2010-03-15 05:53:16
US Embassy Announces New Web-Based Visa Application Form
The US Embassy has announced that as of March 15 all non-immigrant US visa applicants will be required to complete an online form in order to apply for an interview.

The current DS-156 application and the supplementary DS-157 and DS-158 forms will be replaced by a new web-based DS-160 Non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application form.

US Embassy issued a statement yesterday which said: "These changes are part of our continued effort to provide excellent customer service, streamline the visa process, and decrease wait times."

"The US Embassy remains committed to facilitating legitimate travel to the United States. The new electronic application will speed up and simplify the application process by allowing applicants to upload their own photographs into the form.

"The electronic form also transforms the visa process into a 'green' and environmentally friendly operation by eliminating entirely the need for paper application forms. These changes will increase the number of visa applications that consular staff can process daily, resulting in a shorter wait time for an appointment."

The DS-160 application can be accessed on the internet at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/

For more information on the non-immigrant visa application process, visit the Consular Section's web site at http://nassau.usembassy.gov/visas.html
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