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Hello, i'm in need of opinions. Im a Malaysian Chinese and Surname/Last Name/Father's name is typically written first here when filing forms, on my Birth Certificate and Passports its (Surname)(My Name) Example: Lee Chai Hoon ---  Lee=Father'sName, Chai Hoon=Given Name and in the US it's typically given name is writen first followed by surname in the end. So on the Letter of Intent and Declaration of Meeting documents do I write Lee Chai Hoon or go by Chai Hoon Lee? I don't want to cause any confusion so i'm worried of it.

So question:

1. Surname written first or last or it doesn't really matter?

2. If "Chai Hoon" is the given name do I need to sort that as Chai=First Name and Hoon as middle name or can i fit both in first name and leave middle name blank?

3. On social media name is a self given name, Amber do i write that in the "first name" in other names used?

Thanks in advance!


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1.  For your Letter of Intent to Marry, whatever way you want to sign your name is fine.  Just make sure your name is correct on the petition form (ie, surname field has L, given name field has CH).


2.  If CH is the given name, leave middle name blank.


3.  It wouldn't hurt to put your nickname in other names used.


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Might be somewhat late to comment but Malaysian here in US. Your first name should be Chai Hoon, last name being Lee. Do not put Hoon as your middle name.

Usually middle name shows as initials in most paperwork. If you had Hoon as a middle name, you would be known as Chai H. Lee, which isn't something you would want to do. 


If in doubt, remember first name should be your given name, last name should be your family name.

If you have a religious name, eg: Julie Wang Xiu Yin, it gets slightly complicated. It can be Xiu Yin J. Lee or Julie X. Lee

Hope that helps. 

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