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U.S. Nonimmigrant Visas: Completing Form DS-160

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Tips to help you complete Form DS-160, the U.S. nonimmigrant visa application form.

This SlideShare presentation covers
1) How to get started
2) How to update your Form DS-160/retrieve your DS-160 confirmation page
3) How to resolve a technical issue
4) How to upload a photograph
5) What to do if you are unsure how to answer a particular question

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U.S. Nonimmigrant Visas: Completing Form DS-160

  1. 1. Nonimmigrant Visas Completing Form DS-160
  2. 2. Completing Form DS-160 is the first step in applying for a nonimmigrant visa This presentation will cover: 1 • How to get started 2 • How to update your form or retrieve your confirmation page 3 • How to resolve a technical issue 4 • How to upload a photo 5 • What to do if you are unsure how to answer a particular question
  3. 3. How do I get started?
  4. 4. How do I get started? Form DS-160 is available online at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv Select the location where you will submit your application: England, London or Northern Ireland, Belfast not where you will complete the form Remember to regularly save the form and write down your DS-160 number
  5. 5. How do I get started? A completed Form DS-160 is required for every applicant, including children Form DS-160 is dynamic based on the information you provide You should answer all questions truthfully and to the best of your ability
  6. 6. How do I update my Form DS-160/ retrieve my confirmation page?
  7. 7. How do I update my Form DS-160/ retrieve my confirmation page? If you saved your Form DS-160 while completing it, you may retrieve it at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv if you need to make changes If you did not save your Form DS-160, do not know your DS-160 confirmation number or are unable to retrieve the form, you will be required to complete a new Form DS-160
  8. 8. How do I update my Form DS-160/ retrieve my confirmation page? If you need to change information regarding the type of visa you are applying for or amend a security answer, you may retrieve your application to make such changes or complete a new form For minor changes such as biographical information or travel plans, you may discuss this at the time of your appointment
  9. 9. If you complete a new Form DS-160 there is no need to schedule a new visa interview or pay a new application fee You must print and bring the new Form DS-160 confirmation page to your visa interview Please inform the consular officer during your interview that your DS-160 confirmation number has changed
  10. 10. If you decide to apply for a visa in Belfast rather than London, or vice versa – complete a new Form DS-160 and bring the new confirmation page to your interview If you wish to apply elsewhere, you will be required to contact that Embassy or Consulate General about their application procedures - it is not possible to transfer your visa application or visa fee
  11. 11. I am experiencing technical difficulties Can you help?
  12. 12. I am experiencing technical difficulties Can you help? 1 • Use a desktop or laptop PC rather than a mobile device 2 • Make sure your browser is up-to-date 3 • If the issue persists, try a different browser and/or computer 4 • If you continue to experience network issues, please try again later When completing Form DS-160 we advise you:
  13. 13. If the technical issue concerns uploading a photo: You must try to upload a photo meeting the Department of State requirements at least once The photo must be a JPEG file that is 240 Kb or less in size If you remain unable to upload a photo you may select
  14. 14. You should bring your photograph to your visa interview in case it is requested for review by the consular officer Check our SlideShare Presentation at http://www.slideshare.net/USAinUK/ds160- visa-photo-requirements to make sure your photograph meets the requirements
  15. 15. I’m unsure how to answer a question Can you help?
  16. 16. I’m unsure how to answer a question Can you help? Don’t know which visa class to apply for? Please see our website at https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/visa- directory/ It lists each visa class - including the B-1 (business) and B-2 (tourist) visas – and the activities permissible with each type of visa
  17. 17. Wondering about the B-1/B-2 visa? If you are traveling for both business and tourism, you may select the combined B-1/B-2 visa A C-1 visa covers transit, however if you will travel for both transit and tourism purposes, either now or in the future, you may apply for a B-1/B-2 visa
  18. 18. I’m unsure how to answer a question Can you help? If a question is mandatory but does not apply to you, you may type “does not apply” If you are unsure how to answer a question, please answer to the best of your ability You can discuss any areas of concern with the consular officer on the day of your visa interview
  19. 19. You will be asked to provide information on your proposed travel plans You are not required to book your tickets, accommodation or activities In fact, as visa issuance is not guaranteed we advise you against making any final travel plans unless you have received your passport containing a valid visa
  20. 20. DS-160 Pointers 1 • Are you sure you need a visa? You may want to look into the Visa Waiver Program before completing Form DS-160 2 • If you are asked about your education history, make sure you list all schools, colleges or universities you have attended since age 11 3 • List all names you have ever been known by, including middle names and maiden names – even if you no longer use them
  21. 21. …Remember 1 • Completing Form DS-160 is the first step in applying for a nonimmigrant visa 2 • Select the location where you will apply for the visa, not the location where you are completing Form DS-160 3 • If you have saved your Form DS-160, you may update it/ retrieve your DS-160 confirmation page if required 4 • If you complete a new Form DS-160 there is no need to schedule a new appointment or pay a new application fee 5 • You must print out your DS-160 confirmation page and bring it to your visa interview
  22. 22. Once you have completed your Form DS-160 create a Visa Appointment Service account at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-GB to pay your visa fee and make arrangements for the return of your passport if your visa application is successful That is also where you will book your visa interview, if required – remember, all visa applicants aged 14-79 are required to attend a visa interview
  23. 23. If your plans change… If you find you no longer need to apply for a visa and have only completed Form DS-160, no further action is required If you scheduled a visa interview, you will be required to cancel it at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-gb/niv Be aware, your visa fee is non-transferable and non-refundable but remains valid for 12 months from the date of payment
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