When preparing the DS-261, an applicant should provide accurate details about their background, contact information, selected agent, and associated petition.
In this subsection, the applicant must submit their full legal name, birth date, and place of birth. If applicable, they must include any other names, such as maiden names or aliases.
The contact details section requires applicants to provide their current physical address, email, and phone number. This information is critical for the National Visa Center (NVC) and U.S. Embassies or Consulates to maintain communication with the applicant.
The agent, often called a “choice of address and agent,” acts as a point of contact between the applicant and the NVC. Here, the applicant names the individual authorized to act on their behalf, a relative, friend, attorney, or other designee.
This part mandates the applicant to furnish information about the petition filed on their behalf, such as the USCIS case number. This ensures the DS-261 is accurately linked to the corresponding immigrant visa case.