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Additional information regarding the online nonimmigrant visa application form (DS-160)

A Turkish translation of the DS-160 will be available beginning in late January.  When you point the cursor/mouse to any English text in the online form, a box with the translated text will appear.  To see the translation of information in the drop-down menus, please click on the blue “i” symbol above the menu.  You may select the translation language from the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of any screen in the DS-160 online form.

Step 1: To complete your online visa application, you must upload a digital photo.  Please visit http://travel.state.gov/visa/visaphotoreq/visaphotoreq_5334.html  for more information, and read carefully the requirements to upload your photo and the photo specifications.

You must upload a photo in order to submit your application. If the photo you upload is not accepted as suitable, you will be given the option to continue without a photo. In this instance only, after you have successfully submitted the application, please follow the directions on your confirmation page and bring to your interview a printed photo meeting the above requirements.

Even if you  successfully upload your photograph online, please be aware that a Consular officer must review it during your visa interview to determine the photograph’s suitability for use in visa issuance.  The Consular officer may ask you to submit a new photograph if your photograph does not meet the State Department requirements for visa issuance.  You must ensure that your photograph meets the State Department’s requirements listed here.

Step 2: All visa applicants are required to fill in the online application form (DS-160).  Once completed, the information in the DS-160 will be transmitted electronically.  The applicant must then print the confirmation page, which includes biographical information and a bar code with confirmation number.  Each applicant must bring the DS-160 confirmation page in order to be admitted to the Consular Section on the day of their appointment.

On the day of the visa appointment, if an online application has not been submitted for the applicant, the application was not completed fully and correctly under the proper visa category, or the applicant appears without the confirmation page, the applicant will be requested to reschedule the visa appointment through the Visa Information Service (Call center).

As you complete the visa application, save a copy on your hard drive and click “save” often.  Fill out all required information fully and correctly, including selecting the appropriate visa type.  Significant errors or information marked as “N/A”, “Nil”, etc., may result in your application being rejected at the time of your interview. This would require you to complete the entire application again and to reschedule a visa interview.  If there is no activity for 20 minutes or more while completing this online application, your session will expire and all entered data will be lost unless you save a copy on your hard drive.  After submitting the application, you will have the chance to send a copy of the confirmation page by email.

Important Notice:  You may encounter error messages and problems while completing and submitting the electronic nonimmigrant visa form application (DS-160) due to a worldwide computer problem. Until it is resolved, please read the guidance below carefully before starting to complete the form.

New Questions: 

If you started your DS-160 before June 25 but did not submit it yet, you will be prompted to answer the new, additional questions, regarding purpose and payment for travel  even if your form showed as “complete” previously.  Some new questions apply to all applicants, and others only in certain categories. 

Retrieving an Application without the Application ID (Barcode Number):

A new feature of the DS-160—the ability to retrieve an application by entering biodata and answering a security question without entering an Application ID—is not working at present.  If you click on the link that says “Forgot your Application ID?” (screenshot below), you will receive an error message that says “No matching ID found.”  For the time being, you must have your Application ID to retrieve and continue your application.   

Retrieving an Application if Surname is Fewer than Five Letters: 

To retrieve an application after entering an Application ID, one of the required data fields is “First Five Letters of Surname.”  If your surname is shorter than five letters, you  can retrieve your DS-160 submissions by simply entering your surname.  If it is longer, you must enter only the first five letter.    You must have your Applicant IDs to do so.  

Workaround for Applicants Who Started an Application Before June 25 and Cannot Retrieve It: 

You need to start a new DS-160 if you continue to experience problems retrieving your application you  started before June 25.

Students

  • If you are currently enrolled in university, or recently graduated, you MUST bring your transcripts!