I applied for a Schengen visa and as I don't have a surname in my passport. I just repeated my given name in the surname field, which is a standard practice.

I have received my visa and they put my name as "+, Given Name". So surname has been replaced with "+".

I have never seen this before. Is this a standard practice? They have asked me to report any errors in names in the visa, so I want to confirm if this is a valid practice.

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    It appears that you did not put "+" as your surname in your application, so clearly that is an error. They have asked you to report any errors, so what is the issue here?
    – user69949
    Commented Nov 5, 2017 at 4:23
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    @ICanHazUpvotzPleez Don't be so hasty to jump to conclusions: the OP has no surname, so this looks likes an entirely valid way to record that. Commented Nov 5, 2017 at 4:28
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    @jpatokal Whether it "looks" like an entirely valid way is irrelevant. The OP mentioned his given name as the surname in the application. As far as the consulate is concerned, that is his surname. The instructions also clearly ask to report any errors, "+" is not the OP's surname, so that is an error. I don't have to "jump" to any conclusions.
    – user69949
    Commented Nov 5, 2017 at 4:59
  • You should add the <country>-schengen-visa and <country>-citizen tags to your post. I would suggest that you contact the consulate of the country you are visiting, and ask them the clarify if this is how visa are issued to persons with no surname.
    – CSM
    Commented Nov 5, 2017 at 10:28
  • Schengen Embassies has way lot different practices in how they treat/print names & personal details (sequence wise). My name, a two word name written as First Last on my passport only in First field has been printed in all combinations; sometimes even different by same embassy on different occasions. F Last | Last F | Last First | First Last | First Last + | Last First + I always put First in field first & Last in field last.
    – DavChana
    Commented Nov 5, 2017 at 14:03

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Using "+" for missing surname is correct practice. Following is the response from Denmark Embassy:

Thank you for your email.

Please be informed that the visa issuance has been done correctly and that you will not face any problems related to the ‘+’ sign on the visa sticker.

Best Regards

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