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19 Nov 2020

Form DS-160- Everything you need to know

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The first step to apply for a non-immigrant visa to the United States is to file Form DS-160. DS-160 grants temporary residence to people visiting the United States and this form can be submitted online to the Department of State.
This article uncovers everything you need to know about Form DS-160.

Form DS-160 can be quite lengthy and your Visa is highly dependant on this form in addition to an interview with the Embassy/Consulate. A printed copy of the Form DS-160 confirmation page needs to be brought to the interview, in order to proceed with the same.
Form DS-160 needs to be filled by Nonimmigrant Visa applicants, as well as K (fiancé(e)) visa applicants.

How to Fill Application DS-160?

DS-160 has several fields that are required to be filled at the time of application, such as- Personal Information, Travel Information, Travel Companions, Previous U.S. Travel, Address and Phone, Passport, U.S. Contact, Family, Work / Education / Training, and Security and Background. All these fields must be carefully filled and must be answered in English using English-language characters only, except when you are asked to provide your full name in your native alphabet.
Once you start the application process, an application ID is displayed on the top right corner of the page. The applicant needs to note down the application ID for future reference and in case any problems are encountered while filing the application.

Documents needed while filing the application-

The basic set of documents required for filing the application are as follows-

  • Passport

  • Travel itinerary, if you have already made travel arrangements.

  • Dates of your last five visits or trips to the United States, if you have previously traveled to the United States. You may also be asked for your international travel history for the past five years. Your travel history to the United States can be found here.

  • Resumé or CV - You may be required to provide information about your current and previous education and work history.


The document should be signed and dated by the applicant electronically at the end of the form, failing which the application stands void.

DS-160 fee

For most non-petition-based nonimmigrant visas, such as tourist or business visas, the fee is $160. For petition-based visas, the fee is typically $190

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