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US Travel Visa: How to Fill Out Form DS-160


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To begin filling out Form DS-160, you’ll select the location where you plan to apply for your visa. Don’t worry if you need to change locations later; you can schedule your interview at a different embassy or consulate if needed.

On the following page, you’ll see your Application ID, which you should write down along with the answer to a security question to access your application again later. You can also find your Application ID on the top right corner of each page of the DS-160. If you forget your Application ID, you can retrieve it using your security question.

Remember that your saved Form DS-160 will only be available for 30 days, but you can download and upload it again later.

The DS-160 form is divided into twelve parts, with each section requiring specific information. Click here to download a sample for home practice. Here’s a breakdown of each section:

Part 1: Personal Information – This section requires your name, date of birth, marital status, nationality, passport or national identification numbers, and your U.S. social security or taxpayer ID number, if applicable.

Part 2: Travel Information – Here, you’ll explain your travel plans, including the purpose of your trip, your dates of arrival and departure, and the U.S. address where you’ll be staying. You can provide estimated dates if you don’t have specific plans.

Part 3: Travel Companions – This section is for anyone traveling with you, such as family, friends, or members of an organized tour group.

Part 4: Previous U.S. Travel – If you’ve visited the United States before, you’ll need to provide dates and details. You’ll also indicate if you’ve ever been denied a U.S. visa or filed an immigrant petition with USCIS.

Part 5: Address and Phone Number – Enter your current address, phone number, and email address. You’ll also list all social media accounts you’ve used in the past 5 years.

Part 6: Passport Information – This section requires your passport information and whether you’ve ever had a passport lost or stolen.

Part 7: U.S. Point of Contact – You’ll list a person or organization in the United States who knows you and can verify your identity.

Part 8: Relatives – Provide basic information about your parents, and your spouse’s name, date of birth, nationality, and home address if you’re married.

Part 9: Work, Education, and Training – Here, you’ll provide details about your occupation, education, employment history, travel history, special skills, and memberships in military groups, charities, or professional organizations.

Part 10: Security and Background Information – Answer “yes” or “no” to 25 questions on security and background issues. Take care when answering, as mistakes could adversely affect your application.

Part 11: Applicant Photo – Upload a photo of yourself that meets U.S. Department of State guidelines. You’ll still need to bring a printed photograph to your visa interview.

Part 12: Review, Confirm Location, Sign, and Submit – Review your entire form for accuracy, confirm your application location, read and accept the terms and conditions, and submit the form. Print the confirmation page and bring it to your visa interview.

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Nystrom Pernilla
Nystrom Pernilla
Pernilla is a certified Educational and Travel Advisor with over 20 years experience and providing his services in 36 countries across 5 continents.


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