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    I am an Indian Citizen (28 male), and working in the USA (currently a resident of Pennsylvania) on a H1B Visa for the past 3 years. I want to change my name legally due to some personal reasons. But, I cannot travel to India at this moment to initiate the process.

    Can I apply for a legal name change via the Indian Embassy in New York ? I tried contacting the embassy but, as usual, there is no Answer.

    Also, I am not sure how it would affect my legal status in the USA. Would I have to get a new H1B petition copy with a new name and would I also have to get a new Visa Stamped on the new passport which bears my new name ?

    I checked the process in India too. If I were to apply for the change in India, a government gazzett would be issued to say that my name has changed as per official records. But, I am not sure how this is done if I apply via the Embassy here. Would the Indian Embassy send a notification to the concerned departments in India about the name change ?

    Too many questions ... Please guide me !

  • #2
    The site has all the information. what exactly is your question regarding name change?

    It is just like applying for a new passport, except that you need to also send docs (paper clippings, affidavit) for name change.

    What do you mean by name change via Indian embassy? it's same anywhere.

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    • #3
      Thanks for replying ... and here are my questions ...

      1). If a citizen is residing in India, he/she has to apply for a name change through a local Magistrate. Two paper Ads are published. And then,a Government Gazzett will be issued about the change of name. With the help of this Gazzett, he/she can change the name in the Passport and other official certificates, documents, ID Cards. Now, Will the Indian Embassy also issue any official government certificate of Name Change ?

      2). After the name is changed in the passport, should I renew my I-797, I-94 and get a Visa Stamped on the new passport with the changed name ?

      Hope I expressed myslelf better now. I am in the middle of nowhere now with no sufficient information

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      • #4
        1) Yes. A new passport.
        2) You don't need to change anything in the current docs. Next time you apply for any of those you mentioned, you will do it with new name, and hence you'll get all that with new name.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by blueworld View Post
          Thanks for replying ... and here are my questions ...

          1). If a citizen is residing in India, he/she has to apply for a name change through a local Magistrate. Two paper Ads are published. And then,a Government Gazzett will be issued about the change of name. With the help of this Gazzett, he/she can change the name in the Passport and other official certificates, documents, ID Cards. Now, Will the Indian Embassy also issue any official government certificate of Name Change ?

          2). After the name is changed in the passport, should I renew my I-797, I-94 and get a Visa Stamped on the new passport with the changed name ?

          Hope I expressed myslelf better now. I am in the middle of nowhere now with no sufficient information
          Indian embassy has a special name change procedure. You also need to advertise in newspapers in India. Check with them on it or their website.

          I am not a lawyer and you need to consult with one to validate any info posted on the forum and discuss your case specifics. H1b Question? Read the FAQ first.

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          • #6
            Yeah ... I did see in the Embassy's website that I have to advertise the name change in a newspaper both in India and USA.

            I think I will goto the Embassy in NY in search of more answers. I will be so relieved if they confirm I do not have to goto India and the whole process could be done through the Embassy here.

            Thanks again for your inputs. I will update as I hear from the Embassy.

            But any more answers / suggestions are always appreciated
            Last edited by blueworld; 07-16-2010, 11:55 PM.

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            • #7
              Re Affidavit required for name change

              I have a question continuing this thread. I have identified most pieces of information except the following:

              - Do I, as a non-immigrant on H1B and a resident of Georgia state, have to use the state specific process for name change? Or is that applicable only for American citizens?

              - The process described in Houston Consular Office requires me to produce an affidavit notarized by a Public Notary. Can I get this done at my regular bank or do I have to get this done from the consulate?

              - Must the affidavit be done prior to placing advertisements? Or is the advertisements independent of the affidavit process?

              Much thanks in advance for your response!

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              • #8
                Hi,

                Were any of you able to successfully change your name .. If yes can you please share your experience?

                I am looking forward to change my name on my passport and consequently on H-1/I-797 and any help here would be greatly appreciated.

                What is the fee of filing an amendment in H-1 ( form I-129 ) and how long does it take to get the approved petition back?

                Thanks...

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                • #9
                  Hi,

                  I am also in the same boat. I have a single name on my passport and my surname is empty, and in visa I have FNU as my firstname, and my H1 petition and I-94 says UNKNOWN as my Firstname and my given name as my Lastname.

                  I realized the importance of firstname after coming to US, so, now I would like to change my name and add a proper surname to remove all the confusions.
                  I have seen the procedure given in VFSGlobal for name change, but I would like to know, is anyone changed their name successfully from this procedure and what are the difficulties I might face?
                  and do I have to amend my petition after changing my name in the passport?

                  Please let me know your experience, I am very desperate to do it.

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                  • #10
                    Hi I am in the same situation..It would be great help if you share your experience and procedure to name change in passport and then visa ?



                    Originally posted by Raja1980 View Post
                    Hi,

                    I am also in the same boat. I have a single name on my passport and my surname is empty, and in visa I have FNU as my firstname, and my H1 petition and I-94 says UNKNOWN as my Firstname and my given name as my Lastname.

                    I realized the importance of firstname after coming to US, so, now I would like to change my name and add a proper surname to remove all the confusions.
                    I have seen the procedure given in VFSGlobal for name change, but I would like to know, is anyone changed their name successfully from this procedure and what are the difficulties I might face?
                    and do I have to amend my petition after changing my name in the passport?

                    Please let me know your experience, I am very desperate to do it.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Devblr View Post
                      Hi I am in the same situation..It would be great help if you share your experience and procedure to name change in passport and then visa ?
                      Traveling in the same boat. Can someone who has been through this please post your experience. I just recently changed /split my name in the passport but my I797 bears old name. How will that affect my upcoming visa stamping and at POE? I am already in India as I had to travel for family emergency. A bit tensed with this name difference in the documents.

                      Need your inputs. Thanks a lot.

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                      • #12
                        Hello,

                        I need to add my last name in PASSPORT, SSN, I797. Currently all of my documents i.e. Birth certificate, Education certificates and passport has First name only. Could someone help me with the process.

                        Thanks,

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