SIR I NEED YOUR HELP
    Sir My Name Is Prainshu Nanda, In my 10th certificate only Prainshu is written and i all educational certificates only Prainshu is written. Other documents like adharcard, votercard, driving licence my name was Prainshu Nanda written. And i already have mu passport by name of Prainshu only. So can i use my surname in passport on proof of adharcard, votercard, licence but educational proof. If any possibility to use my surname and if it happens then is it make trouble in future or in Abroad. THANKYOU

  52. pawan singh on August 21, 2017 at 12:29 AM

    plese help me my father surname is not metion any problem if i want to go abroad

  53. Shikha sharma on August 18, 2017 at 12:29 AM

    I have to applied for passport . But my father name in some documents is tarsem Kumar Sharma and in some it is tarsem Kumar .will it going to create any problem??

  54. JOGESH CHANDRA MAHAJAN on August 8, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    My Surname in Matriculation Certificate is spelled as MOHAJAN, but in Digree Certificate spelled as MAHAJAN. In my Office Records & Other documents like PAN CARD,RATION CARD & in ADAHAR CARD it is spelled as MAHAJAN. At the time of retirement the Pay & Accounts Office recorded my Surname as ‘MOHAJAN’ but the Pension Disbursing Authority(BANK) recorded my Surname as MAHAJAN. While representing for revision of Pension, I am to mention my Surname as MOHAJAN, although in my all Official records it is recorded as MAHAJAN. The Pay & Accounts Office did not intimate me the reason of change in the spelling as MOHAJAN instead of MAHAJAN.I write my surname as MAHAJAN since the office records, PAN CARD, AADHAR CARD,RATION CARD etc carry the spelling as MAHAJAN. What should I do .

  55. Irshad Khan on August 8, 2017 at 2:20 AM

    Hello Sir
    My name is in 10th standard markksheet irshad but in my all documents like Adhar Card Pan Card my name is Irshad Khan and I applied for Passport as name Irshad Khan
    William it create problem, please sir tell me as soon as possible.

    • Ankit Sharma on November 24, 2017 at 2:18 PM

      Hi Irshad. I’m having the same issue. Have you got any answers to the question ?? Please let me know..

  56. sachin jain on August 4, 2017 at 1:45 PM

    My Name is SACHIN JAIN R and in my 10th and 12th certificate my name is as same SACHIN JAIN R but now I have migrated to another state and in my degree certificate my name is JAIN SACHIN R…changes in first name and last name can causes any problems in further (jobs , passport, visa,etc…..

    pls help me

  57. Jagroop Singh on August 3, 2017 at 10:19 PM

    I want ask that i made my pasaport in 2014 but i dont have surname on my passport .what i have to do?
    Should i mention or not ?
    Now my passport propely correct becoz my name same on all documents
    But i m confused about surname….becoz some say should mention and some not….
    Tell me cleaely i should apply for mentioning surname or not
    I also want to ask that if i mention my surname on my passport but my surname dont have on my educatinal documents ..can it be problematic or not ?
    Also…i have to change my pen card and adhar card name as will be mention on passport or not…..
    Manily sir must tell me …………..if i mention my surname on other docs but i dont change my educational docs..will it be fine or not.?

    ……

  58. Akram on August 3, 2017 at 11:35 AM

    Hi All,

    It is not issue my name hear. My Father’s Surname, in all my academic certificates and mark sheets my father name is mentioned as “ALLABAKSHU M” (M – Surname in short form), and in my passport it is mentioned as “MOGAL ALLABAKSHU”.

    My passport got expired, going to renew it soon. Will that create any issue during renewal or during my fly ?

    Akram

  59. ruchi mishra on August 3, 2017 at 12:51 AM

    my school 10 $12 certificate have name ruchi & scout guide certificate have name ruchi with surname mishra then these documents applied in same form they are valid or not if i apply in a registration form all documents but change in name one having surname one have not any solution of this problem

  60. Shalini on August 2, 2017 at 2:09 AM

    Hi ,

    I am planning to appear for GRE and I was wondering if you can help me with below query:

    My full name in all legal documents is SHALINI including mark sheets and Passport.

    While creating the account with ETS they advised me to write LAST NAME as SHALINI only and it won’t create problem while appearing for the exam.

    So, will there be any problem when I will be applying to universities in US and if yes, how can I correct it cause I don’t have surname as such and its always SHALINI unlike the cases listed above where they do have surname but have been printed incorrectly on passport etc.

    Any suggestions are highly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.

  61. Manish karnatak on August 2, 2017 at 1:09 AM

    I use full surname in all my degrees and documents but my father name is without surname in documents and in my degrees and certificate my father name is with surname….will that create a problem?

  62. Ritesh on August 1, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    I have applied for the passport but rejected as my matriculation certificate having name as
    Name: name and surname
    Fathers name: name
    But passbook having:name Fathers name surname
    So it is rejected..what to do next please help

  63. SHERLY JOHN on July 27, 2017 at 2:54 AM

    Dear sir,
    I HAVE APPALIED FOR THE PASSPORT AND IT CAME WITHOUT THE SURNAME, WITHOUT NOTICING THAT I HAVE WRITTEN THE IELTS EXAMS AND PASSED. NOW AS I HAVE TO APPLY FOR THE VISA, I CAME TO KNOW THAT I NEED THE SURNAME. WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEMS

  64. lungkugamliu on July 27, 2017 at 2:04 AM

    Hi please suggest me. have some mismatch in my passport name and Pancard name. But I have to go to Vietnam by next month first week.
    And I’m scared of any ellegal

  65. Rahul Kamboj on July 22, 2017 at 8:02 AM

    sir,
    I have give my IELTS exam with the passport details without surname. Now, if i want to add surname on my passport, they will re-issue my passport with different number. Will it effect my IELTS exam result certificate.

    Thanks in advance

  66. renu malhotra on July 14, 2017 at 3:18 AM

    Hello Sir, my surname is not mentioned in 10th certificate while other documents are with surname like pan card adhar card
    will it be a problem ?

  67. rupali on July 10, 2017 at 11:37 PM

    hi, my name is S. Rupali and i cant apply with initails for PAN application my All School & college marksheet has name as S. Rupali but my Aadhar card is made by Rupali. kindly, Suggest a suitable solutions for applying for PAN Card. waiting for your response.

  68. APURVA patel on July 7, 2017 at 5:43 AM

    Sir my name is APURVA Patel and my name in passport and birthcertificate is APURVAkumar Patel so sir what to do in adhar card my name is APURVA Patel and in my 12th marksheet my name is APURVA Patel so what to do sir iam planning for Canada student visa and i want to become PR of Canada so what to do Sir please reply me fast sir

  69. Min Nyaupane on June 7, 2017 at 11:28 PM

    Plz help me….
    I have some mistake in my edu. document and in passport .In passport the name is as Min prashad nyaupane and in document Min prasad Nyaupane …
    plz reply me ……And I already applied for abroad study…..

  70. Kumar gaurav on May 29, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    My name is kumar gaurav in class 10,my birth certificate name is kumar gaurav g.phadke. how to enter my name in passport?

  71. Dayal Chandra Mandal on May 26, 2017 at 2:17 AM

    Hello,

    I am having ielts score 6:00. I have obtained Masters degree from Dhaka University in Philosophy. I want to study in abroad now. I have little problem in my passport & certificate family name spelling.
    My name’s Dayal Chandra Mandal. In passport family name “Mandol” but certificates “Mandal”. Which is the better solution now? Can anyone say the solution please ?

    Thanks,
    Dayal Chandra Mandal

  72. shailesh pokal on May 24, 2017 at 11:08 PM

    I have tow surname ..in my school documents Patel and in my passport and even in all identity cards and my born certificate….. I need to remove emigration checking requirement.. so what should I do ?

    • Shailesh pokal on May 24, 2017 at 11:13 PM

      I have 2 surnames …in my all academic documents Patel while in my passport and others identity cards and born certificate my personal surname (Pokal)…I don’t need emigration checking requirement Stan in my passport …so what should be solution ..plz..help me..

  73. Ashutosh on May 24, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Hello Sir, my surname is not mentioned in 10th certificate while other documents are with surname like Adhar card ,pan card, driving licence and passbook.
    Will it be a problem?

    • Satyajeet on June 6, 2017 at 3:47 PM

      Hi Ashutosh, I am facing the same problem, if you get a answer let me know too.

  74. sai pavan on May 10, 2017 at 3:24 AM

    There is no surname in my ssc and inter certificates(M sai pavan) but i have a passport with my surname written(malisetty sai pavan).So how can i get my visa if the two names are different …

  75. kanhu charan jena on May 6, 2017 at 4:37 AM

    Hello,

    While Applying for passport i have written my Father’s Name with his Middle Name But In my Educational certificate/Pan card His Name is With out the Middle name.

    But In His PAN Card he is having with the Middle Name.

    Is there any problem regarding the Middle Name during appointment.

  76. Musaib yaqoob on May 5, 2017 at 6:43 AM

    My name on my matriculation certificate and date of birth is musaib yaqoob dar S/O yaqoob ahamed dar and my name on other documents are musaib yaqoob S/O mohammad yaqoob dar otherwise every thing is same if it is a problem then tell me solution of this problem

  77. Henzakai Hmar on April 27, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    My name in all my school and college certificates is Henzakai infimate and in some of my documents i have given my name as Henzakai Hmar in my pan card, driving license . infimate and hmar are same clan in Hmar comunity . my actual name is Henzakai Hmar i even did an avidevide of my surname . I want to apply for jobs will it be a problem , please help me coz in future i want to be known as Henzakai Hmar

  78. SK KHAJAVALI on April 25, 2017 at 2:50 AM

    sir / mam , my name is SK KHAJAVALI in all my documents from my birth … what shoul i keep the surname in my passport ? please help me

    • Musaib yaqoob on May 5, 2017 at 6:50 AM

      Hello Sir My name on my matriculation certificate and date of birth is Musaib yaqoob S/O yaqoob ahamed dar and my name on other documents is musaib yaqoob S/O Mohammad yaqoob dar is their any problem with my father’s name if it is a problem then please tell me solution

  79. Shilbha Nigam on April 18, 2017 at 10:25 PM

    My husband is going for a work in new york but his marksheets r misplaced will that be a problem
    Only 10th marksheet is there and the college degree

  80. Baswaraj Gadgikar on April 8, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Hello Sir, my surname is not mentioned in 10th certificate while other documents are with surname like Adhar card ,pan card, driving licence and passbook.
    Will it be a problem?
    If there may be a problem what is the urgent solution for that as I have my appointment on 12th April 2017

  81. md ashfaque on April 7, 2017 at 5:48 AM

    certificate name -MD ASHFAQUE all document is same
    but differ in passport name is MOHAMMAD ASHFAQUE what problem arise. i am planning in UAE for working i have completed b. tech
    please reply my answer anyone who do u know about this condition

    • SK KHAJAVALI on April 25, 2017 at 2:53 AM

      BRO SAME PROBLEM WITH ME … Y CANT U KEPT MD AS YOUR SURNAME IN PASSORT

  82. Safiya on April 5, 2017 at 11:33 AM

    Hello,

    I dont have a surname in my passport and applied to take my father’s name as my surname. The passport authorities rejected this as I have no public docs with the desires name.

    Suppose, My first name in the passport is Ayesha Zoha. Can I now request for Ayesha to be my first name and Zoha my surname.

    Any advice would be deeply appreciated.

  83. Amith Reddy on April 2, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Hello Sir/Madam,

    My name in all the doccuments is AMITH A RAJOLKAR. But the name in the passport is AMITH ASHOKREDDY RAJOLKAR.
    ASHOKREDDY is my Dad’s name. Will there be a problem in getting my visa for germany. Pls help..

    Thanks in advance.

    Amith

  84. Karthikeyan on April 1, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    My name in all my school and college certificates is Karthikeyan P.T.R. and in passport it is like Give name – Karthikeyan Surname :Portnovothirugnanasambamdam Ramadoss, Actually there should have been space in between Portnovo and thirugnanasambamdam. Will there be any problem in visa for my masters in US? Help me with this.

    Thanks.

    • Raghu on April 2, 2017 at 9:37 AM

      OMG! Yes. Big Time with your day to day life. Change to Karthikeyan Ramadoss and get a new passport. Seriously.

  85. md ashfaque on March 31, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    sir my name is MD ASHFAQUE on marks sheet and degree but tackle problem with short MD but MOHMMAD ASHFAQUE on passport s it may or not problem arise in dubai please give me ans

  86. Kiran urf Sujeet Kavatekar on March 27, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    my name is Kxxxx urf Sxxxx Tppppp Ksssss in all certificates (birth and educational) but PSK says only one name is allowed , will there be problems when I apply for abroad companies .
    passport name will vary from education certificate name.

  87. Aishwarya Murthy on March 25, 2017 at 6:28 AM

    Hi , My Name given in marksheet ,other documents and other educational purpose is Aishwarya Murthy . But in passport it’s Aishwarya Cheluva Murthy , same goes to my driving licence. So is there any problem for my further studies abroad!? Please let me know. Thank you.

  88. Sangeetha on March 21, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    My problem is if we change father and daughter surname in future did we get any trouble. In applying passport

  89. layeeq on March 21, 2017 at 6:30 AM

    I have only one name in passport…and my husband apply for family visa…visa has issued but with my name they include my father in law name…coz single name has problem the said…I have a doudt does it have problem in stamping of visa…coz there is only one name in passport and in visa there is 2 name….in all my certificate there is only one name

  90. PURNACHANDRA RAO VASIREDDY on March 20, 2017 at 2:42 AM

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    My name is PURNACHANDRA RAO V, as per certificates. But it is PURNA CHANDRA RAO VASIREDDY, (Vasireddy is my surname) as per my passport. Now I have planned to go USA /Canada/Australia for my higher studies. Do I face any problem at visa interview or at immigration check with my name in passport and certificates (surname and a space between ‘Purna’ and ‘chandra’)

  91. Gulshan Ali on March 8, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Hello San actually i want to apply for passport but concern is that my surname is not mentioned in schools leaving certificate while other documents are with surname like Adhar card ,pan card , postpaid bill and passbook .so Lest I should face the problems..Bcoz school leaving certificate is without surname

  92. Diwakar Thapa Magar on March 7, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    I have a problem related to my surname. The problem is I have written as Diwakar Thapa in my all certificates but I have my name Diwakar Thapa Magar in my passport. I already applied and receive an offer letter from university as Diwakar Thapa so I need to know can I get a visa from the embassy as I had also provided them the name verification letter from muncipality.

  93. Imtiaz on March 7, 2017 at 6:26 AM

    I would like to know if it will be a problem to get a US or UK visa if the middle name spelling is different by just one alphabet, The first name and surname are correct. The difference is in service record, PAN and pass port.

    Thanks.

  94. RANJIT SINGH on March 3, 2017 at 5:53 AM

    HELLO, I AM RANJIT KUMAR SINGH. MY FATHER NAME IS SHANKER SINGH IN MY EACH CERTIFICATE TILL M.B.S. (BECAUSE EVERY ONE IN MY HOUSE: THEY CALL SHANKER AND IN REAL IT IS DAROGA)AND IN MY CITIZENSHIP, THERE IS DAROGA SINGH, DO THE NAME CREATE A PROBLEM WHILE MAKING OF PASSPORT. PLEASE SUGGEST ME WHAT TO DO.

  95. Lakshmi on February 17, 2017 at 12:44 PM

    My daughter name is yamuna. My husband name is Sekhar. In school certificate mention yamuna. S. But in Aadhaar yamuna Sekhar.now my daughter applied neet entrance. Which one is correct. Certificate or Aadhaar. In neet rules compulsory to change the Aadhaar name To certificate name is it possible to change Aadhaar corrections.

  96. Priyanka singh on February 16, 2017 at 2:14 AM

    Priyanka singh in passport n record name priyanka dhillon i made add in 2 news paper effidavid n wat is required pls tell me i hv to change as soon as possible regards

  97. pramod nair on February 8, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    My passport name is pramod chettigal but my all documents like addar card, pan card,voter id is pramod nair re issue of passport any problem

  98. MA Pasha on February 2, 2017 at 1:42 AM

    My son name in all the Education Certificates, Birth Certificate and Aadhar Card as

    MD. Aqeel Manzar, how to apply passport if the Sure name is in initial.. please advise \

    Thanks.
    MA

  99. Satish K S on January 30, 2017 at 4:36 AM

    My name is Satish K S.. K stands for my birth place and S my dad name.. Can i make Kkk and Sss both as Surname in passport or only one name is allowed in Surname column..???

    • Tejas R Bhat on February 27, 2017 at 9:20 AM

      You can use both name for surname, no problem.

  100. Poornima on January 27, 2017 at 1:44 AM

    Hi sir,im poorni..my dad’s initial missing my school nd college certificate ..I’m clear government exam …so any problems for missing ma dad initial ah

  101. John on January 25, 2017 at 1:43 AM

    My son’s certificate his name as mentioned first with initial but in Adar his name mentioned the initial after the name any problems or

  102. John on January 25, 2017 at 1:36 AM

    My son’s certificate his name as mentioned first with initial but in Adar his name mentioned the initial after the name any problems or

  103. NAVNATH INGLE on January 21, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Actually I have problem about document issue just my name on HSC and SSC
    Navnath Yeshwant Ingle and on my degree,aadhar card,pancard and other document my name is Navnath Yeshwantrao Ingle problem like that mismatch the v and w and rao due that concern I create problem in govt job ya visa, passport so plz guide me.
    Regards,
    Navnath ingle

  104. Tejash Nayak on January 17, 2017 at 4:49 AM

    Sir, my name on Passport is Tejash Pravinbhai Nayak, because passport made with reference name of Birth certi and on my all qualification docs names is Tejashkumar Pravinbhai Nayak,
    so is there any problem while getting Visa???

  105. Dinakaran on January 11, 2017 at 2:27 AM

    Hello sir.
    My school , college degree certificate name is K.P.DINAKARAN
    but my father changed his name recently due to that I got change in my initial while applying passport & in passport my initial got changed R.DINAKARAN.
    Does it will affect my visa certificate verification. Any one pls help me out.

  106. viany on January 11, 2017 at 12:11 AM

    my name is vinay . when i am trying to get pan through online. always comment are showing fill middle name surname.
    my name is vinay no middle name no surname then what i should do/

  107. shanmugam on January 8, 2017 at 7:25 AM

    sir
    inold ppt my parents names surname then given name next
    In new passport my parents names as given name first then the surname next
    applying visa renewal is it affect the prosses

  108. Nanda on January 5, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    my original PAN Card and 10th Mark sheet like NANDAKISHORE S

    but in my B.E certificates, All Bank Accounts and Adar is like NANDA KISHORE S

    whether this may cause some problems in future like visa or passport.

  109. sukhjinder singh on December 29, 2016 at 2:31 AM

    Sir,

    My name in school, college, & Mba doesn’t match, where in school my surname is there but spelling is different in 10th and 12th, same goes in degree, I applied for passport where I didn’t mention my sur name and make necessary changes where it was required..

    Now if I apply for work or study visa in any country, will it create any problem..

    Pls help…

  110. Abhilash on December 27, 2016 at 1:21 AM

    Dear Raghuram Sir,

    My all certificates SSC, PDC, Degree having a name as Abhilash .S.
    My passport Given Name = Abhilash
    Surname= Sasidharan Pillai (Father Name)

    Will it be any issue when applying for foreign visa and assessments.

  111. shahrukh on December 25, 2016 at 2:46 AM

    hello
    my full is shahrukh khan bt in my all documents like school and collage and adhar card name is only shahrukh and my last name khan is missing in my all documents so can I apply for passport .

  112. Soorya Kiran on December 23, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Hi, I want to apply for passport i am having a doubt that my name in ssc is printed as soorya kiran Rumar instead of soorya kiran Kumar, and in all documents(adhar card,voter id ,degree certificate etc) it is printed correctly. I want to know whether the name printed in passport is ssc name or other documents name, and for what proof ssc certificate is taken dob or name . please reply its urgent

  113. Ritika shriwastav on December 22, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    My name is Ritika Shriwastav..i m studying in class 12th..my name in my 10 marksheet is Ritika Srivastav..and name in aadhar card is Ritika Shriwastav..is it better to change the name in aadhar card?

  114. Shubham on December 7, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Dear Sir,

    My name in all the official govt identity card is Shubham Raghuvanshi , but in my 12th std and degree certificate it is Shubham Raghuwanshi , there is a difference of v and w in my surname. As i am plaaning to give GRE and apply to foreign universities would it be a issue in the admission process.

    Thanks

  115. DVN on December 1, 2016 at 6:13 AM

    I AM GOING TO THAILAND THE TICKETS ARE BOOKED IN MY MAIDEN NAME LIKE MY ID SAYS, BUT MY PASSPORT IS IN MY MARRIDGE SURNAME. WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM? IF SO WHAT CAN I DO TO FIX IT BECOZ THERES NO TIME TO REAPPLY FOR A NEW ID I LEAVE IN A WEEK. IS THERE GONA BE ANY PROBLEMS REGARDING THE FLIGHT AND BEING IN A FOREIGN COUNRTY IF MY ID AND PASSPORT DOES NOT MUCH?

  116. raju on November 28, 2016 at 3:05 AM

    Respected Sir,
    My original surname is male but when my admission done in my school that time our neighbor give my name telange as a surname.from that time its been telange only.my all family member surname is male, instead of me.on my all certificate means 10th,12th,15th and in bank account and on pan card the surname is telange only.now i am 27 years old. now i want to change my surname form telange to male on all my documents.
    Kindly suggest what i have to do.
    Kindly do the needful.your reply is precious to me.

  117. Amit Chugh on November 23, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    there is mistake in my last name on my degree
    Which is issued in 2015
    My name is -Amit Chugh
    But on my degree and all DMC of my engineering .gradution it is-Amit chug.

    There will be any problem during document verification in bank job?

  118. c parthipan on November 23, 2016 at 2:12 AM

    my name is c.parthipan ,in all my certificate there is no surnmae and adhar,voterid, pancard, sbi account also no surmame
    iam eligible apply to passpart
    if there is any problem
    so,
    please tell me sir

  119. AMAKA on November 17, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Amaka
    Hi,
    Please help me, I use my birth certificate to registered my passport, AMAKA KEHINDE OLUMIDE COKER ,while my documents name that I will be using at interview bears AMAKA KEHINDE and AMAKA KEHINDE OLUMIDE .please am confused what do I do

  120. MAG on November 11, 2016 at 12:53 AM

    Hi,

    I am planning to apply for Passport, Actually my name in Birth certificate is K MEGHASREE where in 10th and other all certificates it is K MEGHASRI, will it create any problem? Please help me guys

  121. Sourav das on November 6, 2016 at 3:03 AM

    Sir,my name is sourav Sunil Kumar Das all docoment but my school certificate father name is ‘sunil Das’ missing ‘kumar’ apply passport trouble to me? Please tell me sir?!

  122. praveenkumar on October 18, 2016 at 12:35 AM

    my original govt id proofs and 10th ,12th certificates like PRAVEENKUMAR R

    but my B.E certificates is like PRAVEEN KUMAR R

    whether this may cause some problems in future like visa or passport.

    plz help me.

    • Ilyas Hussain on October 22, 2016 at 3:44 PM

      If you have a given name and no Surname in passport.
      While filling DS-160 use your given name in the column of Surname and in the column of Given name Column put FNU.
      Different USA Govt agencies used different format for Licence Social Security card, bla bla bla.
      USE First Name FNU and Last name as your Given name.
      Americans always print the last name first.
      Continue live like this unless you become Citizen.
      Than change your name as many times as you like.
      Hundreds of Millions Indians have one single name that’s our naming Culture.
      Right from the Birth certificate to Death Certificate.
      when you join Kindergarten to y our PhD. The Indian System is.
      Name of the Student………………………………………..
      Father/ Guardian name.
      Over Million Students and H1B in USA and 99% of them are having Single name.
      You only know how to fill the Name fields.
      Good Luck guys , Don’t worry be happy.
      Major problem of changing name Visa officer will ask why you change the name?
      214(b) rejection is sure.

  123. Raj bhan yadav on October 17, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Sir my name is Raj Bhan yadav But my engineering certificate my name Is without space(Rajbhan yadav) so any problems in my future or not?

  124. Purnachandrarao on October 13, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Hi,
    My certificates have my name as PURNACHANDRARAO V.
    Whereas in my passport it is PURNA CHANDRA RAO VASIREDDY.
    Does it cause any problem in future, in any immigration progress or any type of process that involves passport Vs certificates.
    Thank you

    • Raghuram Sukumar on October 13, 2016 at 9:49 AM

      No, you are good to go.

  125. seema on October 13, 2016 at 2:42 AM

    i want to get my passport.but my 10th and 12th certificate my father name mismatch only single later(narayan/naryan).so please tell me there is any problem to get passport.

    • Md. Perwez Ahmad on October 31, 2016 at 5:22 AM

      In my son birth certificate issued by municipal corporation in Bihar, his mother name as Zaira Perwez but her name is Zaira Afroz. What i do for passport application.

      Md. Perez Ahmad

  126. kiran on October 5, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    hello

    my name is kiran, in my education certificates my name is printed as S Kiran Kumar. but in in my date of birth certificate, adhar card my name is mentions as Sxxxxx Kiran Kumar.
    is it will be a issue to not getting passport?

    thank you

  127. Amanda on October 4, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Hi Sir,

    The name on my birth certificate is “CCC YYY WWW” (CCC being my surname).

    My passport has it as: Surname – “CCC” and Given names – “YYY WWW” alias “AAA”.

    All my educational documents, pan card and DL have my full name as “AAA CCC YYY WWW”.

    I will be registering for IELTS and was wondering if this would be a problem.

    Also, I will be renewing my passport. So would it make sense to change remove the alias on my passport to reflect my given name as “AAA YYY WWW”, surname remaining the unchanged as ‘CCC”?

    Kindly advise.

    Thanks,
    Amanda

  128. Rakesh Kumar Sharma on September 12, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    My Full Name is Rakesh Kumar Sharma but in all education certificate, jobs offer letter, PAN, Voter card, Passport, Adhar card my name mentioned is Rakesh Kumar (First name) without surname (it is blank).
    My Question is:
    1. If I add my surname in Passport (after affidavit/newspaper advt. etc.), is it necessary to change in all educational certificates (Marksheets/Degree). Why I am asking during any visa process (specially USA/Europe) if any change in edicational Degree vs Passport that can create problem, please confirm/advise.

  129. hab on September 3, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Hi,

    i have a query… my name hxx axx……my surname is hxx and given nameis axx

    we write surname first …my dad name is hxx yxxx

    in all my degrees its hxx axx ….but when im applying to abroad…my name is becoming axx hxx(surname)… will it be problem….

  130. Rajni on August 28, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    MY name is rajni i have a problem like after marriage my caste has not written in marriage certificate n also not in adhar card,not in bank copy but my parental caste is lamba and in my tenth dmc n all dmc it has been mentioned my caste even after marriage also .same parental caste is going on but not in marriage certyificate not in bank copy not in adhar card. it has written only rajni. I have to apply for passport so is their any problem in some countries to move

  131. hardeep on August 28, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Hello Mr Sukumar.

    Pl advise on this : My wife’s passport expired four years back. The passport carried her maiden name, besides first name and middle name. She wishes to get her passport renewed from a new address that we shifted to. Most of her address proof documents, for the new address, carry her new surname except her aadhar card where there is no surname but only first and middle name. Is it possible to get her passport renewed at this new address with this aadhar card as an address proof.

  132. Md Mohieminul Islam Khan on July 30, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    Dear Mr. Sukumar, I have kinda unique mishap with my name. All my academic certificates, including certificates from my bachelor degree, has the name: Md Mohie Minul Islam Khan… But my passport and national ID card has the name: Md Mohieminul Islam Khan.. See, no space between “Mohie” “Minul” in passport…. I’ve registered for GRE exam under the name:
    First name:MDMohieminul
    Middle name initial: I
    last name: Khan
    So, the GRE cash receipt has the name: MDMohieminul Khan… No middle name initial. I showed the problem to the center i am gonna take the exam. They cleared it,said i have to sign a form before. But you see, i will have different names in passport, GRE certificates and academic certificates.So, my question is how much trouble is this gonna be if i apply at the universities of USA? Or, how can i solve the problem? If you can spare a little of your time and give a reply i’ll be very grateful and it will take a load of tension off my shoulder. Thank you.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 30, 2016 at 8:21 PM

      Post it via Ask Raghu.

  133. Syed Ayaanulla Quadri on June 30, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Hello sir.
    My name on 10th and 12 th certificate is Syed Ayaanullah Qadri
    But on passport and degree its Syed Ayaanulla Quadri (the correct one) . Will there be any problem if i go US for further studies? Please help.

  134. Praveen on June 26, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Hello sir,

    My name is Praveen in all documents( 10th, 12th and B.Tech Marksheets). My father name is Rajesh Singh. I have PAN card name as Praveen Kumar, voter ID as Praveen. No passport or aadhar yet. I have two questions

    1: My mother name has spelling mistake in BTech marksheets, however its correct in 10th and 12th certificates. Should I need to worry? How it can be rectified.

    2: What should be my last name if I apply for Passport or aadhar card?

    Please help!!

  135. Jithesh on June 22, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Dear sir,
    I have got my passport in last year.But in my passport father name is Padmanabhan and Mother name is Rajalakshmi but education certificate Padmanabhan nair and Rajalakshmi .K and the problem is , can i get attestation from NORKA .
    if no give me solution.
    execept to change education certificate.

  136. Emmanuel Barton-Odro on June 17, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    please i am a bit confused and i need urgent help since i will be appiying for a student visa

    on my passport
    given name Emmanuel
    Last name(family name) Barton-Odro

    on my university transcript
    given name Emmanuel
    Last name(family name) Barton Odro

    so the difference is one has a space and the other doesnt have

    i want to know if i need an affidavit or not
    best regards

  137. neha on February 25, 2016 at 3:03 AM

    in my 10,12th certificates my father name is roshan lal..and in.my elementary teacher training certificatey father name is roshan lal sharma…plzz tell is it a big probalm…?it can work.or not?

  138. Pavan kumar reddy on February 23, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Hi Sir ,

    (Konduru is my Surname)

    In my Ceritficatis My name is

    K Pavan kumar Reddy -10th

    K Pavan kumar Reddy – inter(11th h 12 th)

    Pavan kumar Reddy K -(B.E)

    Pavan kumar Reddy konduru (PG)

    But in my Passport and Pancard are surname is expanded.

    Pavan kumar reddy konduru

    (Konduru is my Surname)

    is there any issue with US visa?

    Please clarify me the same.

  139. arshi on February 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    hello,
    i dont have a surname my name is written as Arshia in all my certificates from my 10th to post graduation also in ration, adhar and voter id cards now i want to make my passport for higher studies in USA.
    what about passport ? shall i make it without a surname? or do i need to include surname in all my certificates? making correction in all the certificates would b a long process. or can i make passport with a surname then making corrections and including a surname in all credentials is mandatory??

    • Raghuram Sukumar on February 16, 2016 at 12:36 PM

      1. You don’t make the passports
      2. Re-read what I wrote above.

      • Alex Desouza on June 14, 2016 at 1:11 AM

        Dear Raghuram,

        I am facing problem hope you give me solution.

        My self Alex Desouza ( Manish )

        I have changed my name Manish to Alex Desouza also changed my father Name suresh singh to Suresh desouza. due to religion changed.

        Changes done in Gazette notification paper since 2012 along with 2 newspaper advertisement.

        I have changed my name in Voter id , adhar card, pan card, driving license also

        My new documents Name is Alex Desouza S/o Suresh Desouza.

        But I haven’t changed my name in schooling certificate which is Only Manish S/o Suresh Singh.

        I have passed out 10th in 2007 & 12th in 2009

        now i looking for my career outside india.

        wanted to apply for passport & work visa after that.

        can u please tel me in future ill face any problem with name change if ill apply for for job in other countries ?

  140. Archana on February 14, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Hello!

    Am Archana!
    My certificates of 10th and b.tech have name M.ARCHANA
    My full name is Makkena Archana which is no where in the records.
    1.What should my name for passport be?
    2.What should my name for GRE exam be?
    3.What should my name for I20’s be?
    4.What should my name for university certificates be?
    Where should I use my name present in the records?

  141. santhosh on February 11, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    hi
    i have applied for ielts exam and i did not mention my middle name, i mentioned only family name and first name but my passport contain family name first name and middle name
    and i got test report of ielts. while seeing the test report i realized that i have missed the middle name, dos it cause any problem

  142. uma on February 11, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Sir, in birth certificate my name printed as gnana umamaheshwari , and in passport gnana umamaheswari. Am applying for green card, one alphabet ‘h’ (maheshwari)is extra in birth certificate. Is there any problem with this? Please suggest me on this. Thanks.

  143. Riz on February 6, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Dear sir i forgot to add my surname in my igcse certificate but i did add my surname in my a levels certificate.my passport has my surname in it is there going to be any problem i mean my igcse certificate is lacking my surname pls help.

  144. SRAVANI on January 29, 2016 at 12:10 AM

    Hi,

    I have my name mentioned as P SXXXX in my 10th and 12th certificate.
    B.Tech certificate is having SXXXX P.

    But my passport and PAN CARD are having full surname PYYYY instead of just P

    My name is mentioned as SXXXX PYYYY in passport.

    I am going to apply for H1b visa and dies this creates any problem.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 29, 2016 at 6:15 AM

      Name on your passport is what that will be used for application.

  145. Yashwant on January 28, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Hi,

    I have applied for a passport and i will get it by this month only. But i have an issue that they put only my name on passport according to my 10th and 12th certificate but i have to add my surname and middle name as well. Please anyone can tell me the procedure.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 29, 2016 at 6:21 AM

      You have to follow the name change policy listed in Indian Passport Regional centers.

  146. Yakub on January 28, 2016 at 4:34 AM

    my parents do not have surname on my educational certificates, but other all id proofs (aadhar, voter id) have it including passport.should I add surname for renewal of passport?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 28, 2016 at 7:36 AM

      Read the blog post again.

  147. Shaik Hameeduddin Shaik Ghouse on January 18, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Hi Sir,

    My Given Name in Passport: Shaik Hameeduddin
    Surname in Passport: Shaik Ghousepeer

    All my school certificates – Shaik Hameeduddin
    Note: without any initials

    My Full name as per passport is Shaik Hameeduddin Shaik Ghousepeer

    My Full name as per school, college records: Shaik Hameeduddin

    Am I in the right page ? and long name will have any issue ?

  148. Sandeep on January 17, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    My name is sandeep morisetty according to passport….where as coming to certificates from my 10th to b tech its sandeep m ….I have done my masters in US and the name is sandeep morisetty which is according to passport.
    Now i would like to apply for h1 …
    Am i going to face any issue with this during h1b

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 18, 2016 at 7:34 AM

      No, you will not have any issues when applying for H1B.

  149. Gita on January 17, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    My first passport was made in maharashtra as a kid and has my father’s name in it as my middle name(A xx S). All my other documents have my name and surname only.If I register for GRE exam with my name as in passport will all my other certificates degrees be accepted with the different name i.e (A S)??

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 18, 2016 at 7:35 AM

      Read the blog post again. It has answeres to your problem or read other answeres posted here.

  150. PERMESH KUMAR on January 12, 2016 at 2:53 AM

    Hi,

    I have different story from above. I hold a passport with empty surname, unfortunately the surname is mentioned along with my given name PXXXX KXXXX. you will be surprised I didn’t realize this until i was I was getting my SSN created, while travelled to US on L1. i had already travelled once on B1 and faced no issue.

    Now my passport has a valid B1 but expiry L1 since i have left the company. I hold a SSN with FNU PXXXX KXXXX and on the visa as well.

    my passport is about to renew now and while doing I will get the name fixed, and i have a question and would need your help on getting the answer.

    Do I need to call it “Name Change” while applying for renewal? technically there is no name change, though i will be selecting other options of change like marital status,address change etc.

  151. First_name_problem on January 5, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Great article.

    My son has three words (as per Passport and Birth Certificate) in his
    First name: Bxxxx Cxxxxxx Kxxxx
    Last name: Pxxxxxxxx

    When he entered US, He received his Green Card has
    First name: Bxxxx
    Middle name:Cxxxxxx Kxxxx
    Last name: Pxxxxxxxx

    Now i am planning to apply for US Certificate of Citizenship, because i became US citizen. I want to write his full first name under the first name box.

    But, on the application if i use the autofill option, i couldn’t fit the full first name (First name: Bxxxx Cxxxxxx Kxxxx ). I can only fit First name: Bxxxx Cxxxxxx Kxxx (which is missing last letter). One option is fill the application with PEN.

    I want to ask you kind advice which will be best option from below.

    Option 1: Fill with PEN
    First name: Bxxxx Cxxxxxx Kxxxx
    Last name: Pxxxxxxxx.

    Option 2:
    First name: Bxxxx
    Middle name:Cxxxxxx Kxxxx
    Last name: Pxxxxxxxx

    Option 3: Remove space between CxxxxxxKxxxx
    First name: Bxxxx CxxxxxxKxxxx
    Last name: Pxxxxxxxx

    We also plan to move back to India. On Xth marks sheet, I think there is limit in total length of characters (<=25 characters includes Last name). Please correct me?

    If that is the case, can i go with Bxxxx C Kxxxx Pxxxxxxxx

    I greatly appreciate your kind help and advice on this.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 5, 2016 at 10:23 AM

      My expertise goes only till Passport and U.S. Visa ( DL and SSN). For Green Card, please contact Attorney.
      Ask an Attorney – https://www.happyschools.com/ask-an-attorney/

      You can copy paste the same comment when submitting the questions.

  152. makesh naidu on January 3, 2016 at 3:54 AM

    Hi,
    My name is K Makesh Kumar Naidu where:
    K – Is the initials (as we have in south india)
    Makesh – First name
    Kumar – Middle name
    Naidu – Surname
    All my documents has K Makesh Kumar Naidu as my name.
    However while applying for passport they asked me to expand my initials which I wasn’t sure of as we don’t have any expansion of initials and the application was asking for first, middle and surname, so if I expanded K and placed it in first name that would have been wrong and if I place it behind Kumar then the name becomes Makesh Kumar Krishna Naidu, which too would have been wrong. So I applied the passport as Makesh Kumar Naidu and got it and did carried out few travels abroad in this name.
    Now after six years when I’m applying for immigration and work abroad, I think variation in my passport and other documents might be an issue.
    How can I avoid this hassle. Do I need to apply for change of name as actually I’m not changing my name but just want K added in the passport.
    I found this thread very useful and informative. I hope someone can guide me.

    Regards
    Makesh

  153. Sajjad on December 31, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    Thank you for the explanation, The issue I have is I don’t have surname on my documents, and my passport is totally different from my document,

    my documents list my name is:
    Name: Sajjad
    Last Name: Iqbal Aftab

    While my passport is:

    Name: Sajjad Iqbal
    Last Name: Iqbal Aftab
    with the surname of Iqbal

    Now my birth certificate matches the documents, but not passport, so I’m going to change the passport,

    should I keep the surname as Iqbal?
    what will happen if there is no surname in Documents as it only says Sajjad

    Much much thanks for the help!

    • harmeet on January 12, 2016 at 8:05 AM

      i want to knw the correct solution ..i have same problm on my birth certificates and school certificates licence , id cards …. but now in between my graduation i have made my passport …i m in my final year so i m confuse to make surname with my name ……is it neccessary to make changes in college documentss…plz any one help me to get out of it.

  154. Subash on December 24, 2015 at 2:05 AM

    Hi,

    My father’s name in my passport as well as in birth certificate as VADIVELU. but in all the educational documents and others documents it s named as VADIVEL. Will it create prob while applying for visa ????.. Kindly reply on this issue..

    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 24, 2015 at 9:01 AM

      It will be an issue not during Visa and applicaiton process. You can either get the name fixed or have to submit additional documen to explain to them that you have different names in the documents.

  155. Shilpa Treesa Jose on December 16, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    My Name is Shilpa Treesa Jose. Treesa is my baptism name, Jose is my fathers name.
    What would be my surname..?
    Can any one please reply??

    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 18, 2015 at 8:53 AM

      Surname = Last Name = Family Name. See your passport to find which is your surname.

  156. himanshu on December 11, 2015 at 5:54 AM

    i want apply for PAN card. i don’t use my sirname after my name. but problem is i can’t register online without using last name.
    please guide me how tackle this problem, how to register without last name.

  157. N V V R CHANDRA RAO on December 9, 2015 at 3:36 AM

    Sir,

    1. My Name in Passport is : NUNNA(SURNAME)
    VEERA VENKATA RAMA CHANDRA RAO(GIVEN NAME)

    2. In Degree: CHANDRA RAO NUNNA V V R

    Can u please clarify me whether it will be a problem.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 9, 2015 at 7:18 AM

      🙂

      Simple Advice – Get a new passport with a short name. You are going to have lot of problems with long (multiple) names.

    • N V V Rama Chandra Rao on December 11, 2015 at 3:57 AM

      Is it possible to get passport with short name & can u please tell me the procedure for this..

      • Raghuram Sukumar on December 11, 2015 at 7:11 AM

        You have to apply for new passport. Same procedure as before.

  158. ROHIT on November 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    My Father’s name and mothers name are in short in educational documents but whereas in passport it is expanded.
    Any problem for getting visa for higher education

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 30, 2015 at 9:13 AM

      It will not be a problem.

  159. Arlene p. Carupo on November 23, 2015 at 2:47 AM

    Sir good day,im trying to just asking the right thing to do aboutthe correction of my brother surname.his name in the birth certificate before is ROLANDO Y. POBLITE which the error one.his correct spelling is ROLANDO Y. POBLETE.and NSO is asking for the endorsement from the civil registrar which is file the correct one by my mother.and the told not to use it because of making new one and they give me 11 requirement to comply it.they said we spend to much for this.i need and advice from you.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 23, 2015 at 6:44 AM

      Lear the process to change the name and get it done. I can’t help you with how to correct the name for your country.

  160. Lucky on November 19, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Hi Sir ,my name is like X Y Lucky on my certificates,X Y have expansion how can i give my name on passport ? should it be expanded or should be same as in my certificates. ? please help me !

    Thank you,
    Lucky.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 19, 2015 at 8:12 AM

      Name is the passport is always expanded.

  161. chamundeswari on November 7, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    hello sir,
    my name is JANGAM CHAMUNDESWARI.
    But in aadhar card ,voter id my name “JANGAM CHAMUNDESWARI”

    in educational certificates name as follows
    1.10th class: JANGAM CHAMUNOESWARI (instead of D it printed as O)
    2.PUC : JANGAM CHAMUNOESWARI
    3.B.TECH : JANGAM CHAMUNOESWARI
    PAN CARD: JANGAM CHAMUNOESWARI

    I want to apply for the passport is there any problem while applying passport.kindly tell me if there is any problem and solution for that.please reply for this request

  162. vinod kumar on November 4, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Hi,
    I am Vinod Kumar, and in next month I am going to France. I dont use surname in my documents and its also not mentioned in my passport, will it be a problem for me in future?
    Second question is that, my surname is by mistake mentioned in my marriage certificate and my daughter’s birth certificate, do I need to correct it or it will be not a problem, as I want to apply for a fresh passport for my daughter?
    Please sir help me,
    Thanks

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 15, 2015 at 3:44 PM

      I can’t speak about life in France and how surname impacts the life in EU.
      Sorry. but, when you get a chance, you should add the surname in the passport.

  163. HARI on November 1, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    SIR,
    My father’s name and mother’s name are in short in educational documents, whereas they are in full in passport.
    I would like to know whether there will be problem for obtaining us-visa for higher education.

  164. suchitra on October 26, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    sir..
    i have just one name “suchitra” with no initials and surname in all my certificates, PAN card, birth certificate and voter id… it was never a problem. but now i am about to apply for adhar card and passport… what shall i do… is it ok if i write ‘suchitra’ again in the last name while filling a form for passport

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      • afrin on November 10, 2015 at 11:39 AM

        same problem is mine

    • Raghuram Sukumar on October 27, 2015 at 9:20 AM

      Last name is your family name or father’s name. Don;t use first name twice.

  165. MANU SAREEN on October 17, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    I WANT TO CLEAR IS DOUBT.PLS HELP ME. MY NAME ON MATRIC CERTIFICATE (PASSED IN 1991) IS’ MANU SARIN.’ WHILE FROM 12 th ONWARDS ON EVERY CERTIFICATE, PAN CARD, AADHAR CARD AND EVRYWHERE IT IS WITTEN AS’ MANU SAREEN’ NOW I AM WORKING AS ASST PROF .IN A PRIVATE COLLEGE. I WANT TO KNOW WOULD THERE BE ANY PROBLEM FOR ME IN SELECTION PROCESS OF GOVT JOB.
    IF YES , WHAT ARE SOLUTIONS ????

  166. Satheesh on October 8, 2015 at 4:56 AM

    Dear Sir,
    My name is : SATHEESH KUMAR
    Father name: SUBRAMANIAN(in all my documents except Passport)
    Father name is passport: SUBRAMANI (last two letters missed because of my voter id has that in initial stage)

    Whether it would cause any problem while travelling to US ?(planning to apply for L1 from my MNC company)

    Kindly assist me.

  167. Shruthi on October 6, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Hi,
    My name in all the Mark sheets is “**** K”. But after the graduation I changed it to “**** Shetty”. I have maintained the same after that in all my documents like Passport , PAN etc.
    Will there be any problem while applying for H1B since there is mismatch in the name between Passport and Mark sheet ??

    Thanks & Regards

    • Raghuram Sukumar on October 16, 2015 at 10:18 PM

      You need to provide documentation of name change if asked.

  168. Talha on October 2, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    Hi HSB
    MY name is correct in both NIC and passport but my father surname is missing in my academic record but present in my NIC and Passport is it make any problem for GRE and taking admission abroad on my academic record
    My name :Talha Gohar
    Fater name In passport and NIC :Gohar saeed shah
    Father name in academic record :Gohar saeed
    need your answer
    Thank you

  169. zubair khan on September 27, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    Hi sir
    I am from Afghanistan
    My name in educational certificates is Zubair Kgan
    And my father name is Abdul qadir
    And the combination in passport is
    Surname: qadir
    Given name:Zubair khan
    I want to study in us and to give tofel test
    Is this a serious problem?
    Plz sir help me . if it is serious then I will change my passport.
    Thanks

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 27, 2015 at 10:30 PM

      No, it’s not a problem. You are good to go.

  170. Sreenivasulu on September 23, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    HI Sir,
    I have one query for you, ON the 10th, Inter and MBA Marks cards my name printed as SREENIVASULU GOVINDU but on BSC Certificate it is Govindu Sreenivasulu. ON PAN Card also its GOVINDU SREENIVASULU, so I got all my bank accs with Govindu Sreenivasulu(Transposed Surname and Name), could you please tell me will I face any problems with transposing of surname and Name while purchasing any land or taking loans. Please suggest me best course of action(will changing name on Pan card helps me).

    • Sreenivasulu on September 23, 2015 at 12:11 PM

      Sir my PASS Port has Sreenivasulu Govindu(correctly), I am only scared of PANCARD and if I buy any lands what name should I enter. Thanks in advance.

  171. passport agents in hyderabad on September 23, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    thanks for providing the complete procedure on how to apply for the Passport .

  172. Vishag Rajendra on September 22, 2015 at 2:48 AM

    Hello,
    My passport will be printed as:
    First Name: Vishag
    Middle Name: Rajendra
    Last Name: Blank

    I have not applied for GRE yet, but will I be allowed to take the exam if I submit my middle name as my last name (keeping my middle name blank) in the Exam application & furnish the above passport at the exam centre?
    If not, should I apply for a new passport with the above changes and then apply for the exam?

    Vishag Rajendra.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 23, 2015 at 8:15 AM

      Fix your passport. Get Surname added in the passport.

  173. Santhosh on September 18, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Hello
    My name in passport is santhosh kumar kamishetty
    But i took gre with the name santhosh kamishetty ….does this be a issue at the time of visa?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 19, 2015 at 11:16 AM

      It could be an issue during admission for the university to match your score with application name.

      • madhu sudan reddy on November 27, 2015 at 2:34 AM

        Dear Sir,
        i have a small problem and please help me
        actually i want to apply passport
        My SSC Certificate name : K .M*************
        My Dob Certificate and aadhar name is: Kumithi M*************
        Is thr any problem ?If so please help me to resolve the issue

        • Raghuram Sukumar on December 1, 2015 at 9:09 AM

          I can’t help you with what documents you need for passport. Find an agent you can help you.

          Make sure your passport has surname.

  174. Srinivas H V on September 11, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    All my documents have name as Srinivas H V
    My passport have name as SRINIVAS HASSAN VENKATASUBBAIAH
    When i am going to create a GRE account it asks (i understood) i have to give the name as in passport, but in Last Name (Surname) row when i type HASSAN VENKATASUBBAIAH (with space in between HASSAN and VENKATASUBBAIAH) it is not accepting its showing error as “Last/Family Name must be between 2 and 32 characters containing letters, hyphens and apostrophes only. A hyphen cannot be the first, second, or last character. An apostrophe cannot be the first or the last character”. So what is the solution for this?

  175. Ashokan Subramani on September 10, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Sir, I need some clarifications. My father’s name is M.Subramani. For reasons not known He changed it to M.S.MANI before we were born. We are seven children to him and all of us have the his initials as “S” For instance My name in all my certificates is Ashokan S and my sister”s as Margathavalli S and so on. Since 1931 in all my fathers documents including his employment doucuments it is M.S.MANI. So in all my certificates it is Ashokan S , Son of M.S. MANI. My Name in Pan Card has been mentioned as. Mani Ashokan which is not acceptable. So I am unable to change it because. When I expand my initial it should be Ashokan Subramani which is acceptable but when I expand my father’s name that is M.S.MANI. The first name is Mani, The surname that is my father’s father name is Murugesan the letter S stands for Subra and I don’t where to put this name , If I put this as Middle name than My father name will be mentioned as MANI SUBRA MURUGESAN Which once again is wrong. Please guide how and what I should do. Thank you.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 10, 2015 at 11:01 PM

      Refer to comment policy.

  176. upen zalavadiya on June 25, 2015 at 4:45 AM

    hello there…
    i m about to take gre date
    my bechelor degree has the name—upenkumar vinubhai zalawadiya
    and my passport has the name—upenkumar vinubhai zalavadiya
    only ‘w’ n ‘v’ are the difference…
    if i use passport name in gre scores,,how would it affect while applying for admission,,
    what is the solution while applying for college admissions??

  177. M. Venkatesh on June 18, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    In all my documents (10/12/M.Tech) – my name is M. Venkatesh
    but in B.E marks card/degree certificate- It is Venkatesh .M

    In passport
    first name- Venkatesh
    last name- MXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    will it have any impact on my admission to US universities. I am planning for phD abroad

  178. Muraligowtham on June 1, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Hi HSB,
    My name in mark sheet is
    Name:Murali .S.B.
    S is family name and B is fathers name
    My name in passport is
    Name:Murali
    Surname:balaji

    i didn’t mention the full form of S in passport.Will there be any issue?

    • Muraligowtham on June 2, 2015 at 1:23 AM

      Hi HSB/Raghuram Sukumar ,
      Kindly help me with the below issue,I need to apply for GRE and Toefl
      Its urgent
      My name in mark sheet is
      Name:Murali .S.B.
      S is family name and B is fathers name
      My name in passport is
      Name:Murali
      Surname:balaji

      i didn’t mention the full form of S in passport.Will there be any issue in admit or in visa?
      Will any one enquire about the full form of S?

  179. Shashidhar on June 1, 2015 at 1:17 AM

    Hi

    my name is SHASHIDHAR S KARIKATTI
    but in my SSLC marks card i have name as SHASHIDHAR KARIKATTI S and i had problem applying for PAN and AADHAR so I gave certificate from gazetted officer and made my PAN and AADHAR as
    SHASHIDHAR KARIKATTI S but my voter id has only SHASHIDHAR KARIKATTI
    (where S stands for my dads initial), so please help me how to apply my name in passport application
    getting confused. my PAN and AADHAR are not one year old except my voter ID.
    getting confused please help me.

    Thank you

  180. Vikas Nawal on May 29, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Hi,

    My name printed on my passport and all degree certificates is Vikas Naval and rest of all documents like PAN card, voter Id card ,Aadhaar Card, bank account and even in my all companies is Vikas Nawal. I would like to apply for H1B Visa So I would like to check, do I need to correct my last name spelling in passport i.e Vikas Nawal instead of Vikas Naval

    Will there be any issue if I apply for a job in US?

    Thanks in advance

  181. babli on May 28, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    sir my name is babli

    my name in my school n collage certificates is babli gaur but in ctet exam i write my name babli parashar that is my surname after marriage. is this create problem in govt. job ? if yes what is the solution?

  182. Rajesh on May 27, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Hi,
    My name is Rajesh S. I have been admitted to US university. I want to apply for F1 Visa.

    In my passport, GRE, TOEFL scores, us university application and I 20 form, my name is written like this:
    Given Name: Rajesh
    Surname: Srinivas

    But in my Indian university marks cards and degree certificates it has been written as “Rajesh S”.

    While applying for F1 Visa there was a question, “Have you ever used other names?”
    What should I answer? Should I answer yes and show
    Given name: Rajesh
    Surname: S as in the marks card and degree certificate or answer no?

  183. Vikas Nawal on May 27, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Hi,

    My name printed on my passport and all degree certificates is Vikas Naval and rest of all documents like PAN card, voter Id card ,Aadhaar Card, bank account and even in my all companies is Vikas Nawal. I would like to apply for H1B Visa So I would like to check, do I need to correct my last name spelling in passport i.e Vikas Nawal instead of Vikas Naval

    Will there be any issue if I apply for a job in US?

    Thanks in advance

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 27, 2015 at 12:16 PM

      Fix your passport.

      • Sachin on July 1, 2015 at 12:52 AM

        Hi Sukumar,

        Thank you for valuable suggestions. I have no surname in the passport, after going through your blog and youtube video, I decided to bifurcate my name in the passport and then apply for GRE. Can you please help me in deciding the last name?
        My Current passport has First name: SACHIN VIJAY KUMAR (Vijay Kumar is my father’s name)
        last name: none
        I am planning to bifurcate it as : First name: SACHIN
        last name: VIJAY KUMAR
        Is two last names going to be a problem,
        Should I go for , First name: SACHIN VIJAY
        Last name: KUMAR
        I don’t want to make another mistake, Can you please let me know whether having two last names/first names going to be a problem? I don’t want to add any middle name as people say middle names always create lots of problems. Can you please advice?

        Thanks,
        Sachin

        • Raghuram Sukumar on July 1, 2015 at 7:14 AM

          Lastname – Kumar First Name – Sachin or Sachin Vijay

          I would avoid multiple names in last names.

          • Sachin on July 1, 2015 at 7:29 AM

            Hi Sukumar,

            Thank you very much for your valuable reply. In all of my certificates the name is only SACHIN V. In passport I expanded the name of my father as VIJAY KUMAR (as in passport we need to expand initials). So do you see any issues here, “KUMAR” is not there in any of my certificates/ID proofs(driver/voter ids).It is a part of my father’s name. Is it OK if I only put KUMAR to my Last name now?

            I booked GRE exam without realizing it, now totally scared. I am planning set things right with my passport and then rebook my GRE.

            Thanks again for your help, Sachin



          • Raghuram Sukumar on July 1, 2015 at 6:02 PM

            Please schedule a coaching call to talk about this.



      • naveen on September 29, 2015 at 8:57 AM

        sir,I have a doubt regarding passport.My name on birth certificateand in college documents is V.Naveen and on other documents like aadhar and voter id it is with my sur name Venapally Naveen.Is that my name must be same in all the documents?.Also I want my passport with surname.Please suggest me what to do and my slot is on next monday.

  184. BALAJI NAGARAJ KUMAR on May 26, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Respected Sir,

    I have registered for the ETS GRE examination with the following details:

    First name :BALAJI
    Middle initial : K
    Last name : NAGARAJ

    But with reference to my Passport (my primary id) , it is stated as follows:

    First name : BALAJI NAGARAJ
    Middle initial :
    Last name : KUMAR

    where kumar is my father name, since usually use father name as initial i have typed K in my middle initial column….

    so will it create any problem ??

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 26, 2015 at 9:11 PM

      Likely yes. Call ETS.

  185. gagana on May 24, 2015 at 4:14 AM

    MY name is : Gagana S
    My dad name is : C Srinivas

    in passport form what to be applied for

    given name:
    surname:

    Since i never used any surname name in any of documents like pan card/voter/adhar card ans school marks card.

    and in website its mentioned not to be used initials in passport form and should be expanded.

    which will be right form pls help me out:

    given name:Gagana S
    surname:blank

    given name:Gagana Srinivas
    surname:blank

    given name:Gagana
    surname:Srinivas

    given name:Gagana
    surname:S

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 24, 2015 at 12:21 PM

      Use option 3.

      given name:Gagana surname:Srinivas

  186. SUJAY SHIL on May 22, 2015 at 2:13 AM

    RESPECTED SIR/MADAM

    MY SELF SUJAY SHIL. I WANTS TO APPLY A FRESH PASSPORT. BUT I HAVE FACE ONE PROBLEM. THE ACTUAL PROBLEM IS THAT EVERY DOCUMENT OF MY IS NAME AS SUJAY SHIL EXCEPT MY RATION CARD & BIRTH CERTIFICATE. IN RATION CARD & BIRTH CERTIFICATE MY NAME IS SUJAY SIL. THAT MEANS PROBLEM IN SURNAME (SHIL INSTEAD OF SIL)………………………… HAVE ANY PROBLEM ARISE FOR PASSPORT?????????? PLEASE REPLY ABOUT MY PROBLEM………….

  187. Amrit on May 16, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Sir, I have legally changed my name recently while still studying in a Indian University. New my college record is with my new name while my school records still show my old name. Will it be a problem if I apply to any foreign Universities for further studies and for getting a student visa? Can it be a problem when applying for any government jobs in India?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 16, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      If you changed your name legally then you shouldn’t have any issue.

      • Amrit on May 17, 2015 at 2:58 AM

        My name in my school certificates is mentioned as Amritanshu Singh, after legal name change I’ll change the name in my University records as Amrith Singh (haven’t changed it till now). So there will be some incoherence between the documents. My birth certificate also has name Amritanshu. Please suggest should I change my name in University records? Will it cause any problems with authorities of foreign universities?

  188. VINAY on May 12, 2015 at 6:13 AM

    I Have My given name in Passport as VINAY MAHESHKUMAR and all my acedamic documents has “VINAY MAHESHBHAI”
    what should i do??

    • Rahul on May 16, 2015 at 7:45 AM

      Hi my name on certificates and all other documents , PAN card AND aadhar everywhere is Rahul Roy Chowdhury. .. while in my passport the given name is Rahul and Surname is Chowdhury Roy ……. how big a problem is this … I am currently working in India but in case I need to apply for working VISA, will this create an issue ?

      • Raghuram Sukumar on May 16, 2015 at 7:49 AM

        You shouldn’t have any problem.

  189. Sandeep on May 9, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Hi,
    My educational certificates and all other docs have name as follows
    Sandeep RXXXXX. D
    In my passport it has come as
    Sandeep RXXXX DXXXX

    I would like to go for a name change in passport just to keep it as below.
    Given Name : Sandeep
    Surname : RXXXXX

    I’m aware that i would need to go for an affidavit and need to publish in a newspaper. do i need to change it in my educational certificates as well?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 9, 2015 at 5:33 PM

      No you don’t have to change in EDU docs. This is the best decision you could make. Are you already in U.S.?

      • Sandeep on May 9, 2015 at 10:40 PM

        I’m in India itself. A lawyer informed me that I need to change it in my Xth standard certificate. 🙁

        • Raghuram Sukumar on May 9, 2015 at 11:41 PM

          What is that all about? What are you trying to do? Applying to US for education or work visa?

          • Sandeep on May 10, 2015 at 1:29 AM

            It is to apply for a work visa.

            Sent from Outlook



  190. Prasanna Venkatesan S on May 5, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Hello,

    My name is Prasanna Venkatesan S

    I need to name my son, I have selected the name as Daruk.

    I am planning to get the birth certificate with the name “Daruk(first name) Prasanna(sur name)”, will this be a trouble when i apply the passport for him.

    My confusion is ” I am wondering if i name him Daruk Prasanna, then again my full name (Prasanna Venkatesan) will add up to his name in the passport or what”

    What would be his passport name if I name my son a Daruk prasanna.

    Kindly advise

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 5, 2015 at 10:13 AM

      When we named son, we wanted it to be short wihout middle names.

      I would go with “Daruk(first name) Prasanna(surname)” and that I don’t see any issue with that.

  191. Jainish Patel on March 24, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    I have another question regarding my friends query, somewhat similar to me. He has lost his passport and he has applied to the universities. He hasn’t got the i-20 yet, he has mentioned his passport number in all his application to the universities. So does he have to apply all over again or there is some another way?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 24, 2015 at 10:16 AM

      Not required to apply again.

  192. Jainish Patel on March 24, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    I want to get my father’s name change in the passport. As in my father’s name, my grandfather’s name wrote as one of his alias and in every other documents of my father, it other name. Now I have applied to the universities with the current passport and also i have the i-20. I have mentioned my passport number in my application process, so is it possible now to get reissue of my passport with the corrected information that i want?
    Or it will create any problem regarding my visa?

  193. Sourav on March 22, 2015 at 4:44 AM

    Hi,
    I have only first name (Sagar) in my passport and degree certificates. I have worked with two companies (C1 and C2). In C1 My name was Sagar, but In C2 last name was mandatory, So they have added last name in their record and complete name was ‘Sagar Bedi’. Currently working with Company C3, here also name is ‘Sagar Bedi’. I would like to apply for Australian PR, So would like to check, do I need to add last name ‘Bedi’ in my passport ?
    Will there be any issue if I apply for a job in Australia?
    thanks in advance

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 22, 2015 at 10:01 AM

      Add Bedi to your passport and get new passport.

  194. avinash reddy on March 14, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    my name in all the certificates is P Avinash Reddy and P is pothireddy. the question is should I change my name in the certificates or not

  195. Mohamed Azhar on February 11, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    My question is that I am appearing for my tenth exam this year…and I want to know how should my name be? I have a different name in my birth certificate and a different one in my passport and aadhar card..what should I do.Its urgent please do reply ASAP….
    Thanks in advance

  196. NP on February 6, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Hi Raghuram,

    My passport issued in India has no surname and full name mentioned under given name, I would like to get my name split done..So, does this mean I will be issued with a new passport or they would add a page leaf in the passport mentioning the same?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on February 6, 2015 at 10:33 AM

      They will issue new passport and give the old passport back to you with cancelled seal.

  197. raju on February 5, 2015 at 4:33 AM

    Hi Raghuram,

    my name in all Documents(Driving license) and Certificates(10th/12th) : Raju Kumar S

    I’m going to apply for Passport, so what i’m suppose to use in names,
    Given name: ? (Raju kumar/Rajukumar)
    Surname: ? (SXXXX/S)

    Where S – my Dad’s name or just initial.

    Kindly provide me Correct names to be used based on my details above.

    Appreciate your quick response.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Raju Kumar S

    • Raghuram Sukumar on February 5, 2015 at 10:40 AM

      Lot of people have same questions. I will create a course in the same.

  198. Prashant on January 29, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Hello sir.
    I have a couple of questions. My name is Vurikiti Prashant, Prashant being my name and Vurikiti my surname. I have all my certificates by the name ‘Vurikiti Prashant’. What should be the given name and surname in the passport form?

    And another is regarding my father’s name and mother’s name. My father’s name Vurikiti Venkata Ravi. But my address proof has the name V.Venkata Ravi whereas birth certificate and 10th-12th pass certificates has the name as V.V.Ravi. What should I write my father’s name as? Should I write my father’s full name?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 29, 2015 at 1:42 PM

      Refer to other answers here.

      • Harshit on January 30, 2015 at 7:17 AM

        Hello There,
        I’m 18 And About to apply for passport and the problem is that on my driving license My Surname Is mentioned as MEHTA Where on My Marksheets (10/12) It’s MAHETA So What I’ve To Do To Correct This.
        I’m also Appearing For TOEFL..
        Please Give ME Some Information

        • Raghuram Sukumar on January 30, 2015 at 7:50 AM

          I can’t provide instructions on how to fix your Drivers License Name. Sorry.

  199. venkat on January 28, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Hi Raghuram,

    I have some problem with my names in id cards and educational certificates i.e,

    my name in educational certificates P VENKATA APPI REDDY
    IN PAN CARD :PXXXXX VENKATA APPI REDDY
    AND OTHER DOCUMENTS :PXXXXX VENKATA APPI REDDY
    Is there any problem when i applying for passport
    with initial P.
    I need to know whether it to expand or not.
    please give me a solution.

    Thanks & Regards
    venkat

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 28, 2015 at 9:42 PM

      Refer too answers to other comments in the blog

  200. Vishal on January 27, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Hi,

    My son’s name in Birth Certificate is “Adit V Jain”. As you will notice, the middle name is just a letter. Will I have any issues in getting his Indian passport?

    Many thanks for your time.

    Regards,
    Vishal

  201. mihir on January 20, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Hello! my passport looks like
    Name: my_name
    Surname: surname1 AKA surname2

    how do I register for GRE?
    should i go with only surname1(all other documents like transcript & licence have surname1 in them) or with both(but ETS has only one field for suname) ??

  202. Surbhi on January 19, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Hello sir,
    My name in Indian Passport is Surbhi and there is no last name in my educational certificates too. I am getting married and i am planning for masters in US. Do i have to add my last name in passport ? If yes then should i use my parent’s surname or my faince’s surname? Please reply sir. Thanku

    • ankit banga on January 19, 2015 at 2:36 PM

      I have the same issue. On all my school and college certificates my name is written as “Ankit”
      And on my passport as well its “Ankit” only.
      What should I do? It is possible to change name in passport but not possible for certificates. I have a confusion if i go for changing my name on passport then it will mismatch with other certificates and wud possibly create issues in future.
      Surbhi, in case you get to know the solution please email me as well.
      Email id – [email protected]
      Thanks in advance

  203. arun on January 17, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Dear Mr.Raghuram,

    My name in indian passport is as follows:

    Given name: Arunprasath

    Surname: Venkataramanan

    in all educational certificates, it is “Arunprasath V”.

    Now, I want to legally make a change in my name by including a space in my given name i,e, i want to legally change my name as

    “Arun Prasath Venakataramanan”

    I am planning to book GRE after the name change and go to US with proper proofs, affidavits & gazette copies of name change. ( for a Phd in US)

    I have 2 questions.

    1) I would like to know, because of this name change whether I will face any problems in future in US ? I have not done the name change yet. So, if you say I will face big problems, I am ready to abandon the idea of name change.

    2) After such a name change, my full name will have three parts. Am I supposed to use the 2nd part I,e. “Prasath” as my middle name.?

    Kindly help me out.

    Thanks a lot in advance.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 17, 2015 at 11:17 AM

      Why do you want to split the first name. I would use what you have now.

      • arun on January 18, 2015 at 1:44 AM

        Thanks for your kind reply. Well, people always write my name by splitting it. I always face some problems when it comes to applications, name calling etc. That is why i want to split it. Its convenient that way.

        Why do you say you would use such a name as it is.?

        Anyway, as I said, if I change will there be any problems I face? kindly answer my 2 questions in last comment.

        Thank you.

        • Raghuram Sukumar on January 18, 2015 at 11:58 AM

          Split names will always be an issue, since it will cause confusion as Middle Name or Two first name.

          My name is Raghuram and very few people call me with full name. I use “Raghu”. Having Raghu Ram in document can be pain.

          So, don’t split it.

          • arun on January 20, 2015 at 1:19 AM

            i get it. Thank you Mr.Raghu.



  204. Guest on January 17, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Dear Mr.Raghuram,

    My
    name in indian passport is as follows:

    Given
    name: Arunprasath

    Surname:
    Venkataramanan

    in all
    educational certificates, it is “Arunprasath V”.

    Now, I
    want to legally make a change in my name by including a space in my given name
    i,e, i want to legally change my name as

    “Arun
    Prasath Venakataramanan”

    I am planning
    to book GRE after the name change and go to US with proper proofs, affidavits
    & gazette copies of name change. (
    for a Phd in US)

    1) I would like to know,
    because of this name change whether I will face any problems in future in US ? I have not done the name change yet. So, if
    you say I will face big problems, I am ready to abandon the idea of name
    change.

    2) After such a name
    change, my full name will have three parts. Am I supposed to use the 2nd
    part I,e. “Prasath” as my middle name.?

    Kindly help me out.

    Thanks a lot in advance.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 17, 2015 at 11:16 AM

      Why do you want to split the first name. I would use what you have now.

  205. mahidhar on January 11, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    My name is
    First Name: Mahidhar
    Middle Name: Ramxxx
    Last Name: Nyayaxxxx

    In passport my name is
    Surname: Nyayaxxxx
    Given Name(s): Mahidhar Ramxxx

    Ramxxx is actually my fathers name and I actually dont have any middle name. I mentioned this in the passport because it was given there to write the name as given in tenth class marksheet. Also all my educational documents mention Nyayaxxxx Mahidhar Ramxxx as my name. My GRE , TOEFL and IELTS scores also have all the 3 names.

    But the problem is in sme universities I just dropped middle name due to reasons mentioned below. Here are those instances.

    Some universities clearly asked to mention First Name and Middle Name separately. Now these same universities asked to write the given name as mentioned in the passport. Specifically it was UIUC which asked to write Given name as mentioned in the passport and also gave a second column for middle name. I wrote Mahidhar in the Given name, Ramxxx in the Middle name and Nyayaxxxx in the surname/last name

    some universities like IMEC, Belgium did not ask for middle name , so I just wrote Mahidhar in the column First(Given) name and Nyayaxxxx in the Last name.

    Some universities like UBC asked to write the preferred name apart from the three i.e. first , middle and last. So I mentioned Nyayaxxxx Mahidhar as my preferred name and also mentioned the remaining three names separately in respective columns.

    My only worry is will my applications be rejected or will I have problems during VISA process if there is a mismatch in the name in passport and the application document.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 12, 2015 at 7:47 AM

      Name mismatch will not be reasons for visa rejection. You can either fix the passport or use a standard name everywhere.

  206. Mohanraj Subramaniam on January 11, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Hello Sir,
    My name is MOHANRAJ S. In educational certificates & bank, having in the same format.
    In my Aadhaar & PAN, having it as “MOHANRAJ SXXXX”.
    Can I proceed to apply for passport as
    First Name : MOHANRAJ
    Surname : SXXXX or S
    which makes sense to go abroad without problems.
    —————————————————————————————————-

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 12, 2015 at 7:48 AM

      Use this –
      First Name : MOHANRAJ
      Surname : SXXXX

      • Mohanraj Subramaniam on January 12, 2015 at 9:19 AM

        Thanks Raghuram for your quick reply..
        Solved passport problem and I filled it.. if I go for Visa..like US
        Is I need any proof for certificate verification with name MOHANRAJ SXXX or simply MOHANRAJ S enough.

        • Raghuram Sukumar on January 12, 2015 at 9:20 AM

          You don’t need any proof. You are good to go.

          Name in the passport will be the name you will use going forward for GRE, applications, visa, etc.

  207. Krishna Vedulla on December 27, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Hello sir,
    My name is V Krishna in all certificates except PAN CARD and AADHAR CARD in which it is written as VXXXX Krishna.

    First Name : Krishna
    Surname : VXXXXX

    will there be any problem if my name on passport is Krishna VXXXXX.

  208. Ann on December 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Sir,
    I have the category 3 issue,and am currently doing my masters here in USA.Can you suggest me how I can change my passport while am still here.I have my first name as FNU and the surname has my entire name.

    Thank you,
    Ann

  209. Ranjana Nagendra on December 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Hi Raghuram, my father’s name in my passport is printed along with my name (Ranjana Nxxxxx. Now I want his name to be printed in the Surname field (I don’t have a surname so this field is left blank). I went through the passport India website and used their document advisor tool. It seems that they require a deed poll and two advertisements in the newspapers regarding change in my name. Since there is no major change in name in my case, do I really need to go with all the advertisement hassles?? Isn’t there any other possible way to make this minor change??

  210. Gaurav Sharma on August 29, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    sir, my full name as in passport is Gaurav. I took GRE as Gaurav Gaurav. Well, you said surname cannot be left blank, so will the problem be fixed if get my name changed in the passport from Gaurav to Gaurav Gaurav and is that possible to have first and last name same?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on August 29, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      You made a mistake.

      Passport should have “surname”. So what it takes to fix it.

      • Gaurav Sharma on August 29, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        Should I go ahead and get my name changed in the passport to ‘Gaurav Gaurav’ or shall I include my family name as surname but If I do follow the latter, I will hv to take gre again and I don’t have time… I mean I could miss the deadlines for applying.?

        • Raghuram Sukumar on August 31, 2014 at 1:48 PM

          Include your Surname.

          • Gaurav Sharma on August 31, 2014 at 10:29 PM

            thnx for ur reply sir…i will include my surname.



  211. chiru on August 26, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    Sir,

    My name is CXXXX MXXXX where MXXX is my mothers surname
    Now for my kids i want use my father Surname which is KXXXX.
    Please guide me.

  212. Jasamrit Singh on August 25, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    @raghuram sukumar. My name on my passport is jasa**** Singh ba****. But on my 10th and 12th class certificates it is jasa**** singh ba****. Will it be a problem when applying for visa to usa?
    Please reply ASAP! Much appreciated.

  213. sreeja on August 25, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Sir,
    My actual name is SHREEJA B V , where B stands for bangalore and V for visweswaraiah. The problem is there is no proof or evidence for the full form. All my certificates say SHREEJA B V . IT WOULD BE OF GREAT HELP IF U HELPED ME FILL IN MY NAME IN THE PASSPORT APPLICATION FORM.

  214. Worried Soul on August 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Hi Raghuram

    I think my situation is very similar to the one you mentioned above (Pankil), however I haven’t really found a solution for it in the mentioned scenarios/solutions.

    My PAN/Driving License/Educational Certificates lists my name as:
    FirstName MiddleName LastName

    However, my passport has:
    Surname: FirstName
    Given Names: MiddleName LastName

    I’ve registered for both GRE and TOEFL with the name mentioned in my passport. I’ve been pondering changing my name on the Passport to:
    Surname: LastName
    Given Name: FirstName MiddleName

    I am having difficulty weighing the pros and cons of correcting the name on the passport and subsequently my college applications. Any advice that you can offer, is very highly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Worried Soul

  215. vanaja meena on August 15, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    My name is [email protected] certificate my name like this .this @ symbol cause any problem for applying for passport

  216. Raaj on August 13, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Hello !

    I have a query on the same issue. I am applying a fresh passport for my father. He does not have Birth Certificate, since at that time birth certificates were not issued. So for DOB, Matric (Tenth Certificate) has to be used which contains his name as Vijay *****.

    His Voter Card have name as Vijay Kumar ****

    His Adhaar Card has name as V.K. ****

    His Ration Card contains as name as Vijay Kumar

    So all his documents contain different names, somewhere with surname, somewhere without surname and somewhere in abbreviation as stated by me above.

    It is going to be a problem, I think. I have applied online with his full name as “Vijay Kumar ****”

    Please advice me how can I manage this. What kind of affidavit is required to prove that all these names are of a same person. However, I have filled all these different names in online form when they asked if you are known with other alias names.

    Regards And Thanks in Advance.

  217. vivek kumar on August 12, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Sir,
    my name is vivek kumar nd my fathers name is chan** bhu** singh, in all my documents my name is mentioned as vivek kumar only now while applying for passport if i will write my name as
    first name: vivek
    surname: kumar
    will it cause any problem while document verification for passport because my father write their name as chn** bhu** singh nd their will be ,missmatch in surnames of my father an my name.
    i had called passport office helpline they said their is no problem at all untill name in my documents are same as i am filling in my form.

    sir please reply as my appointment date is very near.

  218. meghana on August 11, 2014 at 5:12 AM

    sir,
    My name is A.Meghana
    In all my educational certificates my name is mentioned as A. Meghana only i.e,, with out expansion of my surname. so, while applying passport if i kept my surname would it create any problem while i am submitting documents at passport office.

    • hep on August 11, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      expand A in surname

  219. Rahul on August 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Hi,

    I am going as an exchange student to a university in Germany, and all my certificates have separate First Name and Last Name.

    In my passport, I have my full name in passport under ‘Given Name’, and Surname is blank.

    I applied for 90 days Schengen visa ( for Germany), and they have given me Visa with my full name written twice in the ‘name field’ (since surname is empty)

    Will it be an issue, now that the Visa is here and I have to leave in 2 weeks? *kind of tensed*

    • Jasamrit Singh on August 25, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      @raghuram sukumar. My name on my passport is jasa**** singh ba****, but on my 10 th and 12 th class certificates it is jasa**** singh. Will it be a problem when applying to USA for a student visa? Please reply ASAP! Much appreciated.

  220. swathi k on August 7, 2014 at 4:28 AM

    Hi,
    I got passport with blank surname. Yet to apply for visa. Please let me know the procedure for correcting it. Please do reply if any one corrected it. I issued passport 2 days back.

    Thanks,
    swathi

  221. Pooja on August 4, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    Hi Need your guidance please…
    Sorry!! There was error! Hence reposted

    My Passport Name is Pooja
    My university certificates carry Pooja Kamath
    I got married and applying for the name change with spouse name Pooja Ramesh.(Spouse Name) Rao (Surname of spouse)…
    Planning to peruse my MS in US..
    Will the different name i,e in University certificate and the change of name to maiden to married will create any problem in American Universities to get the admission..

    May be its a repeated question, but the combination is totally different, Seeking your immedt help as I am waiting in que to submit my PP for change of name….

    Thanking you in advance for the timely assistance..

    Regards…

    Pooja

    • Raghuram Sukumar on August 4, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      No issues due to last name change after marriage with respect to admission.

      • N.N.Kudva on August 5, 2014 at 6:49 AM

        Thank you very much for your prompt reply,which is highly appreciated..

  222. Pooja on August 4, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    Hi Need your guidance please…
    My Passport Name is Pooja
    My university certificates carry Pooja Kamath
    I got married and applying for the name change with spouse name Pooja Ramesh.(Spouse Name) Kamath (Surname of spouse)…
    Planning to peruse my MS in US..
    Will the different name i,e in University certificate and the change of name to maiden to married will create any problem in American Universities to get the admission..

    May be its a repeated question, but the combination is totally different, Seeking your immedt help as I am waiting in que to submit my PP for change of name….

    Thanking you in advance for the timely assistance..

    Regards…

    Pooja

  223. rajni on August 2, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Hi,
    I don’t have a surname in passport and I am already done with my GRE and Toefel.What can be done now ?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on August 3, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      Get Surname added. Let university know you didn’t have surname when you took GRE, TOEFL.

    • Gaurav Sharma on August 31, 2014 at 7:21 AM

      I too have a similar situation. I dont have a surname and already done with GRE. Now i am applying to get my surname added, which in itself is a time taking process. Please do share your experience and the steps u r taking to fix this.

  224. teja rani on July 31, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    for example if our Education documents,pan card,adharcard,rationcard,voterid contains P kumar reddy ganji and passport and in gre, ielts application contains pavan kumar reddy ganji is it a problem for applying to U.S for M.s for VISA stamping.
    Please help me out i am planning for Spring 2015.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      All that matters is your passport name after you come to USA.

  225. ANIL on July 29, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    i have a problem
    my First name:ANIL
    MIddle Name/Fathers name:Ashok
    Surname/Last name:Singh
    But my passport says
    Given name: ANIL ASHOK
    SURNAME:SINGH
    so how should i register for TOFEL, fill given name as my name only or with my fathers name ?
    (i filled GRE with only my name)

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 29, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      Given Name – Anil Ashok
      Surname – Singh

      If space in First Name is not allowed, then you an write as AnilAshok

  226. Pajjuri Venkanna on July 28, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    hello sir

    I pajjuri venkanna
    has passed my ssc in 2002 and completed my graduation and post graduation
    normally, but now the problem is with the name presented in my certificates
    that except in my ssc all my certificates the name is like PAJJURI VENKANNA S/o
    PAJJURI PENTAIAH, but in my SSC the name is like P VENKANNA S/o PENTAIAH. Will
    there be any problem of this type of names present in certificates while
    verifying them while appearing for the govt jobs.

    pls give me a solution or any advice to my email pls

    my email is : [email protected]

    thank u

  227. mamatha on July 27, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    hello sir,
    my name is m.mamatha in all my certificates. but in my votercard and pan card mXXXXX mamatha is there. i want to apply for passport. this will become issue? with which name i have to apply for passport? pls help me.

  228. usha on July 25, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    I hv applied for passportI in my marks card my name is sana.r.c.n in the adhar card my name is sana.r.c. Does they ask any question abt wat is R n wat Is C n all. C is my fathrs name. R is my grandpa name. Bt in my marks card my father has given his name as pradeep. He not mentioned his surname. Does it ll cteat any peoblem

  229. SUDHA RAMESH on July 25, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    I am not able to register my name with ETS.ORG as there is a gap between words in GIVEN NAME . please help

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 25, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      Read ETS Site again and it’s answered in the blog in another post (search).

  230. graytiya on July 24, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Yes ofcourse it might cause a problem because the name is abbreviated
    rather than spelled out in full so you will need an identification orientation . Just contact ( [email protected]) they might be able
    to help you .

  231. benjamin on July 23, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Hi, I have a small query. In my birth certificate , matriculation certificate – i was given my grandfather’s assumed middle name. In all subsequent documents – pan, aadhar, bank account, my name is without the middle name. I have applied in tatkaal without the middle name. Will my application be rejected? Please let me know.

    Thanks

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 23, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      Sorry, I don’t know the answer. but, you can come back to update this comment, so I can know if your passport came through?

    • graytiya on July 24, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Probably it might be rejected due to misorder of identification .But you could solve this by contacting ( [email protected]) for assistance .

  232. james on July 23, 2014 at 3:05 AM

    what if i have slight spelling variation in degree and 10 and 12 certificate and want to apply for MS in usa?what procedures should i follow to solve this problem?

  233. Vikram on July 22, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Dear Sir,
    My name is Vikram kamaljith.
    In passport it is in the following format.
    Surname: Blank [the space is empty]
    Given Name(s): Vikram Kamaljith

    Will this be an issue?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 22, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      Refer to this article ( read again). You can find the answers.

      • Vineet Kumar on July 30, 2014 at 1:40 AM

        Hi Raghuram,

        In the above case..

        My name is Vineet Kumar.

        there is no sure name in my name.

        My sure name is SinXX but is is not mentioned in any certificate.

        can I write in below format…

        Given Name(s): Vineet

        Surname: Kumar
        pls reply me.

        Thanks in advanced.

        • Raghuram Sukumar on July 30, 2014 at 8:54 AM

          Bottomline : You NEED surname in passport.

        • vivek on August 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

          hey vineet i m facing the same problem, what u did?
          as much i know there will not be any problem if you write kumar as ur surname because in all the document ur name is vineet kumar so no one will kno whether kumar is ur surname or not, the only doubt i hav is my fathers surname is singh nd i will write kumar so will they ask that my fathers surname is singh nd mine is kumar. this is the only doubt i have plse tell me how u resolved this.

          • Raghuram Sukumar on August 12, 2014 at 10:59 AM

            As I said before. Get new passport with surname.



          • vivek on August 13, 2014 at 12:25 AM

            i want to use kumar as my surname is it ok because everywhere my name is written as vivek kumar so generally it seems as vivek is my first name and kumar is my surname.



          • Raghuram Sukumar on August 13, 2014 at 10:52 AM

            Yes, you can.



    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 23, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      Yes. Get new passport with surname.

    • graytiya on July 24, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      contact ( [email protected]) for an express new passport assistance

  234. gtsgirish on July 21, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Hi All,

    I have my passport ready with valid first name and surname. But While registering the GRE exam , I have not expanded my last name and have just given initials . one of my friend told it will not be a problem as he also given like that only and in all other places he has given the name with initials expanded. He has already got admission and the Visa. But my question is should re register the GRE exam by creating one more account with last name expanded instead of initials or go ahead write with the same same name.

    • graytiya on July 24, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      No! not until you have solved the name expansion problem . well contact ( [email protected]) for assistance

  235. SM FAISAL on July 16, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    Sir,
    My Educational certificate name is S.M. FAISAL
    But my Passport name is Shah Mohammed Faisal

    can they create any problem in abroad to enroll myself
    at university or getting job.

    • graytiya on July 24, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      Yes ofcourse it might cause a problem because the name is abbreviated rather than spelled out in full so you will need a Reidentification for the passport . just contact ( [email protected]) they might be able to help you .

    • teja rani on July 31, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      i am having same issue.could you please help me put in this if you find some solution

  236. Rajni Routh on July 16, 2014 at 5:08 AM

    I have voter card and ration card but problem is that some of missing info in my ration card not exactly voter card is there any problem while verification. please help

  237. ABC Das on July 11, 2014 at 4:21 AM

    Hi, my name is ABC Das..i m having my passport along with my father’s surname, but would be getting married within 1 month. Along with my present surname i would like to use my husband’s surname even. Is it mandatory to change my passport surname to get the us visa (renewal of passport). Or else i can apply for us visa with my previous passport and can submit the marriage registration certificate along with my new surname..?? What should i do ?? I am having less period of time..
    Please suggest..

  238. abc on July 10, 2014 at 6:19 AM

    Hi My name is ABC Kaur as given name on password with no surname.all my certis and ids are under same name. Should i procedd with the same passport for us visa or change it, but the problem with change is that i cant pick kaur as a surname.. please help

  239. aaaa on July 9, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    Sir
    My name in birth certificate is entirely different from my actual name.. (ie. in birth certificate name is archana murali and my actual name is aarathi murali) I want to apply for an Indian passport… can any one tell me about the procedure for applying… Is one and same certificate issued by the local govt body is enough for applying

  240. Smarts on July 9, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Hello sir,
    I have a)plied for masters in australia.
    My fathers name is Surinder Partap Singh , same is on my passport, birth certificate and all indian identity cards.
    But only my educational certificates from 10th to my bachelors degree has his name as Surinder Pratap Singh.
    Will i be facing problems during my university enrolmemt process? Please help im concerned about this.

  241. veera reddy on July 6, 2014 at 4:19 AM

    hi sir please help me: i booked gre exam with the following details:
    name veeraredy and last name is :ghanti
    but now in my passport my name is like
    first name :veera and last name is : reddy…but in my father name that ghanti is there… like ghanti sudharshan reddy … is it a problem

  242. Vickey on July 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Dear Sir, My name on my Passport as well as all GRE Scores and I20 is SXXXXX Dwibhasi where as my 12 class certificates and Graduation different names as SXXXXX Dwibhashi. will it create problems in VISA process for US?

  243. Bhanu on July 1, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Hello i have a problem with my first name. My first name is Sxx Lxxxxxx Bxxxx Pxxxx Pxxxxxxxxx . As it was so long it doesnt fit in the first name column provided. The identification document i.e., the passport also consists of the first name. I don’t have any middle name . As there should be no name mismatch. How can i fill the first name column ? Can anyone please help me with this issue ?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 2, 2014 at 7:21 AM

      Simple – You have 2 options.

      Get new passport with small name.
      Fill as much as you can and leave the other letters.

      Looking at your name, I would get a new passport with short name.

  244. Jitheesh on July 1, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Hello sir,
    I have a doubt with surname in passport application. My name is Jitheesh . My fathers name – Krishnan. My family name _ Pulinkunnath.I have all my certificates with the name – Jitheesh P. While applying for the passport, what do i fill in the surname column ?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 2, 2014 at 7:23 AM

      Make sure you keep the name short and single name,

      • Jitheesh on July 2, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        How Sir….?

      • Jitheesh on July 3, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        How Sir….?
        I. My surname is My house name or can I add my father name….? Plz help me sir

        Thanks& Regards
        Jitheesh

        • Raghuram Sukumar on July 5, 2014 at 9:27 AM

          I would go with Father’s Name (just one name – single word)

          • Jitheesh on July 6, 2014 at 4:21 PM

            Sir, That mean Jitheesh P Krishnan…?

            Is it ok sir….?

            Thanks & Regards
            Jitheesh



  245. Piyush on June 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Hello….I have a problem
    I have taken the appointment for inquiry i.e verification of docs and gave address of my new residence. But i dont have enough docs to give as proof for my new residence so i changed the plan and decided to go with old residence address as i have plenty of docs as proof of residence. What will happen if I cancel the appointment and take a new appointment and put my old address? Please someone help me.

  246. priyanka on June 26, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    sir, my name is priyanka only first name) in all my documents then how can i apply for a passport with name “priyanka kXXXXX”. is it possible?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 27, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Yes, you can.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 25, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Yes, you can.

    • Gaurav Sharma on August 31, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      I am also in exactly the same situation. I want to add my family name as my last name in the passport. Please share the steps that you followed for the same. I also dont have my last name in any of the documents.

  247. Nikhil Devedia on June 18, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    my surname in my passport is TXXX and My surname name as per 10th and 12th & degree certificates is DXXXXXXX, so there is difference in my surname. Is there will be a issue in applying in uk study visa??

    • Simran on June 18, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      It might be it might not be, the name on your passport is going to be the paper work

      • Nikhil Devedia on June 19, 2014 at 1:23 AM

        ok thx but if thy ask any evidence so wht document will be required ??

        • Simran on June 19, 2014 at 7:30 AM

          I meant you will find all the relevant information.

  248. Simran on June 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Please help me

    • Notastupididiot on June 20, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      How?

      • Simran on June 22, 2014 at 7:29 AM

        To get my marriage certificate from India.

  249. Simran on June 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Hi ya,
    I don’t require any assistance regarding the above matter but it’s similar to them, I have lost my marriage certificate and I do not remember my registeration number, it will be a great help if you could sort my problem, I am a non residence Indian, and married in India.

  250. venkat on June 17, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    greetings sir ,
    i dont have my surname in degree certificates but in all my documents pan card adhaar card i have my surname . so can i apply for my passport based on my documents . will it be a problem for me while taking admission in universities as my surname is missing in certificates
    thanking you ,
    with regards

  251. Nikhil on June 17, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Sir,

    My father name is Mr. R……. Kumar Arora in Passport but In Pan Card R…… Arora is they create any problem in visa

  252. Pratibha on June 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Hello all, guys we have been trying a lot to get my brother’s passport done but his name is different in the birth certificate, that was the name given to him as a child n my grandfather gave that name to the people working on the birth certificates, so that name is on the birth certificate but in all his academic record there is a completely different name, So if u get to observe, he is compelled to have those 2 different names n we are having really a lot of trouble getting his passport making procedure even getting to start. We also managed it through legal procedures to place those names together with a “/” in between, like “name on birth cert./name on academic record” but now they r saying it won’t work either. He’s about to get a job out somewhere and we have already got a lot of time wasted in doing all these solutions but still it’s not working. If anybody of U know how to fix this, plzz plzz suggest me, the earliest U can, that’ll be really a great help.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 25, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Legally change the name and get a passport with new name.

  253. yaswanth on June 16, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Sir is wrong education details in passport will effect in future. .in issuing visa

  254. Rahul on June 14, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Hi, My name is Rahul. And on passport is also first name. I have a chance to go USA. I am going to apply Tourist visa so let me know my single name will create any problem ?

  255. devi on June 14, 2014 at 5:54 AM

    hi sir

    i am devi and my son name is sri krithik but we got birth certficate as K.Sri krithik (his intial in front). I want to know that intial infront of name will create problem for getting passport.

  256. Sai on June 3, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    My name as per 10th and 12th certificates is Vxxxx Sxx Nxx Naxxx.
    Naxxx is my last name and Sxx Nxx is my middle name. But as per all my engineering certificates it is Virinchi Sainath
    Nalluri. There is a difference of a “space”. So on what name should
    I apply my Passport so that I will not face a problem anywhere either in my university or airport.

    • Dipak Khalasi on June 10, 2014 at 7:21 AM

      dont worry – its no major issue in india.
      Everithing will be fine.

      • Sai on June 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        thank you for the help
        will it be problem while applying for an us university?
        if not in which way should i apply, i mean according to school certificates or engg. certificates?

  257. Divya on May 26, 2014 at 5:51 AM

    My son’s name in birth certificate has only his first name. My name in passport has given name Divya and surname fernando However my husband doest not use surname. His passport has the surname field blank and all his other certificates have it as R Louie Allan.
    We are planning to apply for my son’s passport and give the surname as fernando. Will we have any issues in this ? If yes what is the way forward .

  258. Hema on May 18, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    I am a 10th IGCSE student. My exams are still going on and my results are awaited still august I don’t want to waaste 1 year staying at home so for my further studies I want to shift to PU karnataka board is it possible for me to get admission in colleges without my results

  259. manoj on May 11, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    sir my name in all my documents is DEVRADI MANOJ, Devradi is my surname.
    how should it be in the passport?

    • Dipak Khalasi on June 10, 2014 at 7:21 AM

      dear please read instuctions and fill it accordingly.

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  261. ismail khan on April 11, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Sir ,
    Iam serious problem that I’ve following names in following documents
    10th ,12th marksheet :- “ISMAIL”
    Driving license, PAN Card & Birth Certificate :- “Mohd. ISMAIL”

    ADHAR CARD , Bank acounts , Graduation Degree & Graduation marksheets :- “ISMAIL KHAN ”
    What should I do to make it all same. N get saved by hudles in future..
    I want to keep my name as “ISMAIL KHAN”
    plz suggest me any appropriate n easy way to fix this problem plzz

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 11, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      Read the suggestions in the blog post.

  262. Mau on February 16, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Hi i’m applying for marriage visa to enter USA but i just got married and havent changed my name yet. Should I use my current name on the forms needed which is on my passport or I can use my husband’s name? I need answer please thank you!

  263. p. ajay bharath reddy on February 15, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    sir in my 10 and inter certificates my name is ajay bharat reddy were as in my btech certificate ajay bharath reddy will be there any problem for 1 letter h plz let me know

  264. isbr93 on February 14, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    my name is sharanabasavaraja b in all the documents and certificates but in the passport i have given sharanabasavaraja bheemareddy ,as passport people only asked to given the full name of the initial. i am planing to do “MS” so is there any problem.there is no surname or middle name

  265. Himanshu Aggarwal on February 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    My name on my Birth Certificate is Himanshu while on my passport and SSC certificates the name is ‘Himanshu Aggarwal’ . I have to apply for Passport and i need to submit my birth certificate. So, how to get the my surname added on my Birth Certificate? Please advise.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on February 13, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      I don’t think your name of the birth certificate have to match passport application name. Double check that.

  266. Md. Nayeem on February 13, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    My name is Md. Nayeem in all of my certificates and docoments.Will it make problem to get my passport and visa while I am interested to go in Canada for my higher degree.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on February 13, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      Get your passport with first and last name.

  267. Rishit Gajjar on February 13, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    My name in Passport is Gajjar Rishit Bipinkumar, but in my all graduate document (includeing 10th and 12th and LC) contain name as Gajjar Rishit Bipinchandra. so I want to apply for MS in US. Is there any problem occur while applying for admission and taking GRE and TOEFL exam.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on February 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      No issues.

  268. priyambica on February 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Hai,
    I hav a problem with my father’s name as it is sooo big.According to my 10th and inter certificates his name was
    DODDAPANENI V NAGA BASAVASIVA KUMAR
    but his actual name is
    DODDAPANENI VENKATA NAGA BASAVA SIVA KUMAR. His actual name was printed in my passport as per my birth certificate.But my issue is will it be a problem for VISA if there is a space difference or abbreviation. As per my enquiry consultancy people are saying that it will lead to VISA rejection. Could u please help me out.
    THANK YOU.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on February 13, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      Wow. that’s the longest name I have seen.
      When are you going for Visa? Ditch the consultancy. Did you pay them? I have a better solution for you.

  269. Aditya on January 28, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    My name in 10th & 12th marksheet is Aditya Singh Bhadoria but in my university marksheet it is Aditya Singh Bhadoriya.Will it be a problem during issue of passport?

  270. ajit kumar on January 28, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    sie my name is ajit kumar and in my college document name is ajeet kumar so i want to application on change my name spelling

  271. pradeep on January 26, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    sir, my name is PRADEEP in all my documents ,instead of PRADEEP GARG, can i face any type of problems in future or should i change my name from pradeep to pradeep garg

  272. Christopher on January 25, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Hi, my first name is Christopher and last name is Naveen. I don’t have a middle name, neither do I have a surname cos my parents dint include one. So in all my docs, certificates, etc, my name is just Christopher Naveen.
    When I applied for a passport, the officer sort of confused me and suggested to put my first name Christopher in the surname column and Naveen in given name column. But now I want to apply for a job in Australia and not sure which name I should use. Should I use the name in the passport or from my certificates? Please advice, thanks.

  273. Rakesh Kumar on January 23, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    Sir
    My Name is Rakesh Kumar
    but in all my Certifictes from 10th to Graduation there is Rakesh only.
    but in my Voter Id its Rakesh Kumar.
    i am planning to apply for a Passport. I want my name with my surname
    Can it create any problem at passport office …??

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 23, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      I think you will not have any issue. Make sure you have surname in the passport.

  274. Syed Mazhar Hussani on May 2, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Hello Sir,
    My name on all documents and passport is SYED MAZHAR HUSSANI, in passport it is in GIVEN NAME field and SURNAME field is blank.
    Now as University asks me to get a SURNAME I want to apply for my name bifurcation and I am worried a little. If I give GIVEN NAME as SYED MAZHAR and SURNAME as HUSSANI how it will be read together:
    1) SYED MAZHAR HUSSANI
    or
    2) HUSSANI SYED MAZHAR

    And BTW on my GRE it is given as MAZHAR HUSSANI SYED
    My head is bursting out plz help….
    Thanx in advance

  275. Tirath namdeo on April 25, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    Hi,

    My name in all documents is Tirath lal ,and my surname is Namdeo which is not there is all the documents as last name.My problem is I have to apply for a passport and in passport i want my surname to be reflected.Please help me out with this problem.

    Thanks
    Tirath Namdeo

  276. M P Shrinivas on April 12, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Dear Sir,
    My name in all the documents is M P Shrinivas. When expanded it becomes Malebennur Purohit Shrinivas. NOw my question how do I put my name in passport application as..? Because, the order has to remain same right..? What do I put in my “Given Name” & “Surname” as..?

  277. Karthik on March 15, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    Hi,
    I’m going to apply for passport but there is a spelling mistake in my 10th Certificate. Instead of ‘Karthik’ it was mentioned ‘Karthick’, I went to my old school for change of name but they said it is not possible. Will i get a problem with this? I have the AADHAAR Card with ‘Karthik’ so will it suffice?
    Thanks
    Karthik.

  278. Tanay Lakhani on March 14, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Hi,

    I am having a spelling mistake in Father’s name in passport. My full name is Tanay Pradeep Lakhani, and in passport it is printed as Tanay Pradip Lakhani (as my dad has changed ‘i’ to ‘ee’ in his name). Will it create a problem?

  279. Ahmed Muhammed Zawar on March 10, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Thanks Alot sir

  280. mohammad on March 10, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    I want to apply for a doctorate study, my full name in the M.Sc. cerificate and transcript is Balak Mahmed A., and in my passport and BSc. certificate and transcript is Ballag Mohammad A., do it will be problem for admission?.

  281. Ahmed Muhammed Zawar on March 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Hello Guys i have small issue….I graduated last year and On passport My name is written Ahmed Muhammad Zawar but on My degree certificate wriiten Ahmed Muhammad zawr …will it creat any problem if i wana apply for abroad…or any where..??? kindly reply mee..Plzz

    • HSB Counselor on March 10, 2013 at 6:36 AM

      Hi Zawar, It should not be a problem. Book your test dates based on the correct information in your passport.
      Good day!

  282. kishore on March 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    sir got my passport with intermediate certificates during my 3rd year of my graduation now im in final year im planing to abrod for my masters , for passport i dint gave any details about my graduation so please tel me is ther any prblm occurs during visa and immigration pls help me…

  283. Gautham on March 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    I also have a problem because my middle name was misspelled in my HND actually only a one letter is missing and i get a CAS letter from a UK university but other names and the family name is correct what should i do and now i cant change the name of edexel certificates too

  284. Reddy on March 1, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Hi,
    I have a different problem. My name in Passport is Kiran Kumar(Given Name)and panduri(Last Name)
    My GRE registerd name is Kiran (First Name) P(Middle Name) Kumar (Last Name)
    Will this be a problem, I was not allowed write GRE initially, then they made possible changes and filled my Middle name as Panduri … which is actually not.

    Will i face any problem in future.

    Thanks,
    Arun

    • HSB Counselor on March 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Hi, Ideally you need to register for the standardized tests with the name which appears on your passport. Now as you have already been able to take GRE, you should not face problem.
      Be careful for the college applications and I20. You would be submitting a copy of your passport along with the applications to avoid any discrepancy. Carry proper identity proofs for any issues that may surface.

  285. Abed on March 1, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Hi ,

    Sorry for remaining ignorant, even after an excellent post, however I have a problem which is kind of inverse of what is mentioned, and I hope you will smile & answer 🙂

    My passport and birth certificate shows my name as only ABED in given name, rest name fields (middle & surname) are blank. Apart from this all my X, XII, graduation, PG certificates, bank details, employment docs mention name as ABED XXX YYYY where XXX YYYY is incidentally also my dad’s name, as it was customary to append dad’s name to your own name. I have got visas to gulf without any issues.
    Should there be any problem if applying B1 to US ? Or should an affidavit mentioning that both names belong to the same person ? I am trying to avoid passport name change.

    Thanks.

  286. SAILAJA on March 1, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    IS THERE ANY PROBLEM FOR APPLY ING THE PASS PORT BECAUSE OF FATHER’S NAME MISS MACH IN ID PROFFS AND MARKES LIST ? PLS REPLY AS SOON AS POOSIBLE.

    THANK U

  287. raj on February 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    my name was pappuraj sharma and nw i changed my name into Raj sharma. bt i didn’t changed my document name. i have passport on the name of Raj sharma.so i have dought tht in future there is any prblm in visa for any country? plzzzz help me.

  288. mustafa.sheik on February 19, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    Hi boss, i have a problem in my (10th & degree) certificate my name mentioned as MUSTAFA SHEIK , my fathers as KASIM SAHEB, in my father name initial(SHEIK) is missing in my certificates.But in my passport my FATHER name appearing as “SHEIK KASIM SAHEB”.For this year i am going to apply for H1B. Is it make any issues.(means mismatching in father name KASIM SAHEB & SHEIK KASIM SAHEB).my name is appering as per my certificates.

    • HSB Counselor on February 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Hi Mustafa,
      Well it should not be a problem as your father’s name in full appears in your passport. You can go ahead with your H1b visa interview.
      All the best!

      • mustafa.sheik on February 20, 2013 at 1:32 AM

        thanks for your rply …

  289. aamir on February 18, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    Hi,
    My name in degree certificate in MOHD AAMIR KHAN, but in my passport, its MOHAMMAD AAMIR KHAN. ( MOHD is expanded in full). I have appeared for H1B interview and for form 221G, stating additional administrative processing required, though reason not told.
    Is it because of this MOHD in degree certificate in short form ?
    Please suggest the solution for the issue.
    Thanks

    • HSB Counselor on February 19, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Hi Aamir,
      You may have been asked to submit some additional documents for the administrative processing. Need not worry about the processing. You may get your passport after stamping soon.
      All the best!

    • Amir on February 28, 2013 at 3:28 AM

      Hi Aamir
      My case is same. Mohammad Amir in passport and Mohd Amir in degree etc. Have you faced any difficulty while applying for visa ? Please keep posted here about your status it would be helpful. Wishing you to get the visa soon.
      Amir

  290. arun on February 17, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Hey
    I have a small issue regarding my surname.
    In my passport, The details are as follows
    Surname : –
    Given Name: arun

    I finished my IELTS and then realised that Surname is very important to register for gre. I have decided to add surname in my passport , but now that i have written my ielts exam , will change in the in the passport create problem in my ielts report . what shall i do now ? i am in serious confusion and would need help from someone who is facing the same issue as mine.

  291. citrullinemia on February 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Hi Sakthi Ranjana,

    Did you write the gre test?Did you face any problem.I am also facing similar problem.I dont know what to do?

    Which country are you targeting for higher studies.Will it be aproblem for college admission also

  292. Sai on February 2, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Hello sir i want to apply for passport as i have a big trouble of surname is spell oneword mistake so by viewing above comments i am in unconscious . Actually in my certificates my surname is sreeram? and father surname is sreerama so in pancard also it is different how should i face this problem please suggest solution ago email or here itself.

  293. YR on January 28, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Hi ,
    I am currently in the US on a H4 with name as FNU,XXX YYY on my visa and I797 since my passport did not have a surname . Recently I got my passport updated here and now my new passport has my name as YYY , XXX . I am planning to apply for a H1B this year and wanted to know if the name has to be updated on the old I797 or it could be taken care when I apply for H1B.

    Regards
    YR

  294. Vinod on January 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Sir, my Full name is JUPUDI NAGA VENKATA SAI HARSHA VINOD.
    In all my certificates of School and college my name is shortened as J.N.V.S.H.VINOD…
    But in Voter ID and PAN Card it is my full name……..Now, is there any trouble in getting passport with my full name…….Should I Correct my school certificates?

    • HSB Counselor on January 28, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Hi Vinod, There shouldn’t be any problem in getting a passport in your full name. You can file your application with the name you wish to be there in your passport. You can produce your birth certificate and other documents with your full name on them.

  295. asas on January 26, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    my passport name is mohammad ashaduzzaman and my gre score report name is same.however,my certificate name is md.ashaduzzaman.
    would it cause any problem during application to universities and visa or i have to change my name in certificates.

  296. hari on January 20, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    hello sir,i have passed my 10th class in 2004.my father name printed mistake from 10th onwards to my b.tech.how to change my father name in all my certificates.plz reply me

  297. sakthi ranjana mohan on January 15, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Please help me! Im Sakthi Ranjana and i have a problem with my surname. My dad’s name was Dhavamani and i got my graduation certificate, driver’s license, bank account, everything except passport as SAKTHI RANJANA D. But when i applied for passport my dad changed his name to Mohan and he also got gazette approval for the change of his name. So my passport alone came as SAKTHI RANJANA MOHAN. Having this problem i excluded both of my surnames while applying for the GRE exam. I have scheduled my test on 31/01/2013. When i read about the accepted ID documents i came to know that my name in the application should exactly match with the name in the ID document. On the other case i will be prohibited from writing the examination. Please help me. I still have 16 days for my examination. Is it possible to change my name from SAKTHI RANJANA to SAKTHI RANJANA MOHAN. I actually tried to cancel my registration and then re-apply it but all the dates till March, 2013 are booked already. Please help me! I have to complete my GRE before February, 2013 as the application deadlines for preferred universities are on the threshold. Please help me! If i am not allowed to write the exam before February, then i cannot enter my Graduate studies this year. Please help me! Its my future! I prepared for GRE for 4 full months, spent days and nights practicing GRE topics. Please i am pleading you! Help me!

  298. Najwa Ahmed on January 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    hello life….my problem s the same… i have just the first name in all my educational degrees but my passport has my surname as well…i want to apply for MSC in abroad after 3 yrs will this create any problem…Btw did u face any problem??

  299. Najwa Ahmed on January 5, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Amandeep , i have the same problem too…Is that a big problem? if u have applied for some Ms degree etc…By now have u faced any problem???

  300. bharathi on December 27, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    plz help out with my problem…. i have my surname empty in my passport… given name is sri teejaswa bharathi…….. I wrote my gre and toefl withh the same name as in passport. But now while applying to universities i have a problem . They say that surname is compulsory… so i have given bharathi as my last name….but it does not match with the passport …..what to do now..???

  301. rohit on December 19, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Hi

    This post is regarding doubts of NO SURNAME in my passport.
    My situation is like this:

    My Passport:
    Last Name: blank
    First Name: ROHIT KUMAR

    My GRE/TOEFL:
    Last name: Kumar
    First Name: Rohit

    My universities where I had applied:
    Last name: Rohit Kumar
    First name: Rohit Kumar

    Its a big conundrum .
    Please suggest me what should I do in this case.

    1) Should I add my surname(XXX) in my passport.
    Eg. Surname: XXX
    First name: Rohit Kumar

    2) Bifurcate my name in passport
    eg Surname: Kumar
    First name: Rohit

    Please revert as I am in big problem now.
    Thanks in Advance.

  302. Rahman Mohammed on December 11, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    yes brother you can do that, bec mohammed is the family name or the surname, as per the Name Rule, First name is the person name may be kalam or any thing, but the family name comes last, as per naming rule , your name should be Kalam Mohammed or Kalma Md

  303. teja on December 3, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    hie..my name in passport and gre score card is same i.e venkata siva teja jeedigunta
    but for teofl my dad has registered it as teja jeedigunta.will it be a problem during admits. i havn;t send my packets yet.so is it better to send my toefl scroe card along woith the documents?

  304. jithin on December 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Hey My name in all the certificate is CXXXX Jithin JXXXXXX.

    JXXXX being my fathers name and CXXXXX my middle name and Jithin my actual name
    .
    School messed it up and made CXXXX as my surname in all certificates.

    Now I want to apply for passport .What should I use and put in Given name and in Surname .Please help I don’t want any problems in future plus i don’t care which one is taken as surname .

  305. VIVEK on November 27, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    Hey
    I have a small issue regarding my surname.
    In my passport, The details are as follows
    Surname :-
    Given Name: Vxxx Axxxx Nxxxxx

    I finished my IELTS and then realised that Surname is very important and hence Added Surname NXXXXX in my passport

    But in my IELTS TRF, The surname column is blank and it is included with the given name
    Will this create a problem while applying and during visa?

  306. Rahul on November 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Hi,

    Good work by HSB in clearing the doubts of prospective students regarding given name & surname. But isn’t all this advice specific to the US system of immigration, SSN, driving license etc. How about other countries like UK, Canada, Germany, Australia ? Do they follow the same system of shoving everything on the passport into surname ? Please explain this aspect as there are many who are also interested in countries other than the USA .

  307. Aditya on November 17, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    HI, I gave GRE last october , The ETS registered name is “Aditya Akula” , the nem in the passport is “Sridutta Aditya Akula” (akula being surname). Will this be a problem now that am applying to colleges.

    Eagrly awaiting your reply .
    Thanks !!

  308. Sakthi on November 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    hi HSB sir,

    I have my name as Sakthi P S in my school certificates,pan card,community certificate,ration card and in my college marksheets it was entered as Sakthi PS is there any prob in applying passport.Kindly help me sir. Thank u sir

  309. deepak on November 1, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    hi my name according to 10th,inter,btech certificates is Botuka Deepak.But in my pg i enrolled as Deepak Botuka. Is der any problem or all the educational certificates have the same name?

  310. masood ahmed on November 1, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    my name is Masood Ahmed in all my documents. In the passport the Given name is Masood Ahmed and the surname section is blank. In GRE score card my name Masood Ahmed and in TOEFL score card my name is Ahmed,Masood. what do you suggest me to do? should i change my name in passport as given name Masood and surname as Ahmed?.

  311. abu safyan on September 9, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    my name is abu safyan in passport but in document my name is abusafyan.. there is no space btween first and surname so is there will be a problem in visa approval or admission in foriegn universities??

  312. sirisha on September 9, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    my name is sirisha sannayala. i hav completed my ssc in 2004 . in the certifates of 10th and inter my surname is written wrong by our school staff like this sirisha sanaayala only one letter . is there any problem in getting the passport. any possibility to change my surname in the certificates and how much money is needed to change it.plz mail me as soon as possible

  313. Dinesh on September 5, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    i have used Kumar as middle name in my passport application.

    Dinesh Kumar marwaha

    all my Educational certificates have name: Dinesh marwaha(midlle name not included)

    and voter card have : Dinesh Kumar

    any problem for me ?????

  314. Lakshman Chowdary on August 27, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Hi HSB,
    In all my Education certificates and Pan Card my name was printed as Parvathaneni L Chowdary..
    but., in rest of all certificates like passport, licence,Ration Card,Election Card my name is Parvathaneni Lakshman Chowdary…
    der will be any problem at the tinme of visa…
    Can u please respond to this ???

  315. Ramini Suman on August 20, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    In all my B.tech certificates my name was printed as R suman..
    but., in rest of all certificates like 10th, 10+2, passport, licence my name is Ramini Suman…
    der will be any problem at the tinme of visa…
    Can u please respond to this ???

  316. vivek on August 15, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    sir i have registered in gre as vivek dxxxaxxx but in my passport my name is vivek
    dxxx axxx.this space will affect in writing gre exam sir please give me suggestion

  317. raju on August 14, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    One more thing.. in my Pan Card .. my name is printed as :

    VADDI JITENDRA DEO BALARAM RAJU

  318. raju on August 14, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    Hi Sir,

    In all my Academic Educational Certificates from 10th standard to Post Graduation my name is printed as : J D BALARAM RAJU VADDI
    in the above Vaddi is my sur name.

    In My Passport my name printed as : surname: VADDI
    given Name: JITENDRA DEO BALARAM RAJU

    whether this will create any problem If I’m applying for any work permit/business Visa or any other GRE etc.?

  319. Shania on August 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Hi Sir,
    My problem is that in class X and XII i had submitted my father name to be Monish instead of Manish. I didn’t think it was a problem then as in bengali Manish is pronounced as Monish. My passport and pan card has the name as Manish. Will this prove to be a problem? If yes what step shall I take? I am a final year engg student. Kindly help.

  320. vicky on August 7, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    hallo,actually my surname in my passport is gopalakrishnan and my name in my passport is vicky. But in my 10th (igcse) certificates its vicky gopal.now am applying for uk student visa,so will the difference in surname become a problem for me??

  321. vicky on August 7, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    hallo , actually my surname in ma passport is gopalakrishnan and my name is vicky
    but in my 10th igcse certificates it is as vicky gopal .Now am applying for uk student visa will this create a problem for me??

  322. Manisha on August 7, 2012 at 6:13 AM

    My name is “Manisha Kumari” in all documents and i never used any surname ever. But can i use my father’s surname (his legal name is Sukhpal Singh )while applying for passport entering my name as “Manisha Kumari” in First and middle name while “Singh” in surname

  323. srikanth on August 5, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    sir,
    my name is naramsetty.srikanth,but in my birth certificate it is printed as Naramsetti.srikanth instead of Naramsetty.Srikanth..will it be a problem in issueing passport,please could you mail me sir about this problem,please sir,please…please

  324. niharika on July 31, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    hi my certificates have my father name with SANKAR and in my passport it has been given as SANKARA do i need to change the name?? will there be any problem??do i need to reissue the passport or can i directly go and change.I am planning to us in aug and giving my gre in oct will there be any problem pls suggest me.

    • niharika on August 7, 2012 at 10:56 PM

      pls reply to my comment..

      • Shaina on August 12, 2012 at 7:43 AM

        Hi i have a similar problem.. do drop a reply here in case you come to know if it is a problem or not..

  325. Ganesh on July 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Please Help me… My name as in Passport Ganesh KXXXX HXXXX (First_name Middle-name Last_name).. But while registering for GRE it asks for given name without space,it will not allow me for space between my first and middle_name. Now I have to register for GRE with Given name as Ganesh-KXXX or GaneshKXXXX. Please reply ASAP. Its Urgent!

    Note:It will only allow to add hyphen between name.

  326. nagesh on July 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    hi,
    according to my passport
    given name is: nagesh
    surname : dali venugopal
    in my gre form while filling i gave my
    first name: nagesh
    middle name : d
    last name : venugopal

    and my gre confirmation letter shows as : nagesh venugopal

    is it okay or i should change it

  327. prakash on July 8, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    I having my name as [email protected] in my documents….but while applying for passport they ask to keep any 1 name…..there will be any prob if i leep any one name….kindly suggest

  328. PRAMITHA on July 5, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    hi,
    I have my name as PRAMITHA R in all my educational certificates and birth certificate. But in election card as PRAMITHA RAYABANDI. Will there be any problem while applying for passport?? What should I fill in place of firt name and surname in passport application.Please give reply as soon as possible.

  329. Aswin S on July 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Hi,
    I have reistered with the surname “Saiganesh” whereas in my passport, the surname is “Sai Ganesh”. Please reckon what will be the issue and the solutions too.

  330. miraz on July 3, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    sir, my name is Md Mahrajul islam …so is there any problem about md……i have heard that it makes a problem to get visa……..do i need to use mohammad instead of md ……plz answer

    • anwar on September 6, 2012 at 4:01 AM

      do u got the answer for your answer ..if so let me know ….my prob is also same

  331. MUSTAFA on July 2, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    my name is MUSTAFA but in my passport it printed as MASTAFA.how to correct it plz.reply

  332. sahith on June 30, 2012 at 5:55 AM

    my father name is sxxxx rao but in all my memos(from 10th to b.tech memo) my father name is sxxx .is it a problem for appling passport..???
    please reply me as early as possible

  333. sahith on June 30, 2012 at 5:52 AM

    my father name is sxxxx rao but in my 10th memo my father name is sxxx .is it a problem for appling passport..???
    please reply me as early as possible

  334. shashank SVRSN on June 29, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Sir,

    My name (from passport) is too long to fit in the GRE registration form(online).

    Kindly let me know if I can use name from any other documents other than passport.

    I don’t have any issues with my surname and it is separate.

    Please help me

  335. alonso on June 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Sir,
    In my passport I have my first name as Axxxx Bxxx Cxxx Dxxx Exxx XYZ and Surname as Gxxxxxx.In my other certificates it is written as A .B .C .D .E .XYZ . G where I am called by XYZ.When I register my name for GRE account,I couldn’t enter it completely as it is like that in my passport as it exceeds no. of characters. I need to book the date very urgently.Please help me solve this issue.

  336. tennyson on June 21, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    sir I have got my I-20 in which my name is given as first name -Texxx middle- sayyy and surname or last name -Jozz
    my passport has in the colum name texxx sayyy jozz
    surname – –

    will this have a problem when i go for visa

  337. vishnu on June 21, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Hello sir,
    my problem is i have my name in the passport like
    Given name: Vishnuvardhan xxxxx
    SurnameLast name: yyyyy
    but i have registered in GRE like
    Given name: vishnuvardhan
    Middle name: EMPTY
    Surname: yyyyy
    i did not fill given name as it is in my passport ……..so does it make any problem in future……………..plzzzzz help sir,,,,,,,, i am really confused……

    • Nikihl on July 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      Hey,

      I did the same thing exactly. Did you get any info?

      • Aditya on November 17, 2012 at 11:14 PM

        hey i have the same problem ..did any of u get a reply …

  338. Dewendra Adhikari on June 13, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Hi,

    I have only first name in my all documents including educational documents, Passport, PAN Card.

    Is there any problem in getting US Visa without last name in passport.
    If yes, what I have to do.

    Thanks,
    Dewendra Adhikari

    • HSB on June 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      You can get USA visa, but you could run into problem without having surname. suggestion – Get your surname added in the passport before going for visa.

      • RAJ on June 13, 2012 at 10:34 PM

        Sir my name 10th marks is ummala Raja sekar reddy..but in DATE OF BIRTH , intermediate and degree it is ummala Rajasekarreddy that is with out spaces..now i want to apply for pass port …..will it be a problem for passport and visa…..

      • Dewendra Adhikari on June 14, 2012 at 3:01 AM

        Hi,

        Do I need to add last name in passport only or in all educational documents also for getting US Visa.

        • ANU on June 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

          Surname can be added in passport, I don’t think changing names in educational documents is possible? Would this also cause any TROUBLE? Please let me know how to take care of the potential issues in such a case.

  339. Arshad on June 10, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Sir,
    My name is only Arshad. My passport write it in the sure name space while my first/given name is left blank. Now I am applying for UK visa, please help me whether I should change it or I can get visa on this passport.

  340. Raj on June 5, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    Sir my name 10th marks is ummala Raja sekar reddy..but in intermediate and degree it is ummala Rajasekarreddy that is with out spaces..will it create problem…in future…plz reply me..plz..

  341. Sharat on May 28, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Hi

    My name in school certificate and passport is Sharat Chandra. My graduation certificate was supposedly written by a Tamilian who misspelt it as Sharad Chandra (d instead of t). Basing on that, even my postgradaution certificate also has d. Will my visa application be denied based on this? Thanks.

  342. Preethi on May 26, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    Hi HSB,

    In passport, given name is ‘Preethi’ and surname is blank. While registering for GRE exam (online), I was not sure of what need to be filled in last name and bought the issue to ETS notice. They have advised me (through email) to indicate the name listed under First/Given Name from my primary identification (i.e. passport) in both the First and Last Name fields while completing GRE registration. I followed the same and I received score card with name ‘Preethi Preethi’.

    I would like to know if that creates any problem while seeking admissions for MS. I have just followed what ETS advised and I hope it is acceptable.

    Secondly, Today I found out how life would be tough in US without surname. Now i would like to go ahead and change the name in passport to ‘Preethi XXXX’. But I think after re issuing new passport and cancelling the old one, we can still keep the old and new passports intact and carry both as a proof. I would like to know if I’m wrong.

    If that’s true, then can I apply to university with the same score card (name – ‘Preethi Preethi’ ) as the name on old passport is ‘Preethi’. Or do I have to retake test with the new name? I feel it is not required when I’m allowed to carry old passport as proof. Please let me know if I’m wrong and do let me know the process they follow.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Preethi

  343. Sohail on May 25, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Hi

    I have a query with my name in the passport

    My name in all my certificates till date is ‘Mohammed Sohail Ahmed’. I had applied ‘Mohammed’ as my surname and ‘Sohail Ahmed’ as my first name for Passport. However the given particulars in my passport are:
    Surname: Sohail Ahmed
    Given Name : Mohammed

    Please help me answer these questions :

    1. Will this be a problem for me in future, I am planning to write GRE/TOEFL. What should I fill in the application form for GRE/TOEFL
    2. Now according to my passport, my surname has two words ‘Sohail Ahmed’. Will that also pose any problem, Is it acceptable to have two words in a surname ?
    3. Later in future, when I would call my parents on dependent visa, Is it necessary that my fathers surname and my surname should be the same. Because, in that case my fathers surname would be ‘Mohammed’ and mine is given as ‘Sohail Ahmed’. Will this be any problem

    Kindly help me with these queries. I really appreciate the support

    Many Thanks !!

  344. natalie on May 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    hi i am applying for my first adult passport but am having trouble! my mother used her ex partners name on my birth certificate (not my fathers) which is the name she used but her last name is different on her birth certificate!! she is now married to my step dad and goes by his last name on her passport .. the passport office need evidence of my mothers name change from my birth certificate to her passport which she doesn’t have so they said i had to go to the solicitor to write a letter to confirm this i was just wondering if any one knew how much this would cost or had knew any other ay i could go about it
    hope u understand what im trying to ask thanks x

  345. DBSS BALAJI on May 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    HELLO

    MY NAME IN PASSPORT IS BHASKARA SATYA SANAKAR BALAJI
    SURNAME IS DEVARAPALLI

    BUT IN MY CERTIFICATES

    MY NAME IS IN SHORT CUT THAT IS BSS BALAJI DEVARAPALLI

    I HAVE APPLIED FOR IELTS RECENTLY AS PER PASSPORT BUT AFTER GOING TO ABROAD DOES ANY PROBLEM ARAISES? IF SO WHAT TO DO FOR THIS ISSUE? CAN I WRITE IN MY PASSPORT THAT I CAN BE CALLED AS BSS BALAJI DEVARAPALLI ALSO OR ANY SUGGESTION?

    THANKS

  346. Raj Sekhar on May 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    hi , my name is Raj Sekhar. In my graduate certificate my name is written as Rajsekhar and in my passport it is Raj Sekhar, the space is missing in my certificate. so will that be a problem for my visa approval.

    • Sankar on June 5, 2012 at 5:36 AM

      I also have same problem like u..if u found solution email me plz..

  347. venkat on May 2, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    Hi,

    My name as per passport is “venkata samba siva vara prasada rao” surname: “pasupuleti”
    In all my education certificates it is “P V S S V PRASADA RAO”
    While registering for GRE it is not allowing all cahraters in my given name as it allows limited number of characters. How should i proceed?
    Will i face any problems with these name conflicts?
    If i change my name legally and get a new passport with a smaller name (venkat pasupuleti) will it be ok?

  348. Anju on May 1, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    Hi, i face this problem durig H4 visa interview:

    In my passport my husbands name is Satish jakhar but in all his documents and even is passport his name is satish Kumar.I showed them the marrige cerificate wher it is mentioned that Satish Kumar s/o Ramphal Jakhar, but they kept me on hold for 5 days and also keep my passport .
    can anybody please tell me that my visa got approved or rejects. plz ans…

  349. meena parmar on April 26, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Hi myself meena frm india.i apply for greencard in usa through f2a category.In my birth certificates and schooling certificate my name is meenaben .and in marrige certi n passport is meena only..so plz help to correct it.how to correct? What is the procedure?

  350. divyajyoti jain on April 25, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    hi sir
    I am Divyajyoti Jain . I am interested in pursuing higher education in US.
    I wrote a paper with the help of my teacher which is to be published soon. But because of some mistake they wrote” Divyajoti Jain” ( y is missing) wrongly spelt.. I contacted them to edit the name but its not possible now. what do i do now? can i take a letter from the same teacher mentioning that i am the same person or the universities will overlook the mistake? Plz help me out as research interest shown will be of great help in my acceptance . Thanks in advance..

    divya

  351. paras on April 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    My fathers nane in birth certificare is ramesh kumar and also in election card. But in my 10th certificate it is ramesh luthra..what shud i do now to get tatkaal passport..is it s problem ?

  352. karthik koganti on April 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Hi,

    I had a problem with my name in passport. My actual name is koganti venkata satya karthik
    Surename: koganti
    first name: karthik
    Second/Middle name: venkata satya.

    But in mu passport name karthik is printed as ” kart hik”. As gap is added. So how can i change my name i.e work ” kart hik” as karthik.

    Please any one advice on this.

  353. Ramana on April 11, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Hi, My Name mentioned in all documents is C.S. Venkataramana (where the initial ‘C’ stands for ‘Chengalpet’ and ‘S’ stands for ‘Srikumar’. In my Passport, my name is printed as Venkataramana Srikumar.

    Initial ‘C’ or its abbreviation ‘Chengalpet’ is missing in my passport. Will there be a name problem if I apply for US visa. Please help me…

  354. PVRAO on April 4, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    In my TOEFIL marks sheet Gender came as F( Female ) instead of M( Male ).
    Is it going to affect me in any way in my VISA or admissions.

    If yes how to change, pl help me.
    regards & Thanks

    P.V.Rao

  355. PVRAO on April 4, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Dear Sir

    In my marks sheet of TOEFIL my Gender printed as F instead of M.
    In other GRE scores it is correctly printed as Male. Is it going to affect me in VISA or Admission
    in to colleges. If its likely to affect, how to change in TOEFIL Mark sheet. Pl advise.

    Regards & Advance thanks
    P.V.RAO

  356. Tashu on April 2, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Hi ,

    I am having my name in Certificates and all legal documents as ‘A’. I want to apply passport now, there I want to give my father’s surname ‘S’ as my surname .
    I have a Notary Affidavit which says , I am using both ‘A’ and ‘A S’ as my name.

    So can I apply passport using name ‘A s’ ??? Will it create any problem , as except that notary document , I do not have any other document s my change name proof ???

  357. saloni on March 29, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    hi ,

    In my passport my surname is Nahata but in my other documents it Nahta. so it will be create any problem.

  358. mah on March 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    hi,
    My employer is going to apply H1 visa for myself.My name is in my 10,12, my previous employer documents and passport is ABCD kumar XYZ while in my degree certificate is ABCD kuamr XYZ.
    will it create issue and if so please help me out what should i need to do to resolve this issue.

    Thanks,
    Mah

  359. Sujashree on March 27, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    Hello,

    I have a problem in making the passport of my son. Me & my husband does not use our surname & we want our son who is 5 yrs old to use his surname. Is it possible for us to make his passport with his name & Surname.

    Thanks

  360. Varish on March 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    HI,
    MISTAKE IN NAME AND PHOTO MISSING ON MY ADMIT CARD OF 10TH CLASS FROM UP BOARD AND I THINK THAT PHOTO WILL BE MISSING ON MY MARKS SHEET AND SANAD 2012 BUT I WANT TO FIX THIS PROBLEM……….. HOW I CAN FIX THIS PROBLEMS SAYS TO ME SOON

    THANK YOU

  361. Sandeep Harikantra on March 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Hello

    I have problem please help.

    In my passport my surname is =harikantra and given name is=Sandeep Devaray but my degree cetificate is Sandeep Devaraya harikantra , now i am applying for UK visa . it will make any problem or my visa will be rejected.

    Please reply.

  362. chitra on March 7, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    sir i have one query.

    i was complete my 12.an i was completed my ug in tamilnadu open university..nw iam going to do my m.b.a…shall i apply passport…please ,mention the documents need…

  363. Deepti Shah on February 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    sir, my problem is in my date of birth certificate my Dad’s name is Anil Shah and in my 12 class mark sheet which am giving as proof , my Dad’s name is Anil N Shah, do u this this will create problems, if so how can i change his name in DOB certificate, am really tensed please help me how to go about it, if can i give affidavit what shall be written to prove my father’s name the same…

  364. venkat on January 2, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    My Name is : Venkata Samba Siva Vara Prasada Rao
    and my Sir Name is : Pasupuleti

    But in passport it came as

    SirName : Pasupuleti Venkata
    Name as : Samba Siva Vara Prasada Rao

    will it be a problem, i am planning to write GRE
    can someone pls respond

  365. Gunasekaran.T on December 29, 2011 at 7:19 AM

    HI SIR,
    MY NAME IS T.GUNASEKARAN and my father name is M.THIRUMALAI..but in my passport they asked like this.

    Applicant’s Given Name (Given Name means First Name followed by middle Name (if any)) *:

    Surname:
    HOW can i write in this two

  366. Sandeep reddy on December 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    sir i m waiting for ur immediate response……so just asking the Q.
    sir my name is TANGELLA SANDEEP REDDY on 10th and B.Tech certificates…..and on 12th certificate it is ….TANRELLA SANDEEP REDDY
    where
    TANGELLA is my surname
    SANDEEP REDDY is my name

    sir i haven’t yet applied for PASSPORT…..but now want to apply as soon as possible……..now what shall I do? please reply quickly

  367. saumya m on December 26, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    HOW TO REGISTER IN GRE.
    MY NAME IS SAUMYA M. I FOUND THAT FOR THE REGISTERATION OF GRE SURNAME IS IMPORTANT. IN ALL MY PRIMARY DOCUMENT MY NAME IS RECORDED AS SAUMYA M. BUT, IN MY DRIVING LICENCE AND PASSPORT IT IS SAUMYA MURALEEDHARAN . NOW, AM BIT CONFUSED , AND I DONT KNOW WHICH NAME TO PUT FOR MY GRE REGISTERATION . AND IF I DID REGISTERATION WITH MY FULL NAME i.e Saumya Muraleedharan , SHOULD GET AN AFFIDAVIT FROM THE NEAREST HIGHCOURT STATING THAT THE ”M” IN MY NAME STANDS FOR MURALEEDHARAN????

  368. Shivakumar on December 24, 2011 at 7:21 AM

    Hi HSB

    In my passport my Last name is blank so my company is proecessing work permit visa for australia .can you please let me know what are the problems i may face in australia coutry if last name is missed.

    thanks for your reply

    Shivakumar

  369. SUVEC on December 22, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    sir, my name is SUVEC.A.S.A..
    NAME–>SUVEC
    INITIAL-> A.S.A WHICH IS ABBREVIATION OF
    A- ALAGARSAMY
    S-SETHURAMAN
    A-ALAGU
    how should i fill in my passport application???????
    is it like this
    name- SUVEC
    surname- ALAGARSAMY SETHURAMAN ALAGU

  370. Vignesh on December 21, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    I applied for my passport recently, all my identity proof contains my name correctly but the prob is that my father’s name is misspelled in my passport. what should i do?
    guide me Plz.

  371. Sanu on December 16, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Hi HSB,
    Spelling mistake
    In my Passport my surname is misspelled to DEWANGAN but all my other documents (Transcripts, degree, PAN, GRE, TOEFL etc ) with spelling DEVANGAN

    V has become W in passport.
    Please let me know what kind of the problem I may face. ?
    What should I do to avoid the problem ?

    Thanks
    Sanu

    • Sanu on December 16, 2011 at 9:29 PM

      Please reply as it is urgent.
      Which surname I should use while applying for Phd.
      My passport surname Dewangan or
      All other document Devangan

      Anyone please????

  372. XYZ on December 15, 2011 at 1:51 AM

    I do have a indian passport my surname on the birth certificate is Barros Gonsalves but i dont know how they messaed it up on my passport they wrote it as Gonsalves barros ive already travelled the US and the uk with this passport but now i do want to get portuguese passport so what do i need tto do as i hve like 3 us visas and a uk visa on it please help me
    Hoping for a quick response

  373. Arun on December 12, 2011 at 3:47 AM

    Hi,

    I have a query..I have taken the toefl exam..while registering my surname was misspelt as ramalingim
    instead of ramalingom….i informed this at the test center before taking the test…they said that they had raised a request for the name correction…i was asked to call and confirm my idendity to get the correction done. But when i called the toefl center,they said that i could not change the name and that i had to send them a xerox of passport and a cover letter to get the correction done for future…my question is that is there any way to get the name changed in the current score card i get??!! will this affect my chances of getting into universities???!! please reply

  374. Chiranjivi Murala on December 11, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Hello Sir,
    My name is Chiranjivi Murala, Here Chiranjivi is my First name and Murala is my Family Name of my Mother side.

    Now i would like to use Father side family name for my kids which is Korkela.

    Is it ok if any of the name not matches b/w father and child.

    My Name: Chiranjivi Murala
    Child name: Korkela XXXXX.?

    Please suggest

  375. K.S.KARUNAKARAN on December 11, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    I have a problem. My name was mentioned as KARUNAHARAN in my passport. Except my M.Tech degree certificate in all other certificates the spelling was mentioned as the same. How ever in M.Tech certificate it was mentioned as KARUNAKARAN.

    Now I got a job with a Saudi company and my visa is getting ready. I want to know whether this spelling will make an issue/.

  376. pardeep on December 10, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    sir ihave problum with my birth certificate in my bith certificate adress is changed then my present residence certificate what i will do
    ?

  377. Problem!! Please Help.. on December 8, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Hi,

    I have a serious problem..My name is XYZ. My first name has 2 parts. In my passport, I only have a first name which is XY, and no last name. This is also the name on all my degree certificates.

    Now, when i registered for GRE i gave my name as First name: XY and Last name: Z.
    But this last name which is Z, is not on my passport or on any certificate.
    However, they let me write the exam and I gave it.

    Now, I am concerned about what I must do… As per what I have heard, last name is important, which is not there on my passport or certificates. So, if I change the name on the passport it wont match with my other documents.

    If I don’t change, I will not have a last name on the passport.
    I am now thinking of retaking the exam, giving my First name as X, Middle Name as Y and Last Name as Z and also getting a new passport with the same. The only thing then would be that on all my degree certificates I will be only having My First and Middle Name without the Last name.
    Will that make things okay?
    It’s URGENNTTT !! Pleeaasseee HELP!!
    Thanks

  378. perplexed on December 8, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    I have a problem…My name in the passport and and all my degree certificates is XY, i.e, first name and middle name…But on the registration I gave it as XYZ. first name, middle name and last name..However, I gave my GRE exam. But now, I am considering giving it again with the name as XY, since this could be a problem in applying to universities. I cant change the name in my passport because thats the name on all my degree certificates..Do you think it’s the right thing to do?Please help!!

  379. perplexed on December 8, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    I have a problem…My name in the passport and and all my degree certificates is XY, i.e, first name and middle name…But on the registration I gave it as XYZ. first name, middle name and last name..However, I gave my GRE exam. But now, I am considering giving it again with the name as XY, since this could be a problem in applying to universities. I cant change the name in my passport because thats the name on all my degree certificates..Do you think it’s the right thing to do?

  380. Perplexed on December 8, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    I have a problem…My name in the passport and and all my degree certificates is XY, i.e, first name and middle name…But on the registration I gave it as XYZ. I gave my GRE exam. But now I am considering giving it again with the name as XY. Do you think it’s the right thing to do?

  381. Narayana on December 8, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    hi hsb,
    my name in the marksheets are 10th certificates are NARAYANA REDDY N J
    and in passport i got it as
    given name:JAYA PRAKASH NARAYANA REDDY
    surname: NALLMEKALA
    will it become a problem in universites as i got gre score as the name in passport
    pls reply

  382. priya on December 7, 2011 at 3:07 AM

    Hi,
    I dont have a surname in my passport. How should i fill the application forms ? What should i write in the family/surname? Should i enter a dot (.) or repeat my first name there?

  383. celia chia on December 4, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Hi. I have a major problem. I have used 5 different surnames in my certificates.The name in my high school certificate is different from that in my birth certificate and they are both different from the name I’m using now.Although I’ve done an affidavit and have put it in the news paper, my fear is will this affect me later in life? I’m in my final year in the university now I’m really worried.

  384. Sapna Jain on December 2, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Hi…Pls help me urgently…My Name on all certificates is Sapna R Jain ….Where Sapna is my name , r stands for Rajesh Kumar which is my Dad’s Name and Jain is my Surname.But in Passport , Given Name : Swathi and Surname : Rajesh Kumar Jain… My Father name(middle name ) is mentioned in the surname instead of Given Name…Will this create a Problem as i am applying for Australian Spouse Visa

  385. ghassan jason mouchaileh on December 2, 2011 at 4:36 AM

    Hey, my names Ghassan jason mouchaileh. Im currently doing a security course and just wanted to clarify that if i dont have my second given name jason on the certificate will i still be able to apply for a licence even though all my identiy documents (passport,birth certificate) have jason and the form applications have jason as being filled as my second given name? It would be gratefull if you can get back to me on this.thankyou

  386. navjot singh on December 2, 2011 at 3:30 AM

    hi HSB,
    my name is Navjot Singh
    on the passport my given name is Navjot Singh
    and there is no surname on the passport
    on every educational certificate,DL……..my name is same as passport name Navjot Singh
    i am going to apply in some canadian universities…….will there be any problem without
    surname????
    waiting for ur reply…
    thanks…….

    • bhum on April 29, 2012 at 7:42 AM

      Hey.. did u get any solution for this?/ even i’m facing the same problem..
      Planning for a name change i.e. putting last name as ‘singh’ but then also people say tht we cannot put ‘singh’ as last name.???

      thnks in advance!!!

  387. Rajasekhar on November 28, 2011 at 3:56 AM

    Hi HSB,
    I am rajasekhar. I have an issue in applying for a passport as my surname was mis-spelt in Birthe Certificate:

    BIRTH CERTIFICATE : VADREVU VENKATA RAJA SEKHAR
    Other Certiticates : VADREU VENKATA RAJA SEKHAR

    So, kindly suggest me hoe to change the surname in birth certificate

  388. daxesh fadia on November 28, 2011 at 3:11 AM

    Have problems. My birth certificate place name is bhavanagar. and my leving certificate place name is ahmedabad.write now what i am doing now. passport document birth certificate copalsary to join. or not pl give me reply soon.

    thanking you,
    daxesh fadia.

  389. praveen kumar m on November 26, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Sir my name is praveen kumar m
    how to fill my Given name and Sirname
    Plese help me in ma puc my name is praveen kumar m
    Fathers name is Mohan
    Should i fill :
    Given name: praveen kumar
    Sirname: Mohan

  390. mayank on November 23, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    sir i m waiting for ur immediate response……so just asking the Q.
    sir my name is Chand Mayank Prakash on 10th and 12th certificates…..and on Driving licence it is Mayank Chand….
    where
    Chand is my surname
    Mayank is my name
    Prakash is my father’s name

    sir i haven’t yet applied for PASSPORT…..but now want to apply as soon as possible……..

    so my Q. is dat ——>>>>can i declare name:- Mayank and surname:- Chand on my passport….and no Prakash declaration on PASSPORT?????

  391. rakesh on November 23, 2011 at 6:06 AM

    sir,
    i am persuing b.tech.
    in all my certificates my name was mentioned as t.rakesh.
    i heard that it is mandatory to add full name in passport. i want to go for higher studies.
    so when i apply for passport does it create any problem.
    or i have to add full name in my certificates.
    please give me a solution

  392. Prashant on November 11, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    Hi HSB!

    My name in Passport and all other documents is as Nittoor Prashant Rao
    But while registering for GRE I filled it the form as Prashant Nittoor.
    I have already given my GRE and have already received my scores.
    Will this be a potential problem??

    Thanks.

  393. Ashok on November 10, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    Dear HSB,

    The order of my name on Leaving Certificate (Last Name + First Name + Middle Name) is different from that on Matriculation & Other Certificates (First Name + Middle Name + Last Name).

    Will it cause me any problem while seeking admission in US?
    If Yes, What is the solution over this??

    Thanks,

    Ashok

  394. rakesh on October 25, 2011 at 3:50 AM

    hi, my name is naraharisetti rakesh.In 10th it is as naraharisetty rakesh and in remaining inter ,btech as naraharisetti rakesh .does it create any problem for passport

  395. Mohammed Kalam on October 24, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    My Name in Passport:
    Given Name: Mohammed
    Surname: Kalam
    But in all certificates, my name is written as Md Kalam (First name Mohammed is written initially as Md with full surname)
    Is it a problem for me? What do you suggest – Should I change my name in passport to Kalam Mohammed (First Name is Kalam and Surname is Mohammed)?

  396. Sai on October 21, 2011 at 3:19 AM

    Hi,
    My name is sai omkar sharma. In all my documents my name is sai omkar only, I never used sharma. Even in my passport my name is sai omkar with no surname. Thats sure that i need to have surname. But which option will be Good.
    1. If i use omkar as my surneme…?
    2. Or i need to use sharma. But in my all documents i never used sharma.

    Pls suggest i will be very thankful to you. Thanks in advance.

    -Sai

  397. Rosalyn on October 20, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Hello!

    I was born in the Philippines and came to America when I was 2 years old. I receive U.S Citizenship through my mother.I am now 25 years old.
    I am trying to get a U.S passport and my birth certificate has a different last name from what I have in America

    i.e )
    Name used in America:
    First : Rosalyn
    Middle: T*****
    Last: Gi***

    On my birth certificate in the Philippines:
    First: Rosalyn
    Middle: Gi***
    Last: L*****

    My mother and I are not on good terms, and had no idea about the issue with my citizenship til I recently was offered a job working for the government..so asking her for any advise is completely out of the question..

    What should I do at this point?
    I’m sorry if my question is irrelevant to your website…

  398. bhupendra on October 19, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Dear HSB,
    Thanks so much for a wonderful article. Requesting you to reply of my query.
    My marksheet has my name indicated as (first name) bhupendra (last name) xxxxxx but in my passport my name is indicated as (given name) bhupendra singh (last name) xxxxxx. Will it be problem when i would apply for visa?

  399. Sajish on October 17, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    My daughters passport has her mothers name as Nisha Sallath while my wifes passport her name is Nisha Kumari Sallath. Kumari is her middle name. While requesting the birth certificate for my child the hospital authorities did not give the middle name ‘Kumari’ and so in my childs birth certificate her mothers name is only Nisha Sallath without the Kumari. Because of this the childs passport her mothers name is Nisha Sallath instead of Nisha Kumari Sallath. Iam planning to bring my child and wife to US. Wife has already been in US and child is comming for the first time. Please let me know if u can let me knwo if that is an issue and if so what to do ?

  400. seerat on October 17, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    HI
    My name is Seerat (on all marksheets including my pan card, passport, DL and otherdocuments too).
    Do i need to include my surname if planning for abroad travels.??Is no surname a TROUBLE??
    Plz help me and guide me what should i do??

  401. Rajani on October 16, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Hello HSB,

    Thank you for giving information about these details. You have given information on surname mismatch on GRE and TOEFL and passport etc.. Could you also please give some information on the surname mismatch on Passport and I-20? When I came to the US, i didnt get the name on my passport changed (last name) so it reads, Ra**** Ki*** Med***, but when applying for a drivers license in the US (on H4 Visa) we had to get married here again, and now the name reads Raj*** K Mud*****. So, the name on the drivers license stayed and i used the same on my college application.
    Any idea what I need to do now that I am applying for a status change from H4 to F1?

  402. tintukmathew on October 15, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    dear sir,i am having a problem for applying my netherland visa that my name in birth certificate is abcd K abcdand my passport is with the abbrevation of k.is this having any problem?

  403. amandeep on October 14, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Hello HSB,
    My problem is that my name(amandeep godara
    ) on the passport includes my surname but all my certificates and degrees have only my initial name (amandeep)on them.is that a problem??will it create a problem??or its fine..

  404. Saivivek Valluru on October 13, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Hi HSB,

    My name is Saivivek Ramkrishna Mohanrao Valluru.

    In SSC
    Surname: Valluru
    Name : Saivivek Ramkrishna Mohanrao

    In HSC
    Surname: Valluru
    Name : Saivivek Ramkrishna Mohanrao

    In Passport
    Surname: Valluru
    Name : Saivivek Ramkrishna Mohanrao

    SSC, HSC and passport has same name but in degree mom’s name has been added.

    But in Degree
    Surname: Valluru
    Name : Saivivek Mohanrao
    and added Mom’s name Sunanda.

    Is this a problem….bcoz as per Mumbai University they do add Mom’s name and its common with all students.

  405. Raja on October 4, 2011 at 3:04 AM

    Sir iam in class 12,sir my name is B RAJA SATYA NANDA but it written as B RAJA SATYANANDA in my class 10 and 12 marksheet how it will create issue during collage admision and applying for passport

  406. kalyan on October 3, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    hello sir! my problem is that.. my name in all my educational certificates is as MADDILA K CHAKRAVARTHY.
    now,while applying to passport ,i heard that they are asking to write full name..
    so, is it better to stretch my first name k as kalyan..? i mean can i write my name in passport as KALYAN CHAKRAVARTHY surname:MADDILA
    plz help me..give me a sol. for this as early as posible..as i have to submit my passport appl. tommorow…

  407. Meghana GA on September 28, 2011 at 3:05 AM

    Hi HSB,

    Wonderful Wonderful work you are doing here ! Thanks for posting this article.

    I have a doubt. PLEASE PLEASE clartify this at the earliest.

    Certificates:
    First name; Meghana
    Last name: GA

    GRE and TOEFL:
    First name: Meghana
    Last Name: GA

    Passport:
    Given name: Govindarao Appurao Meghana
    Surname:

    Now, I got that I have to get my name changed on the passport to :
    Given name: Meghana
    Surname: Govindarao Appurao

    Giving initials “GA” as surname on my passport will not do.

    My doubt is, should I regive my GRE and Toefl in the name of “Meghana Govindarao Appurao” ? I got around 1400 in the NEW GRE.
    What about my certificates? All my markssheets say that my name is”Meghana GA”

    Please Please Reply at the earliest.

  408. Shubhangg on September 24, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    Hello HSB,

    Thank you for the article. It throws light on various possibilities.
    In my case, the spellings of my name and surname are different in my passport and academic marksheets.
    I have taken GRE and TOEFL and am in the process of application.
    Will this be a problem at the universities end.
    Passport: Shubhangg Tripaathi
    Marksheets: Shubhang Tripathi

    Thanks.

    • Abraham on September 26, 2011 at 10:39 AM

      It will not be a problem but u will have to start using the name mentioned in the passport so, my suggestion is correct it… to be on the safer side

  409. Vrnsabhishek on September 6, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Hi sir,
         My name is Abhishek in all certificates ,those are ssc,inter and engineering also. so my names continuous in all my education without surname… 

    so my question is am planning to go abroad for further studies.. is there any problematic for passport without surname?

    i didnt written GRE,TOEFL,..etc Yet. My actual name is VXXXXX Abhishek… Is it possible to include my surname in passport.

    • Abraham on September 26, 2011 at 10:42 AM

      yes it is possible

  410. Vermasand on September 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    my full name is sandeep kumar verma
    but in my passport my name is sandeep verma ..this is problematic for me should  i go for name change in passport ..please reply

    • HSB on September 17, 2011 at 3:00 AM

      No it will be a problem. Use the name from passport.

  411. Studies_y on September 2, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    hi,
    my name in some of my marksheets and certificates is ” firstname lastname ” and in some its like “lastname firstname middlename”. Will this create any problems while applying for my student visa for uk .
    The name in my passport is like “firstname lastname”.

    • HSB on September 17, 2011 at 3:01 AM

      No it will not create any problems.

  412. Anonymous on August 27, 2011 at 6:45 AM

    Hello HSB,

    My name is Arun Jyothi Prakash Boominathan as in my passport and other certificates. I had no problems while registering for TOEFL(nov 20th), but for GRE(planning on taking it in november), the system doesn’t allow me to use spaces in the first or last names. Should I enter them without any spaces? i heard there is a provision for changing the name at the exam centre. I am confused.

    Arun Jyothi Prakash is my first/given name, and Boominathan is my surname. Kindly help. 

    Thanks.

    • HSB on September 17, 2011 at 3:02 AM

      Use the entire name without spaces.

  413. Yousee Seeme on August 25, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    hi my name is  s.v.k.s.a.pramodh tej   as  in   my  certificate  but  i have my name   in   birth certificate fully but they is no problem  if   i apply my  passport and  gre  with surname  if   when i   get i-20  and   submit my  certificate  my name is in  intials then what  ?

  414. Payalagrawal on August 24, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    my name in ssc memo is agrawal payal and intermediate memo payal agrawal.will this be problamatic for passport and visa application
    please reply .

  415. virendra kumar on August 2, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    hi, my name is virendra kumar. i have the same name in my school certificates. i got my Election card&Rations Cards recently, bearing the name “Virender”. i need to apply for a fresh passport. will it be a problem??
    please, clarify my doubt.
    thanking you!!!!

  416. virendra kumar on August 2, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    hi, my name is virendra kumar. i have the same name in my school certificates. i got my Election card&Rations Cards recently, bearing the name “Virender”. i need to apply for a fresh passport. will it be a problem??
    please, clarify my doubt.
    thanking you!!!!

  417. abraham dev prasad on August 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Hello HSB!
    My name is abraham dev prasad and in all my documents(even passport) i have the same name but the problem came when i read ur article having a surname is a must since in my passport my surname is left as blannk….. what should i do???

    1. one solution i thought of was adding my surname:xxxxx to my passport. so that my given name: abraham dev prasad nd surname:xxxx ….. but in all other documents there is no surname will it create a problem in writing gre nd toefel nd in i-20 app?

    2. secondly i thought why to add a surname just change my given name abraham dev prasad AS
    surname: dev prasad
    given name:abraham

    i would be very grateful if u can help me out asap.

  418. nagaraju on July 31, 2011 at 5:04 AM

    i have prb with my date of birth in passport.already i have taken gre once without noticing correction in passport.once again i wanted to write the exam in october so do i need to have changes before taking of exam or can apply for the exam and then correct it plz suggest me

  419. sudhan on July 27, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    Hi
    I have given these details while doing the registering for test.
    Name : Sudhan
    Middle name : Ramkumar
    Surname :G****K*****
    but in my passport details are
    Name: Sudhan
    Middle name: Ramkumar
    surname: Ko****** G****K*****

  420. Niranjan on July 27, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    Hi,

    I have given these details while doing the registering for the test.

    Name : Niranjan
    Middle Name / Initial : N
    Surname: M**********

    But the details in the passport are like this….

    Name: Niranjan
    Surname: M********** N**************

    will this be a problem ????

  421. mayank on July 20, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Hi,
    my name is Chand Mayank Prakash (surname my name father’s name)according to my 10th marksheet….
    so will this matter create any problem???? as my name comes after my surname..
    and is there any other method for changing my name before applying for visa?????????
    thanx…

  422. Karthika on July 20, 2011 at 5:54 AM

    Hi,

    My baby name is “Mirna Manoji” in her birth certificate and planning to apply for the passport.Could you please tell us how to give the “given name” and “surname”.

  423. agni on July 17, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Hi,
    I foolishly made a mistake while registration of GRE and TOEFL exam. According to passport and certificate my name is Agni Bina (Agni first name and Bina last name). But in GRE and TOEFL account my name is Bina Agni (Bina first name and Agni last name). Will this create a problem? If so then what should I do?

  424. kumar Amrit on July 13, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    my name is Kumar Amrit …..

    In passport : Surname : __________________(empty)
    Given name (s) : Kumar Amrit

    If i will face ny problem with this ……what is the solution as i have same name in all
    my certificates.
    reply soon…

    • HSB on July 27, 2011 at 4:34 PM

      Change your name in the passport to
      Surname – Amrit
      Given Name – Kumar

    • Harsh Warikoo on September 3, 2011 at 5:29 PM

      Helo Kumar Amrit!
         My name is Harsh Warikoo and even i have the same problem with my passport
      Surname: _________________
      Given names:  Harsh Warikoo
         So i guess We’ll have to change that format right?
      Have you found out the procedure about changing that in the passport?
      Can you please let me know about the procedure required in getting that format corrected? And the follow up’s required.
                              Really would  Appreciate your help.
                                 Thanks in advance!

  425. kumar Amrit on July 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    my name is Kumar Amrit …..

    In passport : Surname : __________________(empty)
    Given name (s) : Kumar Amrit

    If i will face ny problem with this ……what is the solution as i have same name in all
    my certificates.

  426. Ranjith on July 12, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Dear sir,
    i am planning for gre exam by oct …..to register for ets we should provide atleast two digits of surname…….i have applyed for tatkal passport and in all the documents i have given only ranjith s…………..

  427. manne prasad on June 27, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    hi, my name is manne prasad. i have the same name in all my certificates. i got my pan card recently, bearing the name “m. prasad”. i need to apply for a fresh passport. will it be a problem??
    please, clarify my doubt.
    thanking you!!!!

  428. Vamsi Snikky on June 20, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    in passport my name is like “Ippe(surname) Vamsi Sai Rajeev” but in my gre appointment confirmation mail name is lke “Vamsi Sai Rajeev” & my test date is 01/07/2011 can i get any problem with it plzz helpp iam soo fear with issuee

  429. shrikant on June 19, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    dear sir, can i register for my gre(book a date) before getting my passport bcoz it is going to take around 3 months time…plz help me out of this…i wil be really thankful to u.

  430. vat on June 15, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Hi , i have a small problem in my gre test registration.these are my indian passport details
    Given name: vathul saran
    surname : m*************

    while registering i used
    first name : vathul
    middle initial : m
    last name : saran

    Will i get into trouble?
    while registering for gre , there should be no spaces , so can i use a hypen between names?

    • Vinay on June 20, 2011 at 5:40 PM

      No problem brother, You can login into ETS website and you can update your details.

  431. S on June 7, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Apurva, I have the same problem as yours.were you allowed to write Gre?
    HSB,
    I understand what you told.but regarding Gre,will I be allowed write the exam if my surname is in initials in confirmation and is full name is my passport?leaving the probs in applying to colleges aside,will I be able to attend Gre?please respond asap as I have it this week!

    • HSB on June 7, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      Yes, you will be able to attend GRE if your name on confirmation matches you name in passport.

      • S on June 8, 2011 at 12:11 AM

        Thank you so much. i got freaked out when ets said you’ll not be allowed to write it ! I think they thought my name itself was not given properly !! i saw a lot of forums and posts where people spoke about how they were not allowed to write due to discrepancies. Thanks for the clarification ! 🙂

  432. Saikrishna on June 2, 2011 at 6:32 AM

    Hello HSB,
    Thanks for your replies. But I have somewhat a unique problem. My first and middle name are combined as one in the passport, toefl, gre score cards and also in I-20.. But my first and middle name in my 10th, 12th and UG mark sheets are separate. Donno how much trouble this cud cause..
    Name in mark sheets – SAI KRISHNA
    First name in passport – SAIKRISHNA
    Kindly let me know if this cud land me in trouble

  433. R Venkatesh on June 1, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    My name in passport is Venkatesh Rajaratnam. My father’s name is spelt in passport as just Ramachandran, whereas his given name is Rajaratnam Ramaachandran. Instead they have made a clerical error by entering as just Ramachandran. Will i have problem while applying for visa? Should i correct it or leave it as such?

  434. Neelu on May 19, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    My name is Neelu. Yes, just “Neelu”. So I have got the passport with first name as “Neelu” and surname is empty/blank. H1B or L1 visa will be provided by US consulate as “FNU Neelu”. Is this fine? Will we still face problem in US to get SSN or Driving License or etc? Should we add surname to my name by undergoing name change procedure?

    You have not spoken about this scenario in your blog. Please reply with your valuable information.

  435. MANIKANDAN on May 19, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    My Daughter’s name is AISWARRIYA as entered in the birth certificate records.
    As for passport I wanted to register my childs name as Aiswarriya and surname as Manikandan which is my name.
    The passport officials deny saying that fathers name can not be given as surname as the same in not registered in birth certificate
    Is it possible to accept the Fathers name as Surname ?
    Kindly help me

    • HSB on May 19, 2011 at 8:51 AM

      Strange. Pretty much all my family members have fathers name as surname in passport.

  436. Ajay Kumar Singh on May 7, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Hi,
    I want to know that in my GRE score report my name has been printed as AjayKumar Singh and in passport it is Ajay Kumar Singh……Space is missing …

    Can you please let me know if it can pose any problem ?

    • Vishad on May 19, 2011 at 2:35 PM

      I am facing the same problem. But my consultant said there is no problem. Incase you get to know something else …let me know

  437. Loganath on May 4, 2011 at 3:20 AM

    Hi,

    Need some information on the “alias” name

    Example. : My name in Birth & educational certificates in “J.Loganath alias sudhagar”. But in passport my name is “Loganath Jagadeesan”. Is it a problem?

    Do we need to add the alias name in Passport ?

  438. Yasir Javed on April 29, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Hi HSB!

    I would not only appreciate but highly indebted to you for my entire life if you could just tell me the solution of the problem i’m facing right now..

    My Name and father’s name in my Educational Certificates, Engineering Council’s Licence is:

    Name : YASIR JAVED
    Father’s Name: JAVED AHMAD

    Whereas in my Passport and NIC, its written as:

    Name: Mxxxx YASIR JAVED Rxxxx
    Father;s Name : Mxxxx JAVED AHMAD Rxxxx

    If I shorten my name and my father;s name on my passport, will it create any problem for getting student VISA.

  439. Tausif on April 27, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Sir, i want to apply for passport but i have surname missing on each and every document including Nationality certificate,leaving as well as on marksheets what should i do? Plz suggest i am in great depression

  440. Ashwin on April 19, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Hi HSB,
    I have a DOB mismatch in my I-20. I received my I-20 from Oklahoma state university. In that month and date are interchanged. Kindly provide any suggestion to solve this

    • Kumar on May 4, 2011 at 5:19 PM

      Do not worry Ashwin. I beleive it is correct. In US, they follow the MM/DD/YYYY format. That is why you find both of them interchanged.

  441. kanwar vickram singh on April 9, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    hi, my name is kanwar vickram singh, my surname is BUTTAR . i don't have surname in my passport and in my ielts mark sheet. if i have to change my surname , do i need to to reappear for ielts ?

  442. K Venkata Naga sweth on April 7, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Hi my name in all my educational certificates are written as K Venkata Naga Swetha where the letter 'K' is kodela which is my surname. Now iam going to apply for passport.In passport application rules are placed as to mention full surname as 'kodela' instead of 'K' because initials are not permitted in passport application. Now if i get passport with my full name 'Kodela Venkata Naga Swetha' does it create any problem because in my all educational certificates my name is written as K Venkata Naga swetha where'K' is my surname. Do i need to change my name in certificates from 'K' to kodela. Please reply to my query and your valuable suggestion for me to proceed in future..

  443. life on March 29, 2011 at 6:12 AM

    Sir, my surname is there in my passport but my academic records are without my surname, and i tried to add my surname on my degree but i failed to do that as because of my 10th and 12th class certificate(without surname) now as i need to validate my degree in consulate what should and do and how should i proceed and yes my working visa has been approved with my surname on it and i am bit scared what will be my future abroad because of surname missing in my academics records.

  444. M S V M L Sai Priya on March 24, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Hello Sir,

    I am a b tech grad trying to register for gre for aug 2011. The main prob is my name which is a very long one as per my passport. the passport name is given as Last name: Munagala. First name: Sri Venkata Manikya Lakshmi Sai Priya. As the whole name doesnt get entered while registration process, pls assist me as how to fill up my name. I'm really worried as i face problems everytime coz of my name. Pls help!

  445. Arun on March 21, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Hi

    I have applied for MS for Fall 2011. I have got an admit from NCSU.

    The address given to all the universities, GRE, TOEFL everything else is the current address where I live. Name matches exactly everywhere including the passport. But my concern is that my passport has my old address (The building doesn't exist anymore. Destroyed due to metro construction). Now the question I have is, whether I need to get the address changed in the passport. (Current passport valid till 2019)

    Thanks in Advance,

    Arun

  446. Sunny Kumar Singh on March 16, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Dear Sir,

    In GRE registration, I've given following information:

    First Name: Sunny

    Middle Name: Kumar

    Surname: Singh

    But in Passport, I've written the following:

    Surname: Singh

    Given Name: Sunny Kumar

    Please tell me whether I'm write or wronng.

  447. nitesh kumar agarw on March 12, 2011 at 3:38 AM

    sir what to do with date of birth on slot booking i gave 2-01-1990

    but in passport it is 22-1-1990 so what can i do now pls

    plspslp

    pls

    pls

    pls

    help me;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

    • Vinay on June 20, 2011 at 5:42 PM

      Cool, You can login into ETS site and you can update your address.

  448. Rajesh kumar on March 11, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    Hello, By reading this whole story I understand the whole story, I am also phasing the same problem, Sur name missing in my passport.

    Please suggest me by reading the below details:

    My sur name is bansal. so if I have to write my full name it is Rajesh kumar bansal. but in all of my documents my name is mentioned as Rajesh kumar. Because in my all the docs name is mentioned as Rajesh kumar, so while filling the passport form by giving the given name as Rajesh kumar and blank as a sur name, so now my sur name is blank. Now I am applying for H1B US visa Please suggest me what name I have to mention in the sur name field ? Is it Rajesh in the given name and kumar in the sur name is fine ? or Rajesh kumar in the given name and Bansal in the sir name, In this case my name will vary from the documents. Also my father's name is mentioned as Garish Bansal ? Please suggest me asap.

  449. krnth on March 9, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    my name in passprt is mxxxx kranti lxxxxx. but i have booked my gre slot with name kranti mxxxxx where mxxxxx is my surname . witout including middle name . is it ok ? my gre score report also vl hv kranti mxxxxx. my name in other certftcs is M. KRANTI LXXXX.will it be a prob while applyng to univ ?

  450. Waqas on March 9, 2011 at 5:10 AM

    Dear HSB

    i know u will again smile with my same question but i will ask for my satisfaction

    my name in all academic documents (University) is Waqas AXX MXXXX and father name is MXXXX AXX

    and my name in NIC, driving license, birth certificate is Waqas AXX and father name is MXXXX AXX

    now i am going to apply for Passport…

    if they put my name Waqas AXX then there will b any issue for student visa or Engineer Visa?

    plz reply

    • HSB on March 9, 2011 at 6:35 AM

      Use Waqas AXXX and when you submit application and other documents, mention that you have used different names in the certificates.

      • Waqas on March 11, 2011 at 6:42 PM

        thanks HSB

        so nice of you

  451. PAVAN KUMAR C on March 7, 2011 at 4:27 AM

    pls help me out

    I each and evry certificate of mine

    like 1oth, Intermediate and B.Tech , my name is given as C PAVAN KUMAR

    never used my full surname where C is CHINNAKOTLA

    So how to go with passport and Gre.

  452. krnth on March 6, 2011 at 4:09 AM

    my name in passprt is mxxxx kranti lxxxxx. but i have booked my gre slot with name kranti mxxxxx where mxxxxx is my surname . witout including middle name . is it ok ? my gre score report also vl hv kranti mxxxxx. my name in other certftcs is M. KRANTI LXXXX.will it be a prob while applyng to univ ?

  453. krnth on March 4, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    my name in passprt is mxxxx kranti lxxxxx. but i have booked my gre slot with name kranti mxxxxx where mxxxxx is my surname . witout including middle name . is it ok ? my gre score report also vl hv kranti mxxxxx. will it be a prob while applyng to univ ?

  454. anushka on March 2, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    hi hsb team,

    as always you provide a wonderful and valuable information regarding every issue

    i have a query plez plez help me

    In PASSPORT my surname: pasupuletti, firstname: anushka

    In BIRTH CERTIFICATE it is P.ANUSHKA

    In 10th &12th board it is pasupuletti anushka

    In B.TECH certificates it is anushka pasupuletti

    i'm applying as pasupuletti anushka for my final b.tech certificate, plez reply me is it compulsory to change in b.tech certificates and birth certificate plez plez answer me

    in toefl & gre i have given as in passport and it is anushka pasupuletti

    • HSB on March 2, 2011 at 10:54 AM

      Please red the blog post above, its answers your question.

  455. Txxxxxxxxxx Singh on February 28, 2011 at 6:04 AM

    Hi,

    I am planning to pursue MS in FALL 2012 session.But i have some queries regarding my name mismatch in marksheets and Passport.All my school certificates,marksheets as well as my college certificates and marksheets have my name as S Txxxxxxxxx Singh where 'S' stands for Sardar but in my passport the name is Txxxxxxxxx Singh,'S' is not a part of my name but some sikhs write it and it is similar to Mr that other people write.Actually i was told to expand the initial 'S' as 'Sardar' while filling the passport form.But they did not consider it and hence the problem.

    Somebody suggested me to get an affidavit to signify that S Txxxxxxxxx Singh & Txxxxxxxx Singh are the same people.What do you suggest.

    Thanks

  456. Prabhushankar on February 28, 2011 at 5:52 AM

    Dear HSB

    It is actually not a different name…In my passport, in the place of surname it is mentioned as "Hadya Ananda" which is actually the expansion of my Initials ..H.A. My query is, instead of using both "Hadya" & "Ananda" as my surname, is it possible to use only "Hadya" as my surname which sounds more meaningful.