I am a law graduate from a university in London and intend to become a barrister. I am fortunate enough to be admitted to the Lincolns Inn and my classes are to commence from Sept 28 this year. In order to get a visa, I was issued a passport by the regional passport office in Peshawar and there is a spelling mistake in my name. The person in-charge misspelled my name by missing the first A in Muhammad. It has caused me a great deal of trouble and I am running from pillar to post to get this error fixed. Now, with around 20 days at hand, I have applied for a fresh urgent passport which would be issued to me within seven days. Once I get the passport, I will be intimating my law school to issue me my CAS letter, on the basis of which I would be issued a visa by the British High Commission.

The CAS letter, which has the student’s passport number, is a pre-requisite for visa application. Furthermore, the visa application process itself takes about three weeks under normal circumstances. If I don’t get my fresh passport – and on the basis of that passport my CAS letter and visa – I may not be able to join the upcoming session for which I have even paid the fee. In short, the misspelling of a single alphabet in my name may cost me my career or at least one precious year. I have received an email from my school stating that I should attend the institute for my formal registration on Sept 13 which is by no means possible. The matter is further exacerbated by the fact that no one is there in the department to apologise for such a fatal mistake or at least admit the fault.

Muhammad Kashif, Peshawar, September 1.