Correcting a DS-160 after submission

The DS-160 is the initial stage in the visa application process when entering the US on a temporary visa. Since this form must be filled out online, any mistakes are quite simple to fix. Read on to find out what to do if you just filed a DS-160 only to discover that you made a mistake.

What type of errors should be corrected?

The DS-160 has two different categories of possible errors: material and immaterial. Errors on the Form DS-160 that have a material impact on the outcome of your visa application. These include mistakes with personal data that will appear on your visa, such your name or birth date, as well as information that might affect your eligibility for a visa, including the number of dependents you have in the US or details about security concerns. Errors in the material should be fixed as quickly as feasible.

Immaterial mistakes are those that could not significantly affect the approval of your visa. For instance, you could have spelled incorrectly a company's location from five years ago or the precise dates of a prior trip to the US. These should most likely be fixed, although they may not be major issues if they aren't.


Correcting DS-160 within 30 days of submission

Please take the following actions if you discover a mistake on your form less than 30 days after it was submitted.

Return to the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) DS-160 online page. Click on "Retrieve application" in step 2. You will be asked for your DS-160 application ID number. You'll find this number in the top right-hand corner of your program. Click on the "Retrieve request" button after entering this number. Follow the instructions, then select "Create request" in the next dialog box. You will then need to answer the security questions to view the form you have just entered. Correct any errors once you've finished, then check that you've entered everything correctly. Once you've made all the necessary corrections, you'll need to sign the application electronically and submit it. You will then receive a new confirmation and barcode. Print them out and bring them with you to your interview with the US embassy or consulate.


Correcting DS-160 more than 30 days after its submission, when the original application has NOT been saved.

You will need to start a new application if you never saved your initial one and it has been more than 30 days after you submitted the DS-160.

  • Step 1: Visit the CEAC website to get started.
  • Step 2: After accessing the website, update the information on a fresh DS-160.
  • Step 3: Print the confirmation page from this new application when you've finished, and bring it with you to the interview. In case you need to repeat this operation, make sure to keep a duplicate.