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Required Documents

Required Documents

In order to complete Form DS-160, you will need your:

  • Passport.
  • Travel itinerary.
  • Your home country's national ID number.
  • Social Security number or U.S. Taxpayer ID if you have one.

You will also require access to your past job and travel records, as well as basic biographical data about your family and traveling companions.

You will need a copy of your SEVIS ID, which can be found on your I-20 or DS-2019, as well as the address of the university or college you'll be attending if you're going to the United States to study. If they have one, temporary employees should maintain a copy of their I-129 close at hand. Last but not least, you'll need a current photo that complies with US government requirements and is saved digitally on the computer you'll be filling out the form on.

get started

Getting started

You should start by selecting the place where you will submit your visa application on Form DS-160. Don't stress too much about this since you may arrange your interview at whatever embassy or consulate is most practical, even if it's not the one you initially selected, if you find yourself needing to travel suddenly while your application is still being processed. You will notice your Application ID on the following page. Additionally, you will be required to respond to a security question. Together, these will allow you to access your application again in the future, so write them down and store them safely. Additionally, the upper right corner of each page of the DS-160 has your Application ID. You may use your security question to look up your Application ID online if you forget it. Keep in mind that the Form DS-160 you saved will only be accessible for 30 days. You can download your DS-160 to your computer and submit it again later if you need more time. Let's now go over Section by Section of Form DS-160.