One of our readers, NK, recently attended H1B and H4 visa stamping in Mumbai and has shared his experience filling up the DS-160 form. Please read the below, it is very critical information to avoid last minute hassle on the day of your visa interview. 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.
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 ?