• United States
  • 08/13/2010
  • Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

On August 3, 2010, the Department of State finalized the new Form DS-260 – Electronic Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration. This form provides an electronic application process in lieu of the paper-based DS-230, the current Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration. The DS-260 is an online application which will eventually replace Parts 1 and 2 of the Form DS-230 at all U.S. embassies and consulates.

The DS-260 will be completed, signed and submitted electronically to the Department of State over the internet. This will eliminate the need for applicants to print and take the form to the visa interview. Applicants, however, will need to bring the confirmation page to the interview. The National Visa Center and consular officers will use the information entered on the DS-260 to process the application. Fingerprints must be provided prior to the execution of the DS-260 for further identification purposes at the time of the interview.

The online system also allows applicants to pay the Immigrant Visa Processing Fees and complete multiple DS-260s for all family members. At this time, it is not yet possible to upload photographs to the system.

BAL Comment

Because the information entered online will now be transmitted directly to Embassies and the National Visa Center, extra care should be taken in completing the Form DS-260 to ensure accurate information is recorded. If you have an upcoming immigrant visa interview, we encourage you to contact your BAL attorney to ensure you have the appropriate application documents.