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All categories of immigrant visa applicants must use Form DS-260, Online Immigrant Visa Application, including:
- Immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs)
- Employment-based and investor visa applicants
- Returning residents (SB-1)
- Diversity visa applicants
If your interview was scheduled before September 1, 2013, you may submit Form DS-230 instead of DS-260 at the interview.
Attention: Applicants immigrating as fiancées of U.S. citizens should submit DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form.
Each applicant - including children - must have their own DS-260 visa application. The DS-260 form must be submitted online and the printed confirmation page must be brought to the interview. The U.S. Embassy will not accept handwritten or typed applications.
When you sign your DS-260 electronically, you are certifying that all the information contained in it is true and correct. Misrepresenting any facts could render you ineligible to enter the United States. Please double-check that all your answers are accurate and that every question is answered completely.
Note: Any inquiries on completing the DS-260 can be addressed on the following website, http://usvisas.state.gov/immigrants/info/info_5248.html. We are unable to answer any questions or provide guidance on this process.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding online DS-260 Form
- What do I need to complete and submit forms online?
- Where can I find the DS-260?
- Can I answer in my native language?
- Are all fields on the DS-260 mandatory?
- What happens if I need to step away in the middle of data entry?
- How do I access a previously saved DS-260?
- Do I bring my entire application with me to the interview, or do I just bring the confirmation page?
- I am traveling with my family. Can I create a family application?
- The Consulate denied my application because my DS-260 contained errors or was incomplete. What does this mean and what do I need to do next?
Q.1 What do I need to complete and submit forms online?
You must have:
- Internet access
- Your National Visa Center (NVC) Case Number (refer to the message you received from NVC)
- Your Invoice ID number (refer to the message you received from NVC)
Please note: Cases with no Invoice ID number may enter the applicant’s date of birth in the following format – YYYYMMDD – as a substitute invoice number.
Q.2 Where can I find the DS-260?
You can access the DS-260 from the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) website, by going to ImmigrantVisas.state.gov and clicking on “Submit Visa Application and Civil Documents,” or on the website of the U.S. Embassy where you will apply.
Q.3 Can I answer in my native language?
No. All answers, except as specially provided, must be in English, using English characters only. Applications submitted in any language other than English may be rejected, and you will be required to log back into the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) and provide English answers.
Q.4 Are all fields on the DS-260 mandatory?
Most fields on the DS-260 are mandatory. You may leave fields marked “Optional” blank. Some fields may also give you the option to select “Does Not Apply.” If a field does not apply to you, you may mark the box next to “Does Not Apply.” All other fields must be completed: the application will not allow you to submit a form with any mandatory fields left blank. In this instance, an error message will be displayed and you will be required to complete the field before continuing with the application. If you do not answer questions that apply, your form may be rejected.
Q.5 What happens if I need to step away in the middle of data entry?
You may save your partially completed DS-260 at any time by clicking on the "Save" button at the bottom of every page. If you need to step away, simply click the "Save" button to save your progress, and click on "Sign Out" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. All data that you entered up to the point of clicking on "Save" will be stored until you are ready to continue completing the form.
To ensure your privacy if you step away in the middle of data entry, the DS-260 has a “time out” feature. If your DS-260 application is idle for approximately 20 minutes, CEAC will log you off. All data that you entered up to the last time you clicked "Save" will be stored until you are ready to continue completing the form. Any data that you entered after clicking "Save" will be lost.
Q.6 How do I access a previously saved DS-260?
You can access your saved application by returning to the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) website. Once there, you need to identify which application is yours. To do so, provide the information requested. Once you recover your application, you will have to review information you previously provided before returning to the point where you left off. Once you are satisfied that the information in your application is correct and complete, you may submit the application. Please be aware that once you submit your application, by clicking the “Sign and Submit Application” button on the "Sign and Submit" page, you will be unable to access your application again without the assistance of NVC or the U.S. embassy at which you plan to apply.
Q.7 Do I bring my entire application with me to the interview, or do I just bring the confirmation page?
You should not bring your entire application with you to your interview. Your confirmation page is all that is needed to retrieve your application data and process your visa case.
Q.8 I am traveling with my family. Can I create a family application?
No. Each member attending an immigrant visa interview must have their own, separate DS-260. This includes children.
Q.9 The Consulate denied my application because my DS-260 contained errors or was incomplete. What does this mean and what do I need to do next?
The DS-260 should contain truthful information and each question should be answered out as completely as possible. If your case was denied because your DS-260 must be corrected, please visit the Consular Electronic Application Center, re-enter your application, correct the information as requested by the Consulate, and save your changes.
Any inquiries on completing the DS-260 will be addressed on the following website: http://usvisas.state.gov/immigrants/info/info_5248.html.
The DS-260 form is online here.