In line with its recent trend of shifting towards electronic forms processing, the Department of State has transitioned to making the DS-160 mandatory for all K Visa applicants. In September, 2013, the Department of State made the DS-260 mandatory for all cases currently pending with the National Visa Center (NVC). Effective on October 7, 2013, all K visa applicants are required to complete the DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. The DS-160 replaces forms DS-156, DS-156K, and DS-230. Some U.S. Embassies already required the submission of the online form DS-160, in addition to the above-mentioned forms.
For K visa cases already in process at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, the DS-160 is not required if, prior to October 7, 2013, one of the following situations existed:
The K visa applicant is already scheduled for an interview;
The K visa applicant has already been interviewed and has been requested to submit additional documentation or is pending administrative processing; or
The K visa applicant has already submitted a valid, signed, unexpired DS-156, DS-156K and/or DS-230 or received instructions to do so.