AOS Procedure Part 1

Your Name(s)

You must enter your name(s) on Form DS-260 and on Form I-485 exactly as your name(s) appears in your passport. Your name(s) must also exactly match your name(s) as given on your Entry Form.

Form DS-260 ask for your Surname and your Given Names.
Form I-485 asks for your Family Name, your Given Name, your Middle name.

A Surname is also called family name or last name or second name.

Given Names are your first name or forename and your middle name(s). These are sometimes called your Christian name(s). In some countries the name of the father (patronymic) is used as middle name.

Form DS-260:
  • If you have more than two given names continue to write your names until the answer field is full.
  • Write your given names in the same order as they appear in your passport.
  • If you have two or more last names you must write these in the field for Surname.
  • If you go by first name only, write this name in the field for Given Names and write LNU for ‘last name unknown’ in the field for Surname.
  • If you go by only a last name, write FNU ‘first name unknown’ in the field for Given Names. Write your last name in the field for Surname.
Form I-485:
  • If you have two or more last names you must write these in the answer field for Last Name.
  • If you have more than one middle name you must enter them all in the answer field for Middle Name.
  • If you go by first name only, write it in the answer field for Given Name. Write LNU for ‘last name unknown’ in the field for Last Name and MNU for ‘middle name unknown’ in the field for Middle Name.
  • If you go by only a last name write it in the answer field for Last Name. Write FNU ‘first name unknown’ in the field for Given Name and MNU for ‘middle name unknown’ in the field for Middle name.
  • If you have more names than there are spaces in the answer fields, write these (also) next or under the field(s).

Nota Bene. Make sure to write your surname(s) and given name(s) in the proper answer fields on each form.

If your first and last name are combined to one name in your passport – by mistake or because this is customary in your country of origin – contact the KCC for instructions.

If your name is written in Latin script with an umlaut, diacritics, or accent marks, just write the letters and do not add the markings. Do not add extra letters.

If your original language has a script that differs from the Latin script you will be asked to complete your name and address in this script.

For Form DS-260 only:

If you do not have the option to change the language on your keyboard use a translator program e.g. Google Translate. You are allowed to answer Technologically Not Possible.

Form DS-260 also asks for Other Surnames Used and Other Given Names Used.

  • For Other Surnames give your maiden name, or previously used married name, or your previous name if you legally changed it. Also give an alias you use when writing for publication.
    If your name is sometimes spelled incorrectly by government agencies and/or official organizations in your home country give the incorrect version(s) too.
  • For Other Given Names enter the name you are usually called if it differs from your official given name.
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