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How to Change Name in Indian Passport in USA

This topics about changing the name on the Indian Passport have been discussed in depth in several articles here at Happy Schools. Start from the following article and follow other links.

This is a common problem in India that there is no importance given for separate first name and Surname. Even my son had a similar problem and we realize this only at the time for applying his visa & no time was left to get passport corrected.

It’s always better if one gets his passport corrected before applying for US Visa. Thats much easier.

But in case if someone cannot get his passport corrected before getting US Visa, there is a procedure with CGI (Counselor General of India) in USA. One can go through their website and follow the procedure for change of name (Splitting).

Its not very complicated, one can download all the forms to be submitted (from the CGI website), fill the form, get them attested by some attorney in US, get a draft for requisite fee from the bank and mail all the documents, along with all original passports (old & new) to CGI.

See that you comply with the checklist provided at the CGI website. My son, who is studying in Los Angeles, did the same and got a new correct Passport from CGI, San Francisco through mail within less than a fortnight.

Later on, one can continue on his old valid visa in the previous passport, provided both the passports are stapled together and get the new visa on new passport whenever he comes to India.

Please note that one can get a new visa from the same embassy which issued first visa. This change in the name must be done at the earliest possible so that getting SSN, DL etc are done with proper name only.

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  1. Some of you people who have changed name in U.S because of FNU(Indian passport),can u share details process of application.is the paper advertising needed for splitting of name too.plZ elaborate

  2. Hi

    I am on F1 Visa .I have same problem as the above. Name on my passport and visa.
    Old Passport :
    surname : Blank
    Given Name : XX YY ZZ

    Surname : XX YY ZZ
    Given Name: Fnu

    After coming to USA i came to know about the problem, when professors started calling me fnu rather than my name. I have gone the CGI procedure and got my name split in the below format.
    New Passport:
    surname : XX
    Given Name: YY ZZ

    Now i am planning to go to india , my concern is i should attend an visa interview.
    Can i know what is the procedure i should follow?
    what are the things i should to take care of ?


    1. Hey, can you share the steps you went through to get the name changed? Can you come on a audo show to talk about your experience and in exchange for your time, I can figure out what you should do with your name in the Visa stamp.

  3. Hi,
    I do not have a surname. Only First name: Mahalakshmi on my passport.
    I need to add surname to my passport. My US Visa- H1 states: FNU Mahalakshmi.
    I want to add surname: Iyer to my passport.
    Based on the procedure I checked and contacted US Embassy- I was informed that I need to submit 2 newspaper ads stating change of name ( one in my country and one in place of current residence ) along with Affidavit – The deed availbel online.
    Problem is to get the ad in newspaper in NJ – they are asking me to submit a court appeal and get Form B certified by a judge.
    Is this required? Please help.

    1. I’m not sure how to procedure works in NJ. You may have to talk to others who have done that from NJ.

  4. I have my full name (Harleen Kaur) in the passport in the given name category. I came to US on a H4 visa and my Visa said – FNU Harleen Kaur. Now here I applied for a H1B visa and got the petition approved on the same name – Harleen Kaur. My concern is

    I understand that a name change can be done on Indian Passport while in US by advertising in newspapers (both countries) and following the other procedure of reaching to a consulate and paying the fees – I wish to know if I get my name changed on my passport now – will that in any way negatively affect my H1B visa stamping when i go back to India coz my petition will not have my new name as it was applied earlier with old name.

  5. Many girls go to usa after marriage on H4 visa. In indian custom surname of the girl changes after marriage.Generally they cannot change surname in passport/visa before leaving for usa due to time constraint. If the surname is changed there will be mismatch with educational certificate surname. In usa they take admission for higher edn. and generally change visa status to F1.My question is whether it is advisable to change surname after taking admission,because then they have some time for surname change or it is better to continue with maiden name.Please answear

    1. Process of changing name in Indian passport tin USA will take some effort (not tough though). Like advertising in local newspaper and things like that. If you really want to change the name to follow the custom, then go for it, but it will not impact any admission process.

  6. In Indian Passport there are columns "GIVEN NAME" and "SURNAME". But while filling up for on line registeration tfor GRE there are columns "FIRST NAME", "MIDDLE NAME" , "LAST NAME". Pls clarify which column of passport correspond to that of on line registeration.

    1. HI Kumar,

      You just need to fill your first name and last name..

      If a persons name Balaji Rama Reddy..

      First name:- Balaji

      Middle name:- Rama

      Last name/surname:- Reddy

      Or if a name is Yogesh Tripathi

      First name:- Yogesh

      Last name/surname:- Tripathi

      I hope you got what u need to fill on the gre form..

  7. Hi Hsb,

    I dont think posting comment has no value. The info i added was my real experience and you don't think that is beneficial.

  8. hi,

    i am in a bit of nervous wreck condition now..

    i had registered for gre for feb 14th in blore. and got an email with confirmation number then. but 2 days back i cam eto know that i was supposed to get a hard copy of the confirmation through postal i called up my centre and they said the confirmation number was enough. but now when i go to the ets site and check the confirmation status… the confirmation status. the number they had sent me via email is shown as invalid. does this mean that my registration is not valid? n i lost the money too.. 🙁

    will i get to write the exam? what should i do?

    P.S : i mailed the gre info people no replies from them.

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