Thursday, October 17, 2013

Well FNU Too!

You know, call me crazy but I will NEVER understand how an immigration official could look at a set of forms and still enter the information in such a manner as to eliminate an immigrants first name entirely. Do they really let individuals with no name into the US? I guess so!

For those of you who don't know, FNU stands for First Name Unknown. This is a plague that affects the immigration community. It starts like this:
  1. Petitioner (US citizen) files paperwork to start visa proceedings. Here is what said paperwork looks like for those of you who are already married. (The fiance paperwork is not that much different but can be found here.) 
  2. All the information on the paperwork is checked and entered into the system by USCIS. If everything is there and filled out properly, they advance you to the next stage. 
  3. Extensive background checks and information verification is conducted by the NVC (National Visa Center). If everything is correct, all fees are paid and nothing adverse is found, the paperwork advances to the Embassy.
  4. Applicant (immigrant) finalizes paperwork and attends a visa interview. ALL information on the original paperwork is verified again. (This makes at least 3 times now.) Then an approved (denied doesn't fit this scenario) is issued. On the paper it lists the immigrants full name and other pertinent information. 
  5. Then the visa comes....and guess what, someone screwed up. 
So hubby's visa listed his first and last name in the "last name" section and since someone clearly didn't enter everything properly while printing the visa, his first name was listed as "FNU." What idiot thinks it's okay to let an unnamed individual into the US? In a country where we track everything that is said or done (yep, the NSA apparently reads this blog too???), how in the hell does anyone ever enter FNU in any of the name fields on a visa?

Anyway, I didn't think this was going to be a massive issue. Regardless of what his name was entered as, he was still a trackable number in a government database. So rather than wait a month or two to get this all fixed, we decided to proceed with starting his life.

First stop was the social security office. They gave us a letter stating they had to verify his name with USCIS because of the FNU discrepancy. Okay, delayed but fine. We got his social security number in 2 weeks later with his correct name on it. No problem.

Next stop was the bank. This one was easy to tackle and there was no "FNU" entered on his account. We did have to go to a larger chain though, some of the smaller chains wanted driver's licenses, etc. and we didn't have all of that yet. We didn't have to rush to get his bank account but it was something hubby felt he needed to just to feel like he was accomplishing something. 

Then comes the DMV. I'm not even going to get started on the kinds of shenanigans that went on with them trying to even get them to take his application but let's just say there was very little consistency in the way each worker conducts business in there. Apparently, they aren't capable of putting his name in the system right. So now hubby's drivers license will say FNU as well. Still, I'm not deterred. The boy needs a job before he drives both me and himself completely crazy.

The DMV is the last barrier we had to conquer. Hubby isn't happy about the FNU and we will fix it but in the mean time, at least he can start his life here. Why didn't we send it back right away? It's the only ID hubby had that is valid in the US and he needed a picture ID for too many things to mail it back in and wait God only knows how long for someone to correct it.

Do you know anyone who got the big, fat FNU on their green card? How did it affect them getting started here in the US?

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