On April 29, 2008, the Department of State published a final rule at 73 FR 23067 (April 29, 2008) establishing authority for Form DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application, a fully integrated online application form used to collect the necessary application information from persons seeking a nonimmigrant visa. The DS-160 replaced previous 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 use the information entered on the DS-160 to process the visa application and, combined with a personal interview, to determine an applicant’s eligibility for a nonimmigrant visa.

Also see: DS-160 Nonimmigrant Electronic Visa Application- Screenshots and Description.