Today I am going to discuss about some issues that could arise if your passport has a blank First Name or a Blank Last Name (Surname). This can sound as a small problem but it can cause a lot of Problems when you go to the US. Let’s take an example and discuss this problem.
First Name : – Shrinivas Ragav. Surname: –
If in this case if you receive your visa for going to USA, then the problem would be that your your Entire Name will be printed out in the Surname Field. So to be general, if you don’t have a First or a Last Name in your passport then your entire name will be printed in the Surname field of your Visa.
So in the example above the Visa will be approved and the Name printed will be: –
First Name: – FNU (First Name Unknown) Surname: – Shrinivas Ragav.
How will this affect you?
When you reach USA, your first priority is to obtain your Social Security Number (SSN) and your Driving License. You will be facing problems when you are obtaining these two important things. So when you approach the SSN office or for your Driving License, the official over there might not be aware of what to do in case of an FNU in the First Name which could cause some problems for you, as SSN is the most important thing to get after arriving to USA. You may have to produce some papers regarding the FNU details while going to the SSN office or for your Driving License.
How to Deal with this?
The Best way to deal with this problem is to correct your name in your passport before going for your Visa Interview. This is the best way to tackle this situation as you don’t want to be in some kind of a problem when you are in USA. You will be stressed a lot as you are in a Foreign Country and you are not able to get the most important thing in USA that is the Social Security Number. So my advice to all of you is if you have a Blank First or a Last Name, make the changes in the passport before your Visa Interview.
What If I don’t have a Surname?
Even if you don’t have a Surname, then too add a Surname (Last Name or a Family Name). The Surname can also be your Dad’s Name, but most have a Common Family Name. It doesn’t matter if that surname is not in the Mark-sheets or any Certificates. You can add a Surname in your Passport to prevent any problems after landing in USA.
Can I take GRE and TOEFL if there is a problem with the Name in Passport?
Yes you can appear for the exams even though you have a blank First Name or Surname. The problem you will encounter will be in USA when you will face problems for obtaining your SSN and Driving License.
So to Conclude, You can go to USA even though your passport has a Blank First Name or a Surname. But you will face a problems after you enter USA. So it’s better to make the changes before the Visa Interview.
All The Best.