Most of the people have a last name or family name and first name filled with information in their passport. But, few have blank family name or surname. In that cases, how do we fix the issue and what to enter on DS-160 form is the issue. One of our readers, NK, had the same issue. He attended H1B and H4 visa stamping in Mumbai and has shared his experience filling up the DS-160 form. It has FAQ and guidance on how to fill. Thanks to NK for sharing his experience.
Missing Surname in Passport – How to fill DS-160 forms
I don’t have any Surname/ Family Name printed on my passport.
- My full name – XXXX YYYY is printed under “Given Name” on my passport.
On top of this, my existing B1 visa and H-1B petition has YYYY as my surname and XXXX as my given name.
So I filled up two DS-160 forms with following details:
- DS-160-1: Given name : XXXX, Surname: YYYY.
- DS160-2: Given name: FNU, Surname: XXXX YYYY [FNU stands for First name un-available].
I first gave them the first DS-160 form (as described in DS-160-1 above) which they didn’t accept as asked me to “go to a cyber café” and fix the error. Then I gave them the second DS-160 (as described in DS160-2 above) which they accepted. This saved me the hassle of going to the cyber café and getting my DS 160 fixed. See below screenshot.
Accepted way in DS-160 to fill out First Name and Last Name :
- Surname / Last Name : Complete Given Name/ First Name as it is in Passport
- First Name / Given Name : FNU
In case of any confusion – don’t take any changes, fill up as many DS-160 as you want and take the bar code printout of all the forms with you. You can give them whichever you like based on the situation. This saved me lot of time and money.
You enter the First Name that appears in passport in the Last Name field in DS-160. You also enter FNU as the First name in the DS-160.
No, it will not rejected for that reason only. It does not play a part. As the name is not full, there maybe additional security checks that may happen, but will not directly impact the approval chances.
Yes, absolutely, you should fix your passport with Blank Last name or family name. It will save you some hassle in the US, after you arrive.
Did you had a missing Surname or Last name in your Passport ?
How did you handle your DS-160 form ? Any other info that you know for such cases ?