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My wife is currently on conditional residence visa status (CR1). She entered the US on October 26, 2019. Her current Indian passport has surname listed as blank and given name listed as "Firstname Middlename Lastname". 
Her green card came with the first name listed as "FNU" and surname as "FirstName MiddleName LastName".
Her green card expires on October 26, 2021 and Indian passport expires on June 5, 2021. She did get her SSN with the name correctly stated without FNU. She's not yet applied for US drivers license yet.
What is the best way to go about splitting her name. Shall we proceed with correcting the Indian passport during renewal first and then green card during the change of condition application? My concern is correcting the passport and not having it match the green card and if it will be an issue for travel. I tried contacting USCIS and they really didn't seem to understand the issue as this is a name splitting, not name change. Any help to identify my options would be greatly appreciated, especially if you or someone you know have been through this same situation. 
Thanks in advance!




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"FNU" means "First Name Unknown" - this looks like a clerical error on the USCIS side. You need to file an I-90 with USCIS for a replacement green card (yes, even if it is a conditional one) because they have her name wrong in the system. "Splitting the name" confused them because that's not the problem, the problem is the name is in the USCIS system incorrectly.


The I-90 will be free because it was an error on USCIS's side. You can file online:


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My wife had a similar problem. Her Indian Birth Certificate had first name and family name together with no surname (I guess this is common in India).  Her Indian passport was printed the same way. US immigration apparently doesn't like a blank surname on a visa, so made it... First Name :FNU,  Surname: First Last


Since she came in on a marriage visa, it was easy to fix, since our marriage document allowed us to change everything...and order a green card.


If it is a mistake on USCIS's part, you may get them to correct it. 


If it is this way because of your birth certificate, you may have to file with your local court for a name change (permanent residents can get a name change in US if it is a legitimate reason) and then take that document and apply for an I-90...reissuance of a GC. And then have your other documents corrected.


It really depends on your birth certificate.

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