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Form DS-160, also known as the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, is a mandatory form for all nonimmigrant visa applicants to the United States. The form must be filled out online and submitted electronically. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to fill out Form DS-160:

  1. Access the form: Go to the official website of the U.S. Department of State, select the “Apply” button. Then select the “Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160)” option. You can access this Form DS-160 directly here. It will look this.
  2. Create an account: Once you are on the DS-160 page, select your country, enter the code shown on your screen then click on the “Start an Application” button to create an account. You will be required to provide your email address and select a security question and answer.
  3. Complete the form: You will be taken to the DS-160 application form. Fill out all the required fields, including personal information, travel plans, and employment history. The government estimates that it will take roughly 90 minutes to complete the form. Be sure to review all the information before submitting. You can save your progress as you complete the form, and return to it later as long as you complete the process within 30 days. You can also save your DS-160 to your computer’s hard drive and upload it again when you’re ready to continue. Click here to read how to fill the different parts of the form.
  4. Upload a photo: You will be required to upload a passport-style photograph of yourself. The photo must meet certain specifications, such as being in color and taken within the last six months.
  5. Submit the form: Once you have completed the form and uploaded your photo, click the “Sign and Submit” button to send your application. You will receive a confirmation page with a barcode that you must print and bring to your visa interview.
  6. Pay the application fee: You will need to pay the non-refundable visa application fee, which varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for.
  7. Schedule an interview: After you have submitted your application and paid the fee, you will need to schedule an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate in your country. See sample interview questions here.

It’s important to note that you should answer all questions truthfully and completely. Failure to provide accurate information could result in delays or even denial of your visa application.

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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