I am an Indian student and am going to Japan for my Summer Internship this May. There is no Surname field on my Indian passport and only my single initial name, XXXXX, in the Given names field in passport. How should I fill the name fields in the Visa form then? Should I write my first name (Given name on passport) in the Surname field and FNU in the Given and middle names field?

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My passport Surname field :

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    Just make it clear that you don't have a surname, e.g. write something like N/A or "without surname". Those forms are intended to be read by human beings and as long as they understand, you're fine. – xuq01 Apr 27 '17 at 6:44
  • Is it fine if I just leave the that field blank. They will understand right ? @XuanruiQi – Jarvis Apr 27 '17 at 10:51
  • Is there 'notes' section in the application? If so, clarify there why you did not specify your surname. – ThisIsMyName Apr 27 '17 at 11:39
  • There is no 'notes' section. Please see the updated image of the visa application form. @OleksandrKravchuk – Jarvis Apr 27 '17 at 11:45
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    @Jarvis Yes, since you'll give them your passport as well. If they are in doubt they could always verify against your passport. – xuq01 Apr 28 '17 at 0:16

Okay, I just chit-chatted with an Indian colleague of mine, who advised the following.

You should put all of your middle names in the surname fields if you have any. If you don't, leave it blank and do not write N/A or anything similar there.

You may have issues booking your flight to Japan later on since many airlines' software does not allow to leave Surname field empty, but this is another story.

  • Thanks !! Just one more query. Since I am applying for internship visa, I have to submit income tax return of my father and there is a slight mismatch between his name on the return statement and his name on my passport. Will it cause any issue ? – Jarvis Apr 27 '17 at 12:10
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    I am sure it will. I would add a letter with detailed explanations to your application. – ThisIsMyName Apr 27 '17 at 12:15
  • So in that letter, I should just explain that both the names belong to one person right? Do I also need to submit any proof along that? – Jarvis Apr 27 '17 at 12:47
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    Always submit proofs if you have any. – ThisIsMyName Apr 27 '17 at 12:49
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    I'm sure it won't if you provide them with legit explanations. – ThisIsMyName Apr 27 '17 at 13:37

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