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How to fill DS-160 for missing Surname/ Family name in Passport for US Visa – Experience

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
How to fill DS-160 when Passport has NO Last Name or Family Name

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.

Common FAQs

What do I fill for Last Name in DS-160 when my Family Name or Surname is Blank in Passport ?

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.

Will my visa be rejected as my Last Name is blank in passport ?

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.

Is it recommended to fix the Last Name Blank issue before Visa Interview ?

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 ?

   

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76 Comments

  1. Hey, I have missed middle name in US visa appointment confirmation letter, but on my Passport and DS160 middle name is included in given name field.
    Will it affect in visa interview??
    Thanks in Advance!

    Reply
  2. HI Team,

    I have scheduled appointment after two weeks. But i have a doubt. In My Appoint confirmation form my Name is appearing as Patil Teja but in MY DS 160 & Passport it’s appearing as Patil Teja Ramkrishna.

    Will it cause any issue with appointment as as Father name is missing in Appointment form.
    Do i need to cancel my appoint and reschedule it again?

    Regards,
    Teja

    Reply
    • Teja,
      Everything should be exactly as it appears in your passport. You can fill out a new DS-160, if any details are not accurate and use that in UStravelDocs to update the same.

      Reply
      • Thanks Kumar for the response.
        My DS 160 and Passport have same information. But while creating profile on CGI where we schedule appointment I have not entered my middle name which appearing on appoint confirmation form as applicant name.
        Will it causing any issue?

        Regards,
        Teja

        Reply
          • Hello Kumar,

            Thanks for helping us here,

            I made the same mistake, Once I create the new DS-160, where should I change to add the new corrected name?

            Do I have to make another appointment? I am applying for h1b stamping

          • Riddhi,
            If the form is already submitted, you may not be able to change certain fields. In such case, you can create a new DS-160 form and then enter that in the USTravelDocs Portal, that way they will use the new one. You do not have to cancel anything, just update your profile.

  3. Dear Admin,
    I have two issue regarding entering name of my two sons in i-864 affidavit of support. Plz suggest how to write in their First name, middle name & Surname.
    1. Sheikh Yahya Rehan (Sheikh is his cast, his given name is Yahya and faimly name is Rehan
    2. Muhammad (His only name is his given name having no surname and faimly name.

    Rehan

    Reply
    • Rhenan,
      You always follow the passport. What does it say on the passport for Given or first name ? and Last or family name ?
      If there is anything blank you follow the guidance given in above article.

      Reply
  4. Greetings,

    As per my passport : GN- Arun Patil , Surname – Blank
    but in my I-797 : FN-Arun Patil, LN-LNU

    Please advise how do i fill DS-160
    FN – Arun Patil
    LN – LNU

    or

    FN – FNU
    LN – Arun Patil

    Reply
    • Arun,
      You can fill it either way. But, frankly, if you have not traveled yet to US, I suggest you get your Passport corrected to have your family name in Surname filed and then apply it, so that you do not run into issues in future for other things in US.

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  5. I was not using surname earlier. But after education i started using surname and surname is mentioned in m my passport now.
    My question is that what should i write in surname and given name in sections where it asks that “”has you ever been known by another name.

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  6. hi
    my surname is thummuri and me given name is sri venkata sesha siva rama krishna
    in DS-160 i can not enter my complete given name last two characters are missing (na), so I had removed space between sri and venkate ,and venkata and sesha

    is there any problem for this if yes help me to rectify this
    thanks

    Reply
  7. Hii. In My uncle passport surname is…….. And given name is aaa bbb.. He write in ds -160 surname aaa bbb.. And given name fnu. But in his appointment he write given name aaa and surname bbb… Is there any problem occur in his interview…

    Reply
    • Kajal,
      I am not sure, what they would be looking for. What is filled in DS-160 is what matters. You can call the customer service to check and see, if there is a way to change it. If they can, let them do it. If they say, it is fine, it should be fine.

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  8. Hi
    My Problem is that , while family information for DS – 160 H1B,I’m stuck on my parents name. In my passport my parents name is without surname.
    Like: Father – aaaa and Mother – ppp

    There is an option to mark as ‘DO not know’ in surname. should I select the check box or what should I do?

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  9. I have a unique problem here. I have my surname (3 words) and given name(1 word).
    But my passport doesn’t have my father’s and mother’s surname. Just their first name.
    I’m applying a B1/B2 visa now and in that DS-160 form. Parent’s surname is asked. What should I fill?

    Father’s surname = Father’s given name like the one in my passport
    Father’s givenname = FNU

    Same for my mother’s name. Please help.

    Reply
  10. HIII
    I M REFUSED 2 YEAR AGO . MY PROBLEM IS THIS THEN I PUT MY COMPANY IN INDIA NOW I M NOT IN INDIA I HAVE 1 COMPANY IN NIGERIA I M APPLYING FOR THAT COMPANY CURRENT BUSS BUT WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR PERVIOUS EMPLOYED ANS

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  11. Hi, You have said that we can fill out as many DS160 forms as required. But, there is no provision to carry the DS160 forms (physical) now. which mean we can fill out and submit one final DS 160 ONLY. My case is this:

    My Passport: Surname: ……………………
    Given name: RAVIKUMAR RAMASWAMY THANGIAH

    Should I fill the Surname in the DS 160…. as > RAVIKUMAR RAMASWAMY THANGIAH
    and in Given name > FNU

    IS that right?

    Pls help me

    Reply
      • Thanks! one more thing. in the family page, the drop down menu shows only child, or sibling option. What to chose for son and daughter? sibling or child? which is more appropriate.

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    • Hi Ravi and Bhawna,

      I have exactly the same problem filling out the DS-160 form.
      My daughter does not have a surname in Passport. Only given name is there, kindly advise what should I do?

      Should I proceed as Bhawna suggested i.e. Given Name will go in Surname and write FNU in Given Name?

      Please reply.
      Would really appreciate a great help.

      Reply
        • My spouse has the same problem. Her surname is blank in passport. So in DS160 I have filled given name in Surname and Given name as FNU.
          But while creating profile in CGIFEDERAL site how can we overcome this problem. It is not accepting FNU in given name and not allowing Surname as blank.

          Reply
  12. I am filling the DS 160 form for F1 visa, and in parents details section I have to provide given and Sur names, and DOB. But in my passport I only have my parents given name not surnames. So should I just give their names in the surname place, or give the full name as in their passports.

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  13. hi i have a question, my husband is filling the ds-160 form for his mother to visit us to US on visitor visa. she is not having the surname in her passport so he filled first name as -FNU and surname with her first name i.e aaaa.

    now she is having other name in my husband passport i.e aaaa bbbb so do he need to mention that name as other name in ds-160.
    her name in my husband passport is aaaa bbbb.

    thanks.

    Reply
    • bhawna,

      Should not be an issue. I think DS form also asks if the person has ever been known by another name. In that field you can mention the other name aaaa bbbb. If asked, clarify to the officer.

      Reply
      • Hi I need to confirm that to apply visa for both parents do we need to send two pair of documents like employment letter 2 and bank letter 2 or shud we send one document each? For both parents.

        Reply
        • Bhawna,

          If they go to the window together then only one set is fine. If they go to the interview window separately, then 2 sets. I would prefer to send 2 sets in case they are separated at the interview window.

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          • Thanks, but we need original 1 right and then we can make copy of it cz two original employment and bank letter we can’t get.

  14. Hello, My father’s surname is missing on my passport.

    My father name is “Surendra Singh”. Same is mentioned in all my documents Pan Card, Marksheetz etc. But my passport has only “Surendra”.

    Does it cause any issue in H1B Visa stamping ? Please help to answer my query.

    Reply
    • Thanks Saurabh, yes ds-160 has that option for other name so He filled in it the other name of his mother.
      Also I need to know is the birth certificate important cz my husband not having it or can he sent his 10th marksheet photocopy. Interviews will be at delhi consulate.
      Thanks.

      Reply
      • Bhawna,

        BC is not mandatory. Only when the officer has doubts about the relationship, they would dig into more documentary proofs.

        Reply
    • Xavier,
      It may not be problem, but if your passport has a surname, you should call and get it fixed. You can always create a New DS-160 and carry it along. Call the customer service for their suggestion.

      Reply
  15. According to my passport my name is Charitha Bathala. But in my school , college and UG records (degree certificate, transcripts etc) it is Charitha B or B Charitha. So should I put Charitha B as my “other name” while filling DS 160 ?

    Reply
  16. while retreiving the application it ask
    ‘First 5 letters of Surname ‘ but my surname has only 4 letters . Not able to retrieve info. Pl help.

    Reply
  17. Hello ! Every1
    I applied for b2 visa to usa
    In my pp –
    Given name : xxxx yyyyy
    Surname. :(blank)

    In my ds160
    Given name :xxxx
    Surname. :yyyy

    N i got rejected under section 214(b)

    I wanna reapply so shall u change the name section ?
    Or fill like i did befote ?
    Please reply asap

    Reply
    • Junaid,

      I had the exact same case as you and i have no surname or family name but a dual name. My first DS 160 I had put as you had put, and just before fingerprinting at VAC, I was asked to go and change it asap. I did.

      You have to put Given name on ds-160 as: xxxx yyyy
      Surname as: FNU (Select it from dropdown menu)(FNU stands for first name unavailable)

      On the newly issued DS-160 the section appeared in print as:

      Name Provided: xxxx yyyy, FNU

      Hope you got it.

      Reply
  18. Hi
    My petition is selected for h1b, and I was asked to renew my passport beyond 2019 by my employer in US. I knew that i cant renew my passport before one year is left for it. My father recently made his passport with middle name on it, which was missing in my passport. So i applied for renewal on basis of change in particulars. Does this affect any of visa process?

    Reply
    • Ashish,

      Change in passport number will not impact the H-1B process. When appearing for H-1 interview, submit your latest passport for visa stamping.

      Reply
      • I agree that change in passport number will not affect the visa process. But adding middle name to my father ‘s name, which was not there in older passport. According to Uscis, personal details shall stay same in new and the old passport. Any comment on that?

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        • Ashish,

          Your father added middle name to his name, but your name wasn’t changed. So there will be no impact; unless your name is also changing.

          Reply
  19. I have no surname printed in my passport and I applied for DS 160 Non Immigrant tourist Visa. Exec at Traveldoc suggested to get correction done in DS 160 application as XXXX YYYY name entered in Surname and FNU in ‘Given Name’ place and the application was accepted and visa issued. But the passport now shows Surname blank, whereas Visa shows ‘Given Name’ NFU. This is for Visa B1/B2.

    Will this arrangement create any problem in travel to US or in the
    US ?
    Appreciate any inputs for the query.

    Reply
    • Rangaswamy,

      That is ok and its a standard procedure. As you will be on B1/2 visa, you cannot apply for SSN or US driver license. So not a big issue. If you ever come to US on a different visa (like F-1 or H-1/4 or L-1/2), then its better to break the name in passport and get visa in corrected name.

      Reply
    • Rangaswamy,
      It is quite common to run into this issue, if you had blank surname on your passport. As long as your visa is on your name and it says FNU for Given name, it should be fine. Read FNU Issue for more details. . If you are just visiting, it should be fine. But, if you plan to apply for Social Security or driver license in US, it can be a little bit of hassle.

      Reply
  20. My old name was
    Give name – Anand
    Surname – none
    I changed my name to
    Given name – Anand Kumar
    Surname – Singh
    How should I fill out the DS 160 other names?
    I have used my old name everywhere.
    Please reply fast!!

    Reply
        • Hi Kumar,
          Thanks for your reply. My old passport had blank surname and Given name : Vijay Nitesh Kumar.
          But in DS-160, I cannot leave surname ( in other names) blank. Should I fill as the following:
          First Name: Fnu
          Last Name: Vijay Nitesh Kumar

          Reply
          • Hi Kumar,

            I have got my name corrected in my new passport. I have confusion in filling up the “other names used” section.
            What shall I put in Given names used and Surname used ? I have just split the name.

          • Nitesh,
            Good. You just follow as you suggested like FNU for first name and other full name as last name. That should work.

  21. Dear friend,
    I have one full name at given name in passport. I filled my DS160 wrongly as first name as given name and last name as surname. Now my name is just reversed accordingly in D’s 160 form.
    Now I filled my second DS160 form correctly.
    The issue now is the fee paid was on the wrongly filled application of DS160. Plz help me only few more days fr the interview

    Reply
  22. Friends,

    I am in a situation where my earlier passport has one extra letter in my last name and US B1/B2 visa also had same extra letter in last name. I recently renewed the passport and I have correct the last my by removing the extra letter. For this I have to submit the affidavit stating my name change.

    Now I am on planned Business trip to US for 3 months, question is will there be any issue since there is single letter missing issue in my new passport?

    Your quick reply will be much appreciated/

    Thanks

    Reply
  23. Hi Srinath,
    can you tell me how did the interview go. I am also in the same boat. I am travelling to India and need to appear for stamping interview. I dont have surname in my passport and everything is in given name. My i-797 has
    XXX YYY,FNU.

    Reply
  24. Hello NK, I am also facing the same problem (missing surname in passport) for my H1B visa. Just wanted to confirm if the method suggested by you will work for H1B visa as well.

    Reply
  25. Sourabh, Experts

    I Need your help. My approved I-129 form contains consulate location as Mumbai, as I am currently present in Hyderabad, I filled DS-160 form based on hyderabad location. Please let me know if this will make any impact ?

    Reply
  26. Hello NK, I’m exactly in the same situation as yours. I’m planning to attend the interview in a few weeks time. Could you please share your outcome of your interview? Since our surnames do not match in Passport and I-797A, will it be a problem?? Please help me. Thank you so much.

    Reply

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