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How to fill in the DS-160 form

A part of getting the U.S. student visa F-1 is filling in the DS-160 form. The form is filled in online on http://ceac.state.gov/genniv.

For the filling you will need:

  • A recent photo in electronic format. The requirements to the photo are on www.ustraveldocs.com in the section “Nonimmigrant Visa Information” → “Photos and fingerprints”.
  • SEVIS ID — the number, beginning with N that can be found in your I-20 form in the upper left corner.

How to fill in

Open http://ceac.state.gov/genniv. Select the country where you will get the visa and click “Start an Application”. Enter the answer to the security question. Then there are 12 steps with questions, where you have to tell in detail about yourself, your family, planned trip, and the educational institution where you are planning to study in the USA and upload a photo.

Please, fill in carefully

Answer the truth. Your answers influence the decision about issuing the visa. On the visa interview, the visa officer can ask to tell more detailed about your answers in DS-160. It is recommended to write down the answers for all questions beforehand and then copy and paste them into the form, in order to avoid mistakes when filling.

Filling language

The form shall be filled in in English. The questions will also be written in English, but on the site you can switch on the tips with translation: find “Select Tooltip Language” in the upper right corner of the site and select the necessary language. Then hover the mouse over questions and the translation will appear in the tooltips.

After filling

When you will have answered all the questions and uploaded a photo, you will be offered to recheck the information and then to sign and submit the application (click Sign and Submit Application). After it, you will see the confirmation page of filling DS-160 with your photo, brief personal information and a bar code. Print this page (click Print Confirmation). You will need in for the visa interview.

Confirmation of filling DS-160

Confirmation of filling DS-160

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