Important Notice: Take care to answer all questions on the DS accurately and completely; otherwise, you may have to correct your application and reschedule your visa interview appointment. Electronically submitting your DS online application is only the first step in the visa application process. Once you have electronically submitted your DS online application, you must contact the embassy or consulate at which you wish to apply to confirm whether you need to be interviewed by a consular officer, and to schedule an interview.
Before you fill out the DS online form, you need to know what type of visa you are applying for as you will be required to enter additional information, according to the visa category. Please verify with the U. You may also be asked for your international travel history for the past five years. Other names used include your maiden name, religious name, professional name, or any other name by which you are or have been known. Embassies and Consulates.
You can find a list of U. If the embassy or consulate at which you apply informs that you must have a visa interview, the visa application process cannot be completed until you appear for an interview with a consular officer. Some applicants will need to have additional information and documents handy while completing the DS Applications submitted in any language other than English will be denied, and you may be required to submit a new application.
While you must answer all questions in English, translations of questions are available in many languages from the drop-down menu in the right upper corner of the application. These translations should assist you in completing the form in English. Most questions are mandatory and must be answered in the spaces provided.
If you do not complete a mandatory question, the system will display an error message and require you to answer the question before continuing with the application. The Embassy or Consulate at which you actually apply should be able to access your form using the barcode on your DS confirmation page, which you must bring to the visa interview. For example, a business traveler intends to apply for his visa at the U.
Embassy in City X, so he selects City X as the location where he will submit his application when he completes his DS He then has an urgent reason to travel to City Y on business. Because there is a U. Consulate in City Y, he schedules an appointment for a visa interview there, using the barcode from his completed DS application for appointment scheduling. The U. Embassy in City X as the location where he originally intended to submit his application. Failure to sign may result in termination of the application. Your electronic signature certifies that you have read and understood the questions in the application and that your answers are true and correct to the best of your knowledge and belief.
The submission of an application containing any false or misleading statements may result in the permanent refusal of a visa or denial of entry into the United States. All declarations made in the application are unsworn declarations made under penalty of perjury.
Unless you are exempted from appearing in person, your fingerprints will be electronically scanned on the day of your interview. By providing your fingerprints, you will again certify that that you have answered all questions on the DS truthfully and to the best of your knowledge, and that you will tell the truth during your visa interview. You will be directed to read the following statement prior to having your fingerprints scanned:. Furthermore, I certify under penalty of perjury that I will tell the truth during my interview and that all statements made by me during my interview will be complete to the best of my ability.
If an applicant is illiterate or unable to complete the application, the applicant must be assisted by a third party. If the applicant has no parent or legal guardian, then the application may be completed by any person having legal custody of, or a legitimate interest in, the applicant. Explanations of the following terms contained in the online DS form are available to you as help topics while you complete the DS and are also provided below. Enter all surnames or family names exactly as they are written in your passport. Other names used include your maiden name, religious name, professional name, or any other name by which you are or have been known.
Make sure to enter the other names you have used in full. Thus, if you have only used another surname, enter it along with your usual given name. If you have only used another given name, enter it along with your usual surname. Telecodes are four-digit code numbers that represent characters in some non-Roman alphabet names. You must provide a primary phone number.
Your National ID Number is a unique number that your government may have provided. For example, the U. Government gives unique numbers to people looking to work or who pay taxes. If the country where you previously held nationality no longer exists, choose the name of the country that is currently used for that location.
Enter the number of the passport or travel document you will use to travel to the United States.
The Passport Book Number is commonly called the inventory control number. You may or may not have a Passport Book Number on your passport. If you do, the location of the Passport Book Number on your passport may vary depending on the country that issued your passport.
Please contact your passport issuing authority if you are unable to determine whether or not your passport contains a Passport Book Number. In most cases your passport or travel document must be valid for at least six months after your arrival in the United States. Please enter information regarding your previous two employers only. You can save your application or return to a partially completed application.
When you begin a new DS, you will be issued a unique application identification ID number after selecting and answering a security question. Once you have your application ID number and have selected and answered a security question, you may exit the DS application and return to it later. You must have your application ID to return to your application. You have 30 days to return to a partially completed application.
The system will download your application to the specified location. Applications saved to the hard drive of a public or shared computer or memory device could likely be accessed by anyone else who uses the computer or device after you. Yes, you can use information from a previously submitted DS to populate some fields on a new form. There are two ways that you can do this. Be careful to check that all previously submitted information is current and accurate.
That means that the photo upload failed.
Therefore, you should submit one printed photograph meeting our requirements, along with the online DS confirmation page, to the U. Embassy or Consulate at which you plan to apply for your visa. Please contact the U. Embassy or Consulate where you are applying for specific instructions on how to do this.
If the confirmation page includes a photo image, then the photo upload function was successful and no separate print photograph is required. You are not required to bring your entire application. You must bring the confirmation page with you during all phases of the application process. Without the confirmation page, we may not be able to process your visa case. Yes, you can reprint the confirmation page of an application that has already been submitted.
From there you will be able to view and print your confirmation page.
When you select this option, certain information from your application, such as destination, will automatically be imported to and displayed on a new application. Please note that if you use this option you must create an individual application for each family member or for each individual within the group. If one of the dependents has a different surname or nationality, for example, you can alter that data before submitting the application.
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You may also be asked for your international travel history for the past five years. Other required documents for your visa category: Before you fill out the DS online form, you need to know what type of visa you are applying for as you will be required to enter additional information, according to the visa category. For details on the required documents for each visa category, please visit this online page. Important Points: The following video shows you step by step procedures for filing out the DS form with useful tips.
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