Full Name In Native Alphabet

Immigration Forms and “Full name in Native Language”

What does ‘full name in Native Alphabet’ mean?

‘Full name in Native Alphabet’ means the first name, the middle name, and the last name in non-roman characters/ your native language (the one you were born in your native country). When filling the DS 160 form, it is applicable to all the Indian, Arabic, Hebrew, German, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, and all other nationals whose native alphabet does not have Roman characters. 

Use of Native Alphabet in Immigration Forms :

Many immigration forms including DS 160 have a section in them that requests the applicants to fill their name and address in their native alphabet. They instruct the applicant to handwrite it after the form is printed out. It is useful when USCIS needs to send out the form to the person’s permanent address if need be. 

Is it mandatory to fill in the details in the native alphabet in the immigration forms?

To complete a form and process smoothly without any glitch, it is best advised to write all the information in the way it has been requested for.

What is a Telecode and what is its importance with respect to DS 160 form?

A telecode is a four-digit code to represent a character in a native speaker’s language. They can identify 16,356 Chinese characters and are arranged in two planes- Plane 1 and plane 2.

You can visit this link for a better technical understanding of how telecodes function  

Also known as the Chinese Commercial Code (CCC), telecodes are an old communication method used to transmit Chinese alphabets through electronic cable. These are used by Asian countries or other countries that use non-roman alphabets (if the telecoding technology is available to them).

For those of you who are Chinese Nationals, you need to write their Full name in Native Alphabet and as well as provide telecodes for your name in DS 160 form. If it is not applicable to others then just select the “Does not apply/ technology not available” option. 

Telecodes are important when the information in non-roman characters needs to be transmitted through the electronic cable or another related medium.

Now that some information about the full name in native alphabet, telecoding, and its importance, and relevance to DS 160 form has been covered, let’s move on to understand some additional information about the DS 160.

Chinese Telecode

DS 160 and its relevance to the immigration process :

DS 160 is the non-immigrant visa application form that needs to be filled by the applicant and submitted in order to pursue a visa request. This can be done in lieu of a temporary journey to the US or the individuals holding the K-1 visa (fiancé visa) and are planning to get married.

It costs between $160-$190. It is an online form to be submitted to the US Department of State through the website only. 

The information that you provide in the form is used by the Authorities during the visa interview to validate your details and decide whether you should get approval for a visa.

Here are a few important documents and information you need to have close by before you start filling out the DS 160 application :

  • Your passport details (like the name on passport, date of issuance, expiry date, passport book and card number, date of birth, etc.) and travel itinerary details.
  • Details of your family (parent’s name and occupation, their contact details, email id., residential address. 
  • Details of your contacts in the US/ relatives staying in the US, their address, and other contact information.
  • Your address in the US.
  • Personal travel and employment history (past or current organization name and address, income details, address of the company, etc.)
  • Your national ID number provided by your native country, social security number, and TAX ID number.
  • Work, education, and training details. 
  • Last, but not least, please ensure that your internet connection is secured and fast so that there is no disruption in the process of filling and submitting the application form successfully.

If you are looking to apply for a non-immigrant visa, you may click on this link to access DS 160 form

Once you click on the above link, you will be directed to the first page of the form where you need to enter your location where you want to apply for a visa and a captcha code as given. Right below that is the ‘start your application’ bar. You can click on that and proceed with filling out the form. 

Once you are redirected to the next page you will find your application ID and will be asked to answer a security question. Please note them down carefully for any future references.

In case you forget your application ID, you can retrieve it by clicking on this link and answering your security question.

USCIS Application ID

Please note that if you are away from your computer and there is no activity for about 20 minutes, the session will expire and you will have to redo it all over again. It will be a good idea to save your file in your drive if you have to take a break in between.

What languages can you fill the form in?

The DS 160 application form needs to be filled in English characters only. The fields that are exempt from this rule are the ones that need your name and address to be in the native alphabet. However, translations of the questions are available in the drop-down for a better understanding of the question and to answer appropriately. 

Can we make corrections to the DS 160 form?

If you have put in wrong information in the form, you can visit the Consular electronic application Center site.

Enter your barcode or confirmation number on the second page of the application form, and answer the security questions as asked. You will get access to the DS 160 form and make corrections to the fields needed. But this has to be done within 30 days from the date of submitting the form. Alternatively, if you have saved the file originally, then make changes to that file and resubmit it online.

You need to take the resubmitted form with the correct information as well as the previously submitted form during your visa interview.

National Identification Number

What is a National Identification Number?

A national identification number, also known as the National ID code is a unique set of numbers in a document issued by the federal governing body or the authorized department of a particular country to identify an individual and track them down if needed for security purposes.

The Social Security Number or the SSN is the National identification number that is reserved for the citizens of the United States. It is a set of 9 digits, the first three of which relate back to the area you live in, the two number in the middle being group numbers and the last three are your own individualized serial numbers.

What about National Identification Numbers for India?

When it comes to National Identification Numbers in India, Indians do not have any other official National Identification Number. The Indian government does not endorse the Aadhar Card as a National Identification Number.

Is it mandatory to have a National Identification number for DS 160?

There are countries that do not issue National identification numbers. In case you are from one such country, please mention ‘does not apply’ in the DS 160 application form.


So, with all that information provided above, I hope it is much easier now to understand the concept of Full name in Native Alphabet. These technical terms are complicated to understand sometimes, aren’t they…!

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ’s)

Why do we need to put in ‘Full name in native alphabet’ in DS 160?

DS 160 asks for a ‘full name and address in the native alphabet’ so that the USCIS can send out the form to the applicant’s permanent address if there is a need. 

What is telecode?

Telecode is a set of 4-digit code used to interpret a character in the person’s native language. It is most commonly used by Chinese nationals.

Why is telecode important?

Telecode is used to transmit non-roman characters through an electronic cable which in return helps in apt communication of the details. 

Is telecode applicable to everyone when filling a DS 160?

Telecode is not applicable to everyone. There is a provision to check on the “does not apply/ technology not available option” if it is not applicable to you. 

Is it mandatory to fill in all the information on DS 160 form?

While most of the fields in the DS 10 form are mandatory, there are few optional fields as well. You can just enter ‘not applicable’ to those fields. 

As children require additional forms and legally cannot form binding agreements, can parents sign the DS-160 forms for them?

If your child is a minor (under the age of 16 ) or physically incapable of signing the DS 160 form, then you can sign on their behalf as a parent. 

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