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Department of State Implements New DS-160 Form

The Department of State (DOS) has recently launched a new version of Form DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application. The DS-160 is a fully integrated online form that is used to collect important information about a person seeking a nonimmigrant visa for temporary travel to the United States. The form is submitted electronically, via the Internet, to the Department of State. This form is then used to process the visa application, along with a personal interview, to determine an applicant’s eligibility for a nonimmigrant visa.

The new DS-160 Form unequivocally clarifies that the applicant, and no one else, must electronically sign and submit the DS-160 form. The new form advises applicants to “be aware that under U.S. law you must electronically sign and submit your own application unless you qualify for an exception. This means that you (the applicant) must check the ‘Sign Application’ button, even if someone else helped you fill the application out.” Further, the DOS states that “[i]f someone else clicks the button instead of you, your application may not be accepted.”

In addition to the above-mentioned change, the DOS has added six new questions relating to possible grounds of inadmissibility