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DS-160 Visa Form

DS-160 Visa Form

Non-Immigrant Visas

The DS-160 Visa Form

Nonimmigrant visa applicants applying for a visa, on or after, 01 March 2010, will be required to complete the new DS-160.

The DS-160 is web-based and once completed, transmits the applicant’s data to the post where s/he will apply for the visa. As the data is collected electronically, it means that we will be able to conduct various forms of pre-processing and pre-screening in advance of the application which should reduce processing delays. It also means that applicants who apply for visas on a frequent basis can save their original application and simply submit the updated form.

The DS-160 form may be accessed at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/

Before accessing the DS-160, please note the following points:

  • As you complete the visa application, save a copy on your hard drive, CD or USB and ‘save’ often;
  • Provide accurate and complete information in answer to the questions. You will be given an opportunity to review the information before submitting the form. If you submit a DS-160 that is inaccurate or incomplete, your application will be rejected;
  • Review the Department of State photo specifications (LINK TO http://travel.state.gov/visa/guide/guide_3888.html) before uploading the photograph. If your photo does not comply, it will be rejected;
  • Select the correct location at which you will apply for the visa;
  • Select the correct visa category under "Purpose of Travel to the United States" in the "Travel Information Section" - the drop down list will appear in answer to the question" Are you the Principal Applicant".   If you do not see your visa category, click on “Other” for further information;
  • Print the Confirmation Sheet in Portrait format.

A full list of nonimmigrant visa types may be found here.