QUESTION: Dear sir,
I would like to sponsor my brother for futher education. but our surnames dont match. Mine is Chand, while my brother's passport shows Chad. My father's name as per his documents is chad venkat which is correct on my brother's passport and mine shows CHAND Venkat. Is it possible to get a certificate from any authority stating that surname spelling in my passport was wrongly written in my school documents and it just continued in all my certificates. surname is very important in foreign countries as you know. Does any issuing authority gives a certificate or notary stating that we are born to the same parent (surnames being written incorrectly in school ceritificates?)
greatly appreciate your response.
ANSWER: You can change your name by following the Govt. guidelines given below:
GUIDELINES FOR CHANGE OF NAME FOR MAJORS
NOTICE FOR advertisement by individual in the Gazette of India Part-IV regarding
Change of Name, addition or deletion of surname etc.
The person attaining the age of 18 yrs. and above who wishes to get his/her
change of name published in the Gazette of India Part-IV has to comply with the
following formalities prior to publish of such advertisement.
1. Please advertise change of name in one of the daily local leading newspaper
stating therein fathers/Husbands name along with residential address and
forward it in original to this Department.
2. Please submit an original affidavit duly attested by first class
Magistrate/Notary/Oath Commissioner showing therein full details of
fathers/husbands name along with residential address before taking oath in the
affidavit . In case of individuals working with Central Govt. they may submit
deed for change of name in accordance with the Ministry of Home Affairs O.M.
No. - 190016/1/87-Estt. dated 12.03.1987. Specimen is attached. In case of
Indians, living abroad, he/she will submit deed duly attested by the
respective Indian Embassy/Indian High Commission, in original to this
3. Please submit printing matter as prescribed in the attached specimen duly
completed in all respects by typing the same on a separate plain paper and
signed by the individual in his/her old name, with two witnesses in duplicate.
The Proforma must be typed.
4. Please attach two passport size photographs and come personally or else the case
can be sent by registered post with photographs duly attested.
5. The printing charges for publication of change of name Rs. 700/- only. However
in case of public notice Rs. 900/- would be charged. The amount will have to be
submitted or remitted in advance in cash or by Demand Draft/India Postal Order
drawn in favour of Controller of Publication, Department of Publication,
Civil Lines, Delhi-54. The extra copies of the Gazette can be supplied to the
extent of 2 on additional payment of Rs. - 35/- per copy. The charges in cash can
also be deposited alongwith, aforesaid documents in our Department. The cost of
advertising of change of name in the Gazette of India for Indian living abroad is
Rs. - 2300/- which includes air mail charges also.
6. All the aforesaid document, printing charges together with forwarding letter
addressed to The controller of Publication, Department of Publication, Civil
Lines, Delhi-54. should be sent to this Department. The documents must not be
old beyond the period of one year.
7. The documents once submitted in this Department will not be returned in any
circumstances, neither original nor Xerox copy.
8. Visiting hrs. to the public in this regard is 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to
3.00pm on any working day.
9. (A) If the individual adopts the name of other religion and not change his/her
religion, he/she must produce an affidavit duly signed by the SDM that
he/she not changed his/her religion. The cost of such type of advertisement
will be Rs. 900/-
(B) Such type of matter for change of Religion must also be shown in the
newspaper as well as in the prescribed Performa.
SPECIMEN FOR CHANGE OF NAME FOR MAJOR
ALL BLANK SPACE DULY TYPED ON SEPARATE
PLAIN PAPER IN DUPLICATE (TWO COPIES)
I hitherto known as
. Son /Daughter/Wife
changed my name and shall hereafter be known as
It is certified that I have complied with other legal requirements in
Signature (in existing old name)
Witness No. 1
Signature Full Name
After the said change in her name, you can approah the concerned passport officer to issue a revised passport.
In case they do not agree,you are to approach the court for necessary direction.
Please take the above actions in consultation with a lawyer.
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QUESTION: Thank you Arun Sir!!
I really appreciate your response. I forgot to mention that I am married now and I have a different (my husband's) surname. So in my passport, my previous surname (Chand) is the one that i mentioned in my previous question.
so my passport has something like this:
Current name: Goun Uma
Previous name : Chand Uma.
To sponsor my brother, I should be able to show that my previous surname matches with my brother's. Is there a way that we can change previous name on the passport?
I dont have words to explain the situation, I may sound bit confusing too. and feels annoying too. Never thought that surname plays such an important role in foreign countries. I wish they see the FIRST name (important in india ) instead of surname.
In India it is very common and also legally acceptable that after marriage,the surname of the wive changes.If you use your changed surname and mention the surname of your bother as it is in the prescribed form,there should be no problem to sponsor your brother to a foreign country.To remove the ambiguity of the Issuing Authority,you can explain the cause of the discrepancy between the two through a forwarding letter.If necessary, you may even submit an Affidavit to them.Hope the above will solve your problem.
However,please take above actions in consultation with the Issuing Authority and a lawyer of that country.