The DS-160 form is an electronic application for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa.The DS-160 is a complete online form and must be completed by all applicants seeking a U.S. nonimmigrant visa. The application form includes questions about the individual, contact, passport and travel information, previous travel to the United States (if any), family information, and education and employment history.
In addition, the DS-160 form for U.S. visa applications asks security-related questions about your background and requires you to upload a photograph of yourself.
Instructions for completing the DS-160 form
Completing the online DS 160 application form is not difficult. If you follow a few simple steps and pay attention to the answers, you can fill the DS 160 form online correctly and without any errors.
Where to Fill Form DS 160?
The first thing you need to know is where to fill out your DS 160, which you can find on the Consular Electronic Application Center website.
However, you can also use the services of a third-party provider such as TravelAssist.
Documents You Need to Complete DS 160 Electronic Form
Next, gather some documents and have them ready while you fill out your application. You will need to see these documents when you fill out the form, as there are many questions about information you may not have remembered.
- Your valid passport.
- Your travel itinerary.
- Dates of all international travel you have taken in the last five years, including travel to the United States.
- Information about your current and past educational and employment history.
- You will also need to have some additional documents on hand if you are applying for certain U.S. nonimmigrant visas. These are as follows.
- Student/Exchange Visitor (F, J, M) – You will need your SEVIS ID and the address of the school/program where you plan to study. This information can be found on your I-20 or DS-2019 form.
- Petition-based temporary workers (H-1B, H-2, H-3, CW1, L, O, P, R, E2C) – A copy of Form I-129 is required.
- Other Temporary Workers – You must have your prospective employer’s address and other information ready.
Next, log in and begin filling out the form. Before you start filling out the form, make sure you have a strong internet connection and enough time to complete the DS 160 electronic form. Do not rush to fill it out, you may miss something. You will need to answer some questions, so take your time.
First, select the location where you want to apply for your visa. If you are applying for the first time, click the “Start an Application” button next.
Complete the security question
You must complete this section to receive your unique login ID and for online security reasons. Please select the security question and remember the answer you entered. You may need it the next time you log in.
Start answering the questions
After completing the first two pages of the application form, you will be asked to answer questions about your application. The questions are grouped into four categories
- Personal questions
- Information about your family
- Information about work/education/training
- Questions about safety
Below are all the questions on the DS 160 application form.
- First and Last Name.
- Please enter your full name in the alphabet of your native language.
- Spouse status.
- Date and place of birth.
- Country of origin.
- Do you have a nationality other than the one indicated?
- Do you have permanent residence in a country other than your country of origin?
- Home address.
- Telephone numbers (business and home).
- E-mail address.
- Passport information. Number, date of issue, and expiration date.
- Purpose of your trip to the U.S. (you may need to specify).
- Do you have specific travel plans? If so, you must include your expected arrival date, length of stay, address, and whether you will be traveling with anyone.
- Information about previous visits to the United States. If you have ever traveled to the U.S., received a U.S. visa, or been denied a visa or denied entry to the U.S.
- U.S. informants (if applicable), including their relationship to you and their home address.
- Full names of parents.
- Do you have any relatives in the U.S.?
- Spouse’s name, date of birth, and place of birth.
- Please briefly describe your primary job, address, start date, monthly salary in local currency, and duties.
- Have you ever worked before?
- Have you attended an educational institution at the secondary level or higher?
- What languages do you speak?
- Have you traveled in the last 5 years?
- Have you ever belonged to, contributed to, or worked for a professional, social, or charitable organization?
- Do you have any special skills or training, such as experience with firearms, explosives, nuclear, biological, or chemical agents?
- Have you ever served in the military?
- Have you ever been a member of a paramilitary, vigilante, insurgent, guerrilla, or rebel organization?
- Do you have a communicable disease of public health significance? Communicable diseases of public health significance are those defined by the Department of Health and Human Services, including macular degeneration, gonorrhea, inguinal granuloma, infectious leprosy, inguinal lymphogranuloma, infectious syphilis, and active tuberculosis.
- Do you have a mental or physical disorder that threatens or may threaten your safety or the welfare of others?
- Are you or have you ever been a substance abuser or drug addict?
- Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, even if you were pardoned, amnestied, or similarly treated? This includes all arrests and detentions, including those made at the border and by Customs and Border Protection.
- Have you ever violated or been involved in a conspiracy to violate any laws relating to controlled substances?
- Have you traveled to the United States to engage in prostitution or an illegal commercial vice, or have you engaged in prostitution or procuring prostitutes within the last 10 years?
- Have you ever been involved in money laundering or are you about to be involved in money laundering?
- Have you ever committed or conspired to commit a crime of human trafficking in the United States or outside the United States?
- Have you ever knowingly aided, abetted, or conspired with a person who has committed or intends to commit a serious trafficking crime in the United States or outside the United States?
- Are you the spouse, son, or daughter of a person who has committed or conspired to commit a human trafficking offense in the United States or outside the United States, and have you knowingly profited from human trafficking activities in the past five years?
- Are you the spouse, son, or daughter of a person identified by the President of the United States as substantially engaged in a serious form of human trafficking, and have you knowingly benefited from human trafficking activities in the past five years?
- Are you the spouse, son, or daughter of a person who has violated laws relating to trafficking in controlled substances, and have you knowingly profited from illegal activity in the past five years?
- Are you attempting to commit espionage, sabotage, export control violations, or other illegal activities while in the United States?
- Are you attempting to engage in, or have you ever engaged in, terrorist activities while in the United States?
- Have you provided, or do you intend to provide, financial or other support to terrorists or terrorist organizations?
- Are you a member or agent of a terrorist organization?
- Have you ordered, instigated, carried out, supported, or otherwise participated in genocide?
- Have you ever committed, ordered, instigated, supported, or otherwise participated in torture?
- Have you ever committed, ordered, instigated, supported, or otherwise participated in extrajudicial killings, political killings, or other acts of violence?
- Have you ever participated in the recruitment or use of child soldiers?
- While serving as a government employee, have you ever been responsible for or directly carried out a particularly serious violation of religious freedom?
- Have you ever been directly involved in the imposition or enforcement of population control, such as forcing abortion against a woman’s free choice or forcing sterilization against a man or woman’s free will?
- Have you ever been directly involved in the forcible transplantation of organs or body tissue?
- Have you ever attempted to obtain, or assisted another person in obtaining, a visa, entry into the United States, or other U.S. immigration benefits through fraud, willful misrepresentation, or other unlawful means?
- Have you ever given custody of a U.S. citizen child who is outside the United States to a person who has been awarded custody by a U.S. court?
- Have you ever voted in the United States in violation of any law or regulation?
- Have you ever renounced your U.S. citizenship for the purpose of tax avoidance?
Upload DS-160 Form Photo
At the very end of the DS-160 form, you must upload a digital photo of your face. The photo must have been taken within the last six months and must meet the requirements and specifications of other U.S. visa photos.
Please note that the maximum size of the photo you can upload is 240kb or less. If your photo meets the guidelines after uploading, you will see a green check mark indicating that the photo meets the quality standards.
Submit the Form
Once you have uploaded your photo, you will be shown where to submit your US non-immigrant visa application. It is a good idea to remember this location or write it down somewhere.
You will then need to sign the application electronically by clicking on “Sign and Submit Application”.
You have now completed the first step of your U.S. nonimmigrant visa application.
Print DS-160 Barcode Page
Once your application is complete, you will receive a confirmation page that you should print and bring with you on the day of your U.S. visa interview; you will not be able to appear for your interview without the confirmation on Form DS-160.
DS 160 Form Validity
Form DS-160 is valid for 30 days from the date you fill it out. So, if you begin your application on January 1, your DS 160 form will be valid until January 31. Please note that if you do not complete the form within the time limit, you will have to start over.
DS 160 Form Visa Fee
There is no fee for the DS 160 form. However, you must pay the fee for the U.S. visa you are applying for. The fee for most U.S. nonimmigrant visas is $160, but some are more expensive. The fees for all U.S. visas can be found here.
Frequently asked Questions
What is DS 160 confirmation number?
The DS 160 confirmation number is the number you receive after you fill out, sign, and submit the form. This number is your confirmation that you have completed this step.
Can DS 160 form be edited after submission?
Once you have signed and submitted your DS 160 form, you will not be able to edit it once it has been submitted. However, you can edit your DS 160 form in two ways.
- If you have submitted a DS 160 form within the last 30 days, you can access and edit your application in the Consular Electronic Application Center system.
- Another option is to create an entirely new application. On the day of your appointment, bring the confirmation page of both your original DS-160 form and your revised DS-160 form.
How to retrieve DS 160 form after submission?
You may recall your DS 160 form visa application within 30 days of the date you signed and submitted your application. Please follow these steps
- Log into the Consular Electronic Application Center system.
- Enter the identification number of your application.
- Select “Retrieve an Application.”
- When you create a new application, all of your previous application will be displayed.
- Edit the information as needed.
- Submit the application again.
Should I print the whole application?
No, you do not need to print the entire application; you only need to print the confirmation page of the DS 160 form. You will not be able to submit your application materials or conduct a visa interview without this confirmation page.