DS-260 and DS-160 Immigration Forms Transition From Paper to Online
The Department of State has transitioned from paper forms to online immigrant and non-immigrant visa applications. This change requires visa applicants to apply online using DS-260 for marriage and DS-160 for fiance visa applications.
Applicants for marriage visas will also choose their agent online using form DS-261. The DS-261 Choice of Address and Agent is use when there is no attorney. The visa applicant must choose on the DS-261, who will receive instructions and submit documents to the National Visa Center (NVC). DS applications are not available online until USCIS has approved the original petition and sends it to the Department of State.
The Pros and Cons
There are definitely some pros and cons that come with this change. The implications that are positive are that the Department of State is taking significant steps to cut back on costs associated with the handling of documents. Another major result is that the time for inputting this information into the database will be drastically reduced, speeding up processing times exponentially. This will also rule out the possibility of human error and further headaches.
One of the largest negative implications of this change is that there are very many foreign immigrants that simply don’t have access to a home computer including the English literacy required to complete immigration forms.
The DS-260 and DS-160 online application forms are required to be completed by every traveling immigrant and non-immigrant seeking a visa from the U.S. Consulate/Embassy. The application form contains questions about the applicants employment history, education background, marital background, passport issuance, etc.
Although the change, in theory, is supposed to provide a more simple application option for completing forms, it also creates a trap for applicants that will avoid attorney help, severely lowering their chances for success.
At Buda Law Group, we are fully prepared to handle DS-260 and DS-160 applications by professionally translating information to English. Our Chinese speaking support representative is in touch with applicants during the complete visa process and ensures their answers are complete and accurate.
If you have any questions, the team here at Buda Law Group will gladly answer them. Please reach out to us to find out more or get a competitive quote on our legal immigration services.
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John B. Buda, Esq.