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What is form DS 160 new form please reply

new.jpg New DS-160 Online Visa Application Form Requirement Effective May 24, 2010

Effective May 24, 2010, all nonimmigrant visa applicants will be REQUIRED to complete and submit an online visa application form known as the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application. The DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application will replace the current nonimmigrant visa paper application, Forms DS-156/157/158, and other related paper forms.

With demand for U.S. visas continuing to increase worldwide, the U.S. State Department is committed to using new technologies to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the visa application process. The web-based nonimmigrant visa application uses new technologies and replaces existing forms to better serve our visa applicants.

For visa applicants with a visa interview scheduled before May 24, 2010, the DS-156/157/158 and related paper forms will continue to be accepted. Visa applicants with a visa interview scheduled on May 24, 2010, or afterMUST complete the DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application. As DS-157 forms will no longer be accepted after this date, the MRV fee payment slip (blue paper) from the bank must be attached to the DS-160 confirmation page when an applicant appears for a visa interview. Applicants can access the DS-160 from theConsular Electronic Application Center website or from the link on the U.S. Embassy website in Manila.

In order to avoid delays in processing visa applications, visa applicants or their representatives must ensure that the following information is correctly provided:

  • Applicant’s complete name (required format is Surname, First name(s), Middle Name(s))
  • Applicant’s passport information (the passport used in filling out the form must be the same passport presented on the day of interview)
  • Other Name(s) (for married female applicants, type your complete maiden name)
  • Purpose of Trip to the U.S. (if the answer falls under “Other,” it is a requirement to specify the purpose of travel in the blank provided)
  • Primary Occupation (if the answer falls under “Other,” it is a requirement to specify the occupation in the blank provided)
  • Contact Person and Contact Address in the United States
  • Father’s Complete Name (required format is Surname, First name(s), Middle Name(s))
  • Mother’s Complete Maiden Name (required format is Surname, First name(s), Middle Name(s))

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for instructions about the DS-160. If you have a question about filling out the online DS-160 that is not answered in the FAQs, please send us an e-mail.

The only change we are implementing at the current time is the use of the DS-160 in lieu of the Electronic Visa Application Form (EVAF). All other visa application procedures remain the same.

Message updated: May 4, 2010

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines


TheForm DS-160 is the new Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application.

DS-160 U.S. Visa Application Online Form

Guide for filling DS-160 Form

DS160form is a fully integrated online application form and its data will besubmitted electronically (via the Internet) to the Department of State. DS-160form will collect the necessary information from persons seeking a nonimmigrantvisa to the U.S. Based on the information provided in the DS-160 form and thatcombined with the personal interview, the consular officers will determine anapplicant's eligibility for a nonimmigrant visa.

The Form DS-160 is being rolled out at selected U.S. Embassy and Consulatelocations.

Complete roll out schedule forU.S. Embassy and Consulates worldwide

The DS-160 form is easy to use, has interactive help and it does not requirethe use of intermediaries.

Uploadinga Digital Photograph

Withthe DS-160 online form, you will need to upload your digital photograph.

Photograph Requirements


FormDS-160 replaces Forms DS-156, DS-156K, DS-156V, DS-157, DS-158 and DS-3032.

Exception for E Visa: for E-2 visaapplicant (Principal Investor), only DS-160 form needs to be filled. For TreatyTrader (E-1) or an Executive/Manager/Essential Employee, you will need tocomplete the DS-160 and and you or your employer will needto complete the paper DS-156E. When DS-161 is released, this would notbe required any longer.

Previously, you needed to print various forms and carry them to the interview.You just have to carry the confirmation sheet , along with other relevantdocuments. This makes it easier for the applicants.

Secureand Faster

Asthe information provided by the applicant is directly available to theConsulate, it provides greater privacy. Correctly filled out applications willmake the visa process faster and more efficient.

Consular officers may pre-process and pre-screen the data submitted by theapplicants, even before the actual personal interview. That would help reducingprocessing delays.

The new DS-160 form assists the U.S. Department of State in collecting requiredinformation accurately the first time. Also, as the form is web-based, it canbe revised and improved, as necessary.


TheForm DS-160 is completely electronic. The DS-160 form is filled out andsubmitted online, and all data from the submitted form is stored directly inthe DOS (Department of State) database.

On the other hand, earlier Form DS-156 was partially electronic. DS-156 wasfilled online, but printed out and submitted with rest of the documents for thevisa application. The print out of the DS-156 form contained the barcode thatcontained some of the form data. When the barcode was scanned at the consulate, it would enter some of the data into the DOSdatabase so that consulate would not have to retype all of the form data intothe system.


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