An online F1 VISA DS-160 form is available on the website of the US consulate in India, i.e. https://www.vfs-usa.co.in. Your session times out after 20 minutes, but do not worry, every page gets saved. Note down your application number also called as barcode number and the next time you log-in, you can resume from the point where you stopped. Complete the form very carefully, each and every detail has to be entered with utmost care. Any mistakes in the form might lead to rejection of the F1 VISA.
Name: As per your passport.
Full name in native language: Does not Apply.
Other names used: Give if any or say No.
National Identification Number: Does not Apply
U.S. Social Security Number: Does not Apply
U.S. Taxpayer ID Number: Does not Apply
Home Address: Passport address
Same mailing address: if current is different from home, then say No here.
Passport Number: take from passport, there sould not be any spaces in the number.
Passport book Number: Does not Apply
Principal Applicant: Yes
Purpose of your trip: Student (F1)
Intended Date of Arrival: Any approx date before the orientation is fine.
Intended length of stay: Take the duration of the course from I-20.
Address where you will stay in US: give the university address only. Take it from I-20.
Person paying for your trip: sponsor details
Relationship to You:
Eg: Father, Mother (“Child” given in the form is incorrect)
Have you ever been in US? Do not lie here.
Have you ever been issued a U.S. visa? Do not lie here.
Have you ever been refused a U.S. visa? Do not lie here.
U.S. Contact Information: take the international advisers contact details from page 3 of your I-20. Do not give your relative or friends contact details here.
Do you have any immediate relative in U.S.? Your parents, their siblings, your siblings and first cousin information has to be given. Other relatives info is not required.
Primary Occupation: Employee, if you are working full-time. Student, if you had internship, part-time, etc experience.
Month Salary: can be zero in case of unpaid internships, part-time jobs, etc.
Briefly describe your duties: give trainee or intern here if salary was zero.
All security and background information answers should be a NO.
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Important Notice: Take care to answer all questions on the DS-160 accurately and completely; otherwise, you may have to correct your application and reschedule your visa interview appointment.
Electronically submitting your DS-160 online application is only the first step in the visa application process. Once you have electronically submitted your DS-160 online application, you will have to pay the visa fee and schedule a visa interview appointment.
What documents do I need to have with me while I complete the DS-160?
Can my answers be in my native language?No. All answers must be in English, using English characters only.
Are all questions on the DS-160 mandatory?
Most questions are mandatory and must be answered in the spaces provided. You may leave spaces blank when the questions are marked “optional.” You may answer a question with “Does Not Apply,” when that question does not apply to you; however, all other questions must be answered. The system will not allow you to submit an application with any mandatory questions left unanswered. If you do not complete a mandatory question, the system will display an error message and require you to answer the question before continuing with the application. If you do not answer questions that apply to your circumstances and/or purpose of travel, the system will not accept your application.
How do I sign the DS-160 form?
You electronically sign your DS-160 by clicking the “Sign Application” button at the end of the form. Failure to sign may result in termination of the application. Your electronic signature certifies that you have read and understood the questions in the application and that your answers are true and correct to the best of your knowledge and belief. The submission of an application containing any false or misleading statements may result in the permanent refusal of a visa or denial of entry into the United States. All declarations made in the application are unsworn declarations made under penalty of perjury.
How can I save my application? Can I stop in the middle of the application and return to it later?
You can save your application or return to a partially completed application. When you begin a new DS-160, you will be issued a unique application identification (ID) number after selecting and answering a security question. Once you have your application ID number and have selected and answered a security question, you may exit the DS-160 application and return to it later. You must have your application ID to return to your application. To save your DS-160 to the Consular Electronic Application Center website, click the “Next” button at the bottom of each page you complete. You have 30 days to return to a partially completed application. To access your application after 30 days, you must save it to your computer hard drive or a disk, as explained in the FAQ.
How do I save my DS-160 application to my computer hard drive or a disk?
Saving to a hard drive or disk will allow you to access your application after 30 days. To permanently save your application to your computer hard drive or a disk, select the “Save Application to File” button. Then, click the “Save” button on the File Download window. Identify a place on your computer to save the application, browse to that location, and click the “Save” button on the “Save As” window. The system will download your application to the specified location. Once the download is complete, you can click “Close” to return to the live application on our website. Note: Applications saved to the hard drive of a public or shared computer or memory device could likely be accessed by anyone else who uses the computer or device after you.
I apply for U.S. visas often. Can I reuse the DS-160?
Yes, you can use information from a previously submitted DS-160 to populate some fields on a new form. There are two ways that you can do this. First, if you plan to apply for a visa in the future, save your DS-160 to your hard drive or a disk using the instructions in the FAQ. When you go to apply for your new visa you can then select “Option B-Upload a Previously Saved Application” on the Getting Started page. Alternately, if your previous visa application was submitted after November 1, 2010, you can select “Option C-Retrieve Application,” enter your previous visa application ID, and then hit “Create a New Application.” Your personal information will then populate the form. Be careful to check that all previously submitted information is current and accurate.
What if I lose my internet connection, the application “times out,” or I receive an error? Will my application be lost? All information is automatically saved when each page is completed, so your application will not be lost. You will need to enter the application ID number, and answer other questions as prompted, to retrieve your application. Once your application has been retrieved, it will begin at the last page you completed. You will be able to edit previous pages, if needed.
Why did the edits I made from the review page “edit” link not save? In order for data changes made from the review page links to save, you must use the buttons at the bottom of each page to navigate, instead of the browser’s back/forward buttons or the buttons along the side of the screen.