Prepare your application by collecting all needed information (and photo).
Form DS-160 is interactive and will adjust questions based on the answers given.

Personal Information

The information you give must match (be the same) as written in your Passport.
If your name is written in Roman script with an umlaut, diacritics, or accent marks, just write the letters and do not add the markings. Do not add extra letters.
Make sure to use the correct answer boxes.
When using the pull-down menu make sure to click the proper choice.

Surname(s)

Also called Last Name or Family Name
If you have one name only, enter it as your Surname

Given Name(s)

Given Names are First Name and Middle Name
If you do not have a given name enter FNU for First Name Unknown

Your Full Name in your Native Alphabet

Enter it in the answer box using a Translate Program or using a special key-board feature
Click Does Not Apply when your name is written in Roman characters
Click Technology Not Available when you have no option to enter your name in non-Roman characters

Q. Have you ever used other names ?

(e.g. Maiden Name, Religious Name, Professional Name, an Alias)

If Yes you must give
Other Surnames Used
and/or
Other Given Names Used

Answer boxes can be added as needed

Q. Do you have a telecode that represents your name ?

(A 4 digit code representing characters in some Non-Roman alphabets)

If Yes you must give
Telecode Surnames
and/or
Telecode Given Names

Sex

(Male or Female)

Marital Status

Use the pull-down menu

Date of Birth

Enter in the format DD-MM-YYYY

City of Birth

Use the pill-down menu

State/Province of Birth

Type in the answer box or click the box Does Not Apply

Country/Region of Birth

Use the pull-down menu
Select the name currently in use

Nationality

Use the pull-down menu

Q. Do you hold or have you held any other nationality ?

If Yes you must enter it and answer:
Q. Do you hold a passport for the other nationality ?
If Yes you must enter the Passport Number

Q. Are you a permanent resident of a country/region other than indicated ?

If Yes you must enter that other country/region

Your National Identification Number

Click Does Not Apply if you do not have this #

Your US Social Security Number

Click Does Not Apply unless you have this #

US Taxpayer ID #

Click Does Not Apply unless you have this #

Address and Phone Information

Present Address (where you live now)

Street Address (line 1)
Type the name of the street or the road in the answer box

Street Address (line 2)
This line is OPTIONAL – you can leave the box empty
Use it when your address does not fit on line 1

City

Type the name in the answer box

State/Province

Type the name in the answer box or click the box Does Not Apply

Postal Zone/ZIP Code

(This is a code postal services in many countries attach to addresses)
Type the characters in the box or click Does Not Apply

Country/Region

Enter using the pull-down menu

Q. Is your Mailing Address the same as your Present Address ?

If No you must give your Mailing Address

Phone Number

Type the number in the answer box

Secondary Phone Number

Type the number in the box or click Does Not Apply

Work Phone Number

Type the number in the box or click Does Not Apply

Email Address

Type the address in the answer box

Passport Information

Passport/Document type

Select from pull-down menu

Document Number

Type number in answer box

Passport Book Number

Type number in answer box or click Does Not Apply

Country/Authority that issued

Select form pull-down menu

Where was the document issued ?

Type name in answer box

State/Province (if shown on passport)

Type name in answer box

Issuance Date

Enter in the format DD-MM-YYYY
Date and Month must be entered using pull-down menus
The year must be typed in the answer box

Expiration Date

Enter in the format DD-MM-YYYY
Date and Month must be entered using pull-down menus.
The year must be typed in the answer box or enter Does Not Apply

Q. Have you ever lost a passport or had one stolen ?

If Yes you must give information and an explanation

Travel Information

Q. Purpose of Trip

You must select a Visa Class using the pull-down menu
Choose Temporary Business Pleasure Visitor (B)

Specify ?
Choose Business & Tourism (Temporary Visitor) (B1/B2)

Q. Have you made specific travel plans ?

If Yes you must enter information
If No you must enter
– intended date of arrival
– intended length of stay

Q. Person/Entity Paying for Your Trip

Select option from pull-down menu
If you do not answer ‘self’ you must enter information about the other person/company/organization

Travel Companions

Q. Are other persons traveling with you ?

If Yes you must answer:
Q. Are your traveling as part of a group or organization ?
If Yes you must enter the name of the group.
If No you must give the name of the person (traveling companion) as well as your Relationship.

Previous US Travel Information

Q. Have you ever been to the US ?

Click Yes or No
If Yes you must give date arrived and length of stay.
And answer:
Q. Do or did you have a US Driver’s License ?
If Yes you must give details.

Q. Have you ever been issued a U.S. Visa ?

If Yes you must give information about your last visa
Date issued in format DD-MM-YYYY
Visa Number or Do Not Know
Are you applying for the same type of visa
Are you applying in the same country/location ?
Is this your place of principal residence.
Have you been ten-printed (fingerprinted)

Has your US visa ever been lost our stolen ?
If Yes you must give the year and explain
Has your US visa ever been cancelled or revoked ?
If Yes you must explain

Q. Have you ever been refused a U.S. Visa, been refused admission to the U.S., or have you ever withdrawn your application for admission at Port of Entry ?

(POE is the first place where you arrive when traveling to the U.S.)
If Yes you must explain

Q. Have you ever been denied travel authorization through ESTA ?

If Yes you must explain

Q. Has anyone ever filed an immigrant petition on your behalf with USCIS ?

If Yes you must explain

US Point of Contact Information

Q. Contact Person or Organization

You must either give the Name of a Person or the Name of an Organization.
You must then enter the Relationship.
And add address etc. information for the point of contact

Family Information: Relatives

Information either on your biological or your adoptive parents

Surname(s) Father

Enter the nam(s) in the box or click the box Do Not Know

Given Name(s) Father

Enter the name(s) in the box or click the box Do Not Know

Date of Birth Father

Enter in the format DD-MM-YYYY or click Do Not Know

Q. Is your Father in the US ?

If Yes you must enter his legal US status

Surname(s) Mother

Enter the name(s) in the box or click the box Do Not Know

Given Name(s) Mother

Enter the name(s) in the box or click the box Do Not Know

Date of Birth Mother

Enter in the format DD-MM-YYYY or click Do Not Know

Q. Is your Mother in the US ?

If Yes you must enter her legal US status

Q. Do you have immediate relatives, not including your parents, in the US ?

If yes you must provide name, relationship and status
Answer boxes can be added as needed

Q. Do you have any other relatives in the US ?

Yes/No

Present Work/Education/Training Information

Information regarding current employment and/or education – only for applicants 14 and over

Primary Occupation

Select a choice from a pull-down menu
You must add your Present Employer or School Name with address information etc.
And enter your monthly income or click Does Not Apply
And briefly describe your duties

If you select Other you must provide a specification
And add your Present Employer or School Name with address information etc.
And enter your monthly income or click Does Not Apply
And briefly describe your duties

If you select Not Employed you must give an explanation
(Homemaker – stay-at-home spouse/parent – is a possible answer)

If you select Retired no more information is asked

Previous Work/Education/Training Information

Information regarding employment and/or education during the last five years

Q. Were you previously employed ?

If Yes you must enter employer’s name, address information, your job title, and the name of your supervisor (or click do not know)
You must also give start and end date of your employment and briefly describe your duties

Q. Have you attended any educational institutions at a secondary level or above?

If Yes you must add the name of the school (institution), address information etc.
Also your Course of Study with start and end date of attendance
Answer boxes can be added as needed

Q. Do you belog to a clan or a tribe ?

If Yes you must enter the clan or tribe name
Provide a list of languages you speak
You can add more answer fields

Q. Have you traveled to any countries/regions within the last five years ?

If Yes you must select the name from a pull-down menu
More answer options can be added

Q. Have you belonged to, contributed to, or worked for any professional, social, or charitable organization ?

If Yes you must enter the name
More answer boxes can be added

Q. Do you have any specialized skills or training, such as firearms, explosives, nuclear, biological, or chemical experience?

If Yes, explain

Q. Have you ever served in the military ?

If yes you must give name of country/region, branch of service, rank/position, specialty, and from-to dates of service.
More answer boxes can be added

Q. Have you ever served in, been a member of, or been involved with a paramilitary unit, vigilante unit, rebel group, guerrilla group, or insurgent organization ?

If Yes, explain

Security and Background: Part 1

Do you have a communicable disease of public health significance ?

(Communicable diseases of public significance include e.g. chancroid, gonorrhea, granuloma inguinale, infectious leprosy, lymphogranuloma venereum, infectious stage syphilis, active tuberculosis.)

Do you have a mental or physical disorder that poses or is likely to pose a threat to the safety or welfare of yourself or others ?
Are you or have you ever been a drug abuser or addict ?

If case of a Yes, provide an explanation

Security and Background: Part 2

Have you ever been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime, even though subject of a pardon, amnesty, or other similar action ?
Have you ever violated, or engaged in a conspiracy to violate, any law relating to controlled substances ?
Are you coming to the US to engage in prostitution or unlawful commercialized vice or have you been engaged in prostitution or procuring prostitutes within the past 10 years ?
Have you ever been involved in, or do you seek to engage in, money laundering ?
Have you ever committed or conspired to commit a human trafficking offense in or outside the US ?
Have you ever knowingly aided, abetted, assisted or colluded with an individual who has committed, or conspired to commit a severe human trafficking offense in or outside the US ?
Are you the spouse, son, or daughter of an individual who has committed or conspired to commit a human trafficking offense in or outside the US and have you within the last five years, knowingly benefited from the trafficking activities ?

In case of a Yes, provide an explanation

Security and Background: Part 3

Do you seek to engage in espionage, sabotage, export control violations, or any other illegal activity while in the United States ?
Do you seek to engage in terrorist activities while in the United States or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities ?
Have you ever or do you intend to provide financial assistance or other support to terrorists or terrorist organizations ?
Are you a member or representative of a terrorist organization ?
Have you ever ordered, incited, committed, assisted, or otherwise participated in genocide ?
Have you ever committed, ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in torture ?
Have you committed, ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in extrajudicial killings, political killings, or other acts of violence ?
Have you ever engaged in the recruitment or the use of child soldiers ?
Have you, while serving as a government official, been responsible for or directly carried out, at any time, particularly severe violations of religious freedom ?
Have you ever been directly involved in the establishment or enforcement of population controls forcing a woman to undergo an abortion against her free choice or a man or a woman to undergo sterilization against his or her free will ?
Have you ever been directly involved in the coercive transplantation of human organs or bodily tissue ?

In case of Yes, provide explanation

Security and Background: Part 4

Have you ever sought to obtain or assist others to obtain a visa, entry into the U.S., or any other U.S. immigration benefit by fraud or willful misrepresentation or other unlawful means ?

If Yes, explain

Security and Background: Part 5

Have you ever withheld custody of a US citizen child outside the United States from a person granted legal custody by a US court ?
Have you voted in the US in violation of any law or regulation ?
Have you ever renounced US citizenship for the purposes of avoiding taxation ?

In case of Yes, provide explanation

If any of the Security and Background Questions must be answered with a Yes consult an immigration lawyer !

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