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Urgent - Need To Apply For Opt, Got My Name Split On The Passport

Discussion in 'OPT changes' started by gowda9891, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. gowda9891

    gowda9891 New Member

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    Hi Ron,

    The last name field was blank in my passport and on the visa, i94, ssn had the name as
    first name: FNU
    last name: XYZ ABC

    So, I got the name split on my passport from BLS. Now, the name on passport is
    first name: XYZ
    last name: ABC

    I am on F1 Visa and will be graduating this May. I need to apply for OPT. Should I apply with new name or the old name as my I94 still has FNU? Or, should I get all the records updated before I apply for OPT? Will there be any issue at USCIS? Please reply ASAP if someone had the same issue as I need to apply for OPT urgently
     
  2. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    Apply using the name on your passport. Send copies of your old and new passports, with a letter explaining the change.
     
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  3. gowda9891

    gowda9891 New Member

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    Thanks for quick response, Ron. I had one more question. Is there any way to get I94 updated to new name or do they change only when I go out of country and come back?
     
  4. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    They will change it when you come back next time.
     
  5. gowda9891

    gowda9891 New Member

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    Hi Ron,

    I am filling the form 8843 to prove substantial presence test for the year 2014. I got the new passport just last week and the passport number has changed. Should I mention the old passport number or the new one on 8843 as I was having old passport during the year 2014?
     
  6. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    Use the new one.
     
  7. gowda9891

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    Also, give the new name? Because all of my other immigration documents are still having FNU
     
  8. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    Yes, make it consistent with your passport. Include a letter explaining the differences.
     

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