Department of State Transitions to DS-160 for K Visa Applications


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.


DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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