Filling Out Form DS-260
When an applicant begins applying for an immigrant visa, Form DS-260, the Online Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application is one of the critical steps. This form is mandatory for all foreign nationals applying for a U.S. immigrant visa. It requires detailed personal and biographical information to be electronically submitted to the Department of State.
Accessing the Online Form
By entering their case number, individuals can access Form DS-260 through the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) website. First, applicants must create an account on the CEAC website, after which they can start the DS-260 process.
Personal Information Section
The Personal Information section of Form DS-260 requires applicants to provide:
- Full name
- Date and place of birth
- Marital status
- All aliases they may have used
Accuracy here is crucial, hence applicants must ensure that the information matches their official documents.
Address and Phone Information Section
Applicants must provide their current address and telephone information. Entries include:
- Mailing address
- Permanent address
- Phone number(s)
- Email address
This information ensures the U.S. Department of State can communicate with the applicant.
Family Information Section
In this section, applicants are required to furnish details about their:
- Parents (names, dates of birth, countries of birth)
- Siblings (full names, dates of birth)
- Spouse and children (if applicable)
Providing complete family information helps in verifying family ties and immigration eligibility.