How Do You Fill Out a DS-260 Immigration Form?

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The DS-260, or Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application, is filled out on the Consular Electronic Application Center, or CEAC, website, according to the Bureau of Consular Affairs. This form is intended for all permanent immigrants to the United States; an individual form must be filled out for each member of the family who intends to immigrate.

It is not possible to begin a DS-260 form before receiving a National Visa Center case number and the National Visa Center invoice for proof of fee payment, explains the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Enter these numbers on the CEAC website to generate a unique DS-260. The entire form is completed online; however, it is possible to print out a PDF version for reference.

The DS-260 is a very thorough biographic background check, and it requests information including all names, previous addresses, previous places of employment, full academic record, current and intended residences, military service, names of immigrating family members and previous trips to the United States, notes the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Any false information results in an immediate cancellation of the visa application and potential tourist visits to the United States. Upon completing the DS-260, the CEAC website automatically generates a confirmation page, which the applicant must bring to the visa interview.