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Fnu Issues and How to Solve Fnu First Name Problem

Do you have FNU as your first name in the Visa or Passport? Wondering what FNU is? Wondering how to resolve the FNU issue? For resolving the FNU issue, please read my personal experience and how I managed to solve it.

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Are you having FNU as your frist name?

Are you facing issues getting your Drivers license through DMV because your first name in the passport and / or first name in visa is given as FNU? There are a lot of people who are facing similar issue because they have the abbreviation FNU given in their first name in US visa. People face several issues because of having FNU in the place of your first name and your full name in Given names. Majority of this issue is seen for people who are getting a US visa from India. If this is not corrected early enough, it can lead to several inconveniences, loss of time and money. In this article i try to give my personal experience with this issue and how I was able to resolve the FNU issue.

What is FNU?

FNU stands for First Name Unknown. This usually happens when the officer processing your visa application cannot determine your first name and last name from the information you provided in the application form. In an Indian passport there are two fields for your name. The first is the “First name” and then there is the “Given names”. When a situation described above happens, the officer will put FNU as your first name and the Given name will be filled with your actual Full name (First name + middle name + last name).

What is in FNU name?

So you might ask, what is the big deal in that? Your full name is anyways recorded. But when you come to US, the first hurdle you face is in the immigration portal where you fill your I-94 form. If you fill your first name and last name properly in that form and get away with that you will now have contradictory information in your passport/visa and your I-94 form. In the passport you will be having FNU but in I-94 there will not be any FNU.

Issues of having FNU as your first name

In US there are two things which are indispensable. The first is your social security number (SSN) and the second is your drivers license (DL). If your Visa has got the name FNU somewhere in the system, then you might face an issue while getting either the SSN or DL. Most people get away with the SSN registration and get their name recorded in the social security card without FNU. But when you go to get a driver’s license that is when the real problem starts. The person in the counter who will review your application will ask for your passport as proof. Then he will enter the details in their screen with FNU as first name and your full name as last name. This is for verifying your details with the SSN office. But they will not get anything from the SSN office because your name is not registered like that. (The other situation is if you have registered FNU as your first name in SSN office also. In that case your name will be like that for your entire stay in the US). The person at DMV who is reviewing your driver’s license (DL) application will tell you that there is a difference in what is there in the visa and the SSN record and that you need to change your name to “FNU + Given names”. Trust me this is not an easy process and you will spend a hell lot of time to correct this. You might have to go back to SSN office and ask them to change the name.

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  1. Ashutosh

    On December 17, 2009 at 11:35 am

    FNU problem:

    my details are:
    First name (Given name): ASHUTOSH
    Surname (Last name):

    J1 Visa:
    First name (Given name): FNU
    Surname (Last name): ASHUTOSH

    First name (Given name): ASHUTOSH
    Surname (Last name):

    Bank Account:
    First name (Given name): ASHUTOSH
    Surname (Last name): FNU

    I have applied three times to get SSN but every time my application was rejected due to it was not verified from immigration. I am really in a big problem as without SSN my salary will not be issued to me. Please let me know how to deal this problem. Is it the right path if I go to India and change my name to First name: Singhal and Last name: Ashutosh (as Ashutosh is recorded everywhere in systems in USA as a last name). and come again and that time I-94 will be corrected and then i will go to SSN to add my first name (Singhal).
    plz reply me asap. It will be great help to me.

  2. Jaison

    On December 18, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Hi Ashutosh,

    I am not an expert on comment on your issue as yours is a different kind of issue. Please go to and post a question. The expert lawyers in the forum can help you out. It is free.

    Thanks for sharing your concern. This site is visited by hundreds of people daily and may be someone will respond to your issue.

    Hope your issue gets resolved as soon as possible.

  3. sukhdev

    On December 20, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Hi Ashutosh

    I also had same issue with me. I visited immigration office to get new I-94 with the same names as mentioned in US VISA.

    First get the new I-94 with First name: FNU, Last Name : Ashutosh. Then apply in SSN again. You will get it.

    Last name is must in US. Your I-94 does not have last name. First get it again.

  4. boby

    On January 6, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Jaison,
    My experience is almost similar and I had shown the printout of the FACT sheet to DMV but in vain, finally I got my DL,EAD & SSN with correct name , my story is shared in blog sopt ,somebody wanna soe help on this FNU may read this too

  5. Kulkarni

    On January 14, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I am living in US since 2007. My issue with the passport still exist
    Given Name: myName

    My SSN and Diver licence – “FNU myName”

    I am in process of putting last name as “myLastName”. I made a affidivate and paper ad in India. But am unable to put ad in US. I approached the News paper agency, they are denying to put the ad about change in name since they need some kind of document which says am going to change my name.

    Can you please help me how to approach news paper agency and what to ask them??
    Is there any kind of document i can get it from Local scretarty office/anyother govt office here??

    Also, after i change my name in the passport how do i change the names with SSN and DMV office? is the new passort suffice the purpose of changing the names in SSN and DMV??

  6. harish

    On March 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    I have the same problem . I got my SSN without any problem (without any FNU in my SSN name). But when I went for DL they were creating same problem after long discussion . They verified my detail from SSA office. and they agree with my opionion and gave me my lerner permit without FNU.

    But my issue is that when I will be back from India to USA then ,Will they be creating problem with FNU in my VISA.
    and Can I show these color PDF to them for convence

    Or they will not create any problem at airport.

    Please give yr experience did u face any problem when u back from india with FNU.

  7. Dhilshad

    On June 23, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Hi ,

    Can you clarify some dbts.
    1) Inur case.. , did u get ur SSN as FNU and ur name? or without FNU?
    2) u got ur DL with FNU or with out FNU?

    Actually, In my SSN, FNU is not written, but in i 94 and in Visa FNu is there.

    Please advice.



  8. Raju

    On June 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm


    When traveling abroad, which name do you book your ticket with – FNU or just the ?


  9. Raju

    On June 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm


    When traveling abroad, which name do you book your ticket with – FNU GivenName or just the GivenName?



    On August 20, 2010 at 12:43 am

    I am applying for a L1 visa and about to get the interview date ….
    My passport reads like :
    My Given Name : SANJEEV KUMAR
    Last Name is Blank

    DS 160 reads like :
    Given Name : SANJEEV KUMAR
    Last Name : FNU

    Form 129 S and G28
    Given Name : SANJEEV KUMAR
    Last Name : FNU

    Now while getting interview date, the counselor advised me to refill the DS 160 with exchanged name like first name as “FNU” and last name as “SANJEEV KUMAR” and send accross to her.. But as other forms like 129 S have it opposite, I asked her to fill the same way as in 129 S …I don’t have time to get the passport and other documents corrected.

    My concern is that..will it be a problem in the visa interview…

  11. Syed Azhar Ali

    On December 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Dear All,

    Please help,

    I am from india and recently got my b1/b2 visa. The problem is fnu..

    My passport has surname ; blank and given name as syed azhar ali and my visa has surname ; syed azhar ali and given name as FNU

    Please let me

    if i will have any problem entering united states ? and if in case i wanted to change it then i would get a new passport with the corrected name..

    Please let me know

    If i have to attend the interview again ??

    How much time it would take to process??

    What is the process to apply ?

    What all extra documents to be added ?

    What would be charge in india ?

    Any FAQ website details plz..

    Please help me..

    Information can be plz mailed at

    Looking ahead for response..

  12. Jaison

    On December 14, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Syed, it is not a big deal. Try to get in touch with the US embassy help line and explain your situation. See what they are saying. Also post your question in (search in google). All the best.

  13. syed azhar ali

    On December 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Sure Jason,

    I ill do that and will keep u updated… thanks for letting me know..

  14. Vinay G

    On May 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks Jaison,

    Your blog helped me to come out of FNU problem to a great extent. I got my License too with the PDF link you have from USCIS.

  15. sudheer

    On November 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Not able to find the same document

  16. Nimcy

    On July 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    With the help of the document you had mentioned, I was able to appear for the driver’s test. Thank You…

  17. Praveen

    On August 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Could you please send me the document as well ?

  18. Praveen

    On August 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Could you please send me the document as well ?

  19. Aymar

    On September 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Immigration had my names with the FNU as my first name. Applying for an ss, i just told them the source of the problem. It originates in the passport as all your names are put only on one column so First Name unknown is put as your first name in the visa. Immigration then copies the wrong name from the visa and that’s how it continues. I told the ss officials that it is an error, that fnu wasn’t my name. So they put fnu in their machines as my birth names but the correct name on my ss and in the SS office (common its your right to drop a name if you don’t want or like it). Doing this i prevented the spread of the error. As of now the error appears only in immigration issues, and that can only be fixed by getting the passport named right by the home country and applying for a change of visa and I 20. I’m working on mine now. Wish y’all good luck with that. REM if it is an error u can always explain the source of the error in any office. the document spoken about above can help with that.But rem, make an effort to fix ans not extend the problem b/c the more you accept your names as FNU in forms and processes, the harder it would be to fix.

  20. Ashutosh

    On January 24, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks everyone for advices! Now I have been living here in USA for 3 years. I managed SSN, DL,, Bank account and etc.
    But I am living with my name as “FNU Ashutosh” (except DL).
    Now I have another problems, How it will be managed when filling for NORI, green card, baby’s birth certificate etc. etc.
    I recommend everyone who is visitng USA and have same problem, Come with correction if you wanna stay here for long time.
    I am trying to find the solutions and still in problems. If somebody need help in getting SSN and DL, most welcome.
    Write directly to me :

  21. Ganxen

    On January 31, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Hi I also got the FNU problem. I got my SSN with correct my full name and My Green card and DL got the FNU. So it will be problem when I try for a job. If it will make problem for finding a job then How I can solve this problem.. Please just share some of your view.

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