How Do You Fill Out the DS-260 Immigrant Visa Electronic Application?

Applicants fill out the DS-260 immigration visa electronic form by accessing it on the Consular Electronic Application Center website or the local U.S. consulate or embassy website and filling in all the mandatory fields, reports the U.S. Department of State. Each qualifying family member must complete a separate Form DS-260 after paying the relevant fees. Applicants must complete Forms DS-260 using English characters in English language only.

On the CEAC website, applicants log in using an invoice number and case number that the National Visa Center provides with their welcome letters after approval of their immigration petition, explains Nolo. Applicants must typically wait a few days between submission of fees and access to Form DS-260. The form asks for personal information such as all names that applicants have used in the past, all their past home addresses, educational history, work history and details on the composition of their households. Other questions assess their admissibility as an immigrant.

Online Forms DS-260 display error messages if applicants attempt to proceed to subsequent pages before completing all relevant fields, according to the U.S. Department of State. In some fields, applicants can select a Does Not Apply option, and they can leave optional questions unanswered. Electronic Forms DS-260 time out if they are idle, so applicants should save their data if they are unable to complete their forms in one sitting. After completing the form, applicants must print out the confirmation page for their interviews, but they do not need to bring their completed Forms DS-260, as immigration officers have access to the online forms.