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Help with K-1 -- Question about Malaysian naming conventions

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Hi all,

My fiancee is of Chinese descent but born and raised in Malaysia. For Chinese in Malaysia, apparently all legal documents list the name as: [English First Name] [Last Name] [Chinese Name]. They don't differentiate between middle names and first names. So, my fiancee's birth certificate, passport, driver's license, and all other Malaysian documents just list a "Name" (without differentiating first/last/middle) as [English First Name] [Last Name] [Chinese Name], for example "Janice Chung Siaw Hei," i.e., [English First Name] [Family/Last Name] [Chinese Name].

When my fiancee applied for a B1/B2 visa a couple of years back, they issued the visa with the convention [English First Name] [Chinese Name] [Last Name] -- in other words, they made her Chinese Name into her Middle Name. So that visa doesn't match any of the documents from Malaysia. We have no idea how to write her name on the I-129F and her G-325A. We thought of listing her name like it appears on her travel visa, but then under "Other Names Used" list the Malaysian version...

Anyone have any advice? Did anyone have a similar naming convention issue and, if so, how did you address it?

Thanks everyone,


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