DS-156, Nonimmigrant Visa Form
All nonimmigrant visa (visitor visa, H1 visa, student visa etc.) applicants need to fill DS-156, nonimmigrant visa form. Each traveler must have a separate application form and must sign it by hand.

Sample DS-156 that gives detailed guidance for each question in DS-156 form.

Online appointment:
If you are applying online, (available only for people in India) you don't have to fill DS-156 again all the details in that form will be collected online. After entering all the details online, you will have to print that form, affix photograph to it and use that form. Printed DS-156 will have a bar code and visa fee receipt number printed on it.

DS-156 MUST be printed back-to-back on 8 1/2 x 11 paper (standard paper size in US) or on A4 paper (standard paper size in India). Two-paged applications will not be accepted.


Offline appointment:
You can either fill the form online and take a print out that contains bar code or you can just fill the paper form on the web site and take a print out or you can print it out and write it by hand.
  • Online form with barcode: Once you fill it online, take a print out. It prints the form with barcode which makes it faster for US consulate to process your form.

  • Fillable PDF form: It is a fillable PDF file. You can enter the details online and take a print out or you can first print it and write it by hand.
    Effective Nov 1, 2006, handwritten or typed form will not be accepted in India. You must generate it online.
DS-156 MUST be printed back-to-back on 8 1/2 x 11 paper (standard paper size in US) or on A4 paper (standard paper size in India). Two-paged applications will not be accepted.