How Do You Use a Printable DS-160 Form to Apply for a U.S. Visa?

To apply for any nonimmigrant visa category for temporary travel to the United States, complete the DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application form and submit it electronically through the U.S. Department of State website. Then, print and keep the barcode page to present at the visa interview appointment. Applicants are responsible for scheduling their own visa interview appointments with the relevant U.S. embassy or consulate. Applicants can access DS-160 through the Consular Electronic Application Center website.

While all applicants must bring the printed DS-160 barcode page to their visa interview appointment, other country-specific instructions may apply. A country-specific visa application processing fee applies. The printed confirmation page of the DS-160 form must have the application ID number. To reprint the confirmation page, visit the Consular Electronic Application Center website, choose the appropriate embassy or consulate, and choose Option C-Retrieve Application. Enter the application ID number, and then print the barcode page.

To complete the form, have your passport, your travel itinerary, the dates of your last five U.S. visits and your resume on hand. Some applicants may be able to correct and resubmit denied applications. To proceed with a corrected application, reprint the confirmation page and contact the embassy or consulate where you applied for further instructions.