Signatures Mismatch Between Passport and I-20

Raghuram Sukumar Student Stories 18 Comments

I have a doubt regarding a difference in signatures on Passport & I-20. Could you please help me with that?

I received my passport in early 2007 when I was in engineering last year. At that time I had a very simple signature which my passport is bearing now. Later on I changed it for banking & other purposes but forgot to get updated on passport. Now, I have different signatures on my I-20 & my passport.

Would that be a problem during VI or Immigration? My visa interview is scheduled on 8th of December. I have traveled to many other EU countries with same passport but I never had any problem.  Mostly I will attend the interview with same passport as I don’t have time now to change it. I will let you know what happens to me so that it will be useful other HSB readers.

Signature Mismatch

I don’t think you have to worry about signature mismatch.

That’s one practice I would like banks in India to change. People’s signature change. But, banks in India will not authorize transactions of signatures is different.

When you apply for passport renewal, you will get updated signature. I haven’t come across any instances in Us where service was denied, because of my signature mismatch with passport.

My Experience:

My signature have changed over the years, compared to the what I have in my passport. When I tried to get some things done with bank in India, they said, signature doesn’t match. It’s kind of pain to update the signature in the bank in India, while you live in USA. Not to mention the customer service.

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Comments

  1. Hi, I have written my full name as signature on my I-20 while my passport has my first name as signature. I’m about to face my visa interview in a few days. Will it be an issue?

  2. does the signature on my i20 need to match the signature on my passport…. pls reply early my visa interview is in a few weeks

  3. is there any problem if signature is different from name in passport that had been printed

    1. Author

      Is that what you plan to use as your official signature? then you shouldn’ thave any problem. If you plan to sign in English, then you may consider updating the signature in the passport.

  4. My signature on the I-20 is my full name but the one on my passport is my first name. Will this affect me in the Visa Interview? More importantly, will this be a problem at the port of entry?

  5. Earlier when I apply for passport I signed in English but all my original Id’s contain my Tamil Signature. will it impact when I travel ?

  6. Signatures Mismatch Between Passport and other document :

    I have a doubt regarding a difference in signatures on Passport & my other documents . Could you please help me with that?
    I received my passport in early 2008 when I was in mba first year. At that time I had a very simple signature which my passport is bearing now. Later on I changed it for banking & other purposes and all other document but forgot to get updated on passport. I am confident about my current signature.Now, I have different signatures on my documents & my passport.and
    Now i am processing for H1B and worried, if it is going to a problem .Would that be a problem during VI or Immigration? . I have never traveled to any country so far with passport . I don’t have time now to change it also. Kindly suggest what are the legal options with me.Can i do the same signature that am using right now even though it is different from my passport signature.

  7. Hey did the sign mismatch create any trouble? I have the same situation going on with me! So Let me know!
    Thanks!

    1. Hey C,

      Don’t bother about it. I didn’t face any problem. Just go ahead with your VI preparation.

      Best of luck.

  8. My nephew was denied his F1 visa for not having paid his school fees. I guess he was considered a flight risk for that. The school however insist they cannot take payment until he gets to the US, attend orientation and then register before he can pay his school fees. We have requested a letter or email from the school to the embassy as my nephew is rescheduled to go back on the 12th of December. What to do advice on how to approach the interviewer when he goes back? (This was in Nigeria by the way).

    1. This is very very odd. Generally one needs to pay fees once one lands in USA & opens the bank account. Even I have recieved simmilar mail from university that I can fees only when I will be in USA. You can simply ask for the letter from university official & present it at the time of interview.

  9. Dear HSB,
    Thank you very much for your prompt reply. Now, I am all set to take Visa Interview challenge 🙂

    Thanks & Regards,
    Vishal

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