DOS Launches New DS-160 Form

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 11062763 (posted Jun. 27, 2011)"

The Department of State (DOS) has launched the anticipated new version of the Form DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application.

The form's new version clarifies, in no uncertain terms, that the applicant - and no one else - must electronically sign and submit the DS-160 form. As part of a newly formatted opening page, the DS-160 advises applicants to:

"be aware that under U.S. law you must electronically sign and submit your own application unless you qualify for an exception. This means that you (the applicant) must check the 'Sign Application' button, even if someone else helped you fill the application out."

To emphasize the point, the DOS even adds the following language to the above warning:

"If someone else clicks the button instead of you, your application may not be accepted."

This same warning is repeated several times throughout the DS-160 and the associated Confirmation page.

Other changes on the new form include six new questions relating to possible grounds of inadmissibility.

Please make sure to review the DOS instructions and Frequently Asked Questions pages for additional information.