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

In US Immigration - Visas by Guest AuthorUpdated : 61 Comments

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

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.

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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Comments ( 61 )

  1. Arun


    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


    FN – FNU
    LN – Arun Patil

    1. administrator

      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.

  2. gurpreet

    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.

    1. administrator

      Yes, you should mention that previous name in the other names used. So, that they know you had names without surname.

        1. administrator

          Leave it as blank or put in LNU. You can also put in your current name in the Surname and put in FNU in first name section.

  3. shiva

    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

  4. Kajal

    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…

    1. administrator

      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.

  5. Ruchi

    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?

  6. Karthikeyan

    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.

  7. MANDY



    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: ……………………

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

    IS that right?

    Pls help me


        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.

        1. Bhawna

          If the son or daughter is calling there parents to US then you mention child. If you calling your brother or sister then mention sibling.

    1. Omaer

      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.

  9. Badhru

    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.

  10. bhawna

    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.


    1. administrator


      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.

      1. Bhawna

        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.

        1. administrator


          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.

          1. Bhawna Tyagi

            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.

  11. Varun

    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.

    1. Bhawna

      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.

      1. administrator


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

    1. administrator

      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.

  12. Charitha

    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 ?

  13. Deepak

    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.

  14. Junaid

    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

    1. H


      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.

  15. Ashish

    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?

    1. administrator


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

      1. Ashish

        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?

        1. administrator


          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.

  16. Rangaswamy

    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.

    1. administrator


      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.

    2. administrator

      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.

  17. Anand Kumar Singh

    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!!

        1. Nitesh

          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

          1. Nitesh

            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.

          2. administrator

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

  18. praveen

    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

  19. VK


    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/


  20. MS

    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

  21. pooja jain

    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.

  22. srkjos

    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 ?

  23. Srinath

    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.

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