Note: DS 156, Immigrant Visa Application is no longer used. It has been replaced with DS 160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. DS 156 is the old form that applicants used before the US embassy created their online database. The new online version of the DS156 is called DS 160.
What is a DS 160?
DS 160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application is a form on US Department of States Consular Electronic Application Center (https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/) that you have to fill out when applying for a Non-immigrant visa. It is the US Embassy’s database record for all the applicants of a Non-Immigrant visa. It contains all your personal information and a long questionnaire that you have to answer. It is also the main requirement during your US embassy interview for obtaining your k-1 visa. This document is filled out after approval of the I129f by the USCIS.
What is the first thing that you will see in the DS 160?
Click the link to go to the DS 160 homepage. https://ceac.state.gov/GenNIV/Default.aspx
The first thing you need to prepare is your scanned visa photo. You have to upload a visa photo before filling out the information needed.
What is the next step?
The next step is filling out your personal information such as name, age, date of birth, address, educational background and work experiences if any. When you are done filling out your personal information. You can proceed to the questions.
What are the type of questions that are ask in the DS 160?
The questions option is only a yes or no. If you say yes to a question. You have to provide a reason for it. Here are some of the questions asked:
Do you have any involvement in any terrorist group?
Are you a child of a terrorist?
Have you ever had a sexually transmitted disease before?
Have you committed any crime in your country?
These are things that are are very confidential and if you did not have any related experiences with what was asked. A ”NO” to all is the perfect answer.
Print the confirmation page.
When you are done filling out the questionnaire, a confirmation page will appear. They will also send you a copy of your confirmation page in the email you provided. You have to print it out and bring it during the day of your interview.