I am a citizen of India and working in a well known company in Bangalore. I have to apply for a Schengen Business Visa for 3 months. Recently I have changed my legal name but not yet updated my passport with the new name. Can I apply for a Schengen Visa with the old name itself, if it matches with the name in my passport? Or will it violate any rule or is it a crime to do so?

Please help me to do the next steps.

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    Perhaps your first step should be to get a new passport, one that bears your correct legal name.
    – phoog
    Apr 27, 2017 at 13:21

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The name in your visa should match the name in the passport you will carry on your travels. The instructions which accompany Schengen visa applications, this example for France, directs you on how to fill in each section (emphasis mine):

  1. Surname: type your last name as it appears on your passport
  2. Surname at birth: type your last name at birth (even if it’s the same as item #1)
  3. First names: type out your first and middle names as they appear on your passport

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