The Form DS-160 is used for the US Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application.
DS-160 U.S. Visa Application Online Form
DS160 form is a fully integrated online application form and its data will be submitted electronically (via the Internet) to the Department of State. DS-160 form will collect the necessary information from persons seeking a nonimmigrant visa to the U.S. Based on the information provided in the DS-160 form and that combined with the personal interview, the consular officers will determine an applicant’s eligibility for a nonimmigrant visa.
The DS-160 form is easy to use, has interactive help and it does not require the use of intermediaries.
With the DS-160 online form, you will need to upload your digital photograph.
Form DS-160 replaces Forms DS-156, DS-156K, DS-156V, DS-157, DS-158, and DS-3032.
Exception for E Visa: for E-2 visa applicant (Principal Investor), only DS-160 form needs to be filled. For Treaty Trader (E-1) or an Executive/Manager/Essential Employee, you will need to complete the DS-160 and you or your employer will need to complete the paper DS-156E.
Once you complete the DS-160 form online, you have just have to carry the confirmation page. This makes it easier for the applicants.
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As the information provided by the applicant is directly available to the Consulate, it provides greater privacy. Correctly filled out applications will make the visa process faster and more efficient.
Consular officers may pre-process and pre-screen the data submitted by the applicants, even before the actual personal interview. That would help reducing processing delays.
The DS-160 form assists the U.S. Department of State in collecting required information accurately the first time. Also, as the form is web-based, it can be revised and improved, as necessary.
The Form DS-160 is completely electronic. The DS-160 form is filled out and submitted online, and all data from the submitted form is stored directly in the DOS (Department of State) database.