On April 29, 2008, the Department of State published a final rule at 73 Fed. Reg. 23067 establishing the new DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application, a fully integrated online application form that will be used to collect the necessary application information from persons seeking a nonimmigrant visa. The DS-160 will eventually replace current nonimmigrant application forms DS-156, 157, 158, and other related forms, such as the DS-156E, 156K, and 156V.

The DS-160 is submitted electronically to the Department of State via the Internet. Consular Officers will use the information entered on the DS-160 to process the visa application and, combined with a personal interview, will determine an applicant’s eligibility for a nonimmigrant visa.

Note: The new DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application, is currently being used only at a few selected U.S. Embassy/Consulate locations, but will be expanded to other locations soon. Nonimmigrant visa applicants are advised to check with a specific Embassy to determine whether the Embassy requires nonimmigrant visa applicants to use the new DS-160.

See also: DS-160 Nonimmigrant Electronic Visa Application- Screenshots and Description