Form I-130 Application for my relative's immigration has been
approved by USCIS recently. Now she received notice from U.S.
National Visa Center
(NVC) to file Form DS-260 Immigrant
Visa and Alien
Registration Application. Please
help us know more information about how to fill the electronic
immigrant visa application form DS-260?
Form DS-260 Immigrant Visa Electronic Application (also called
"Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application") replaces the
paper-based DS-230 Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien
Registration (parts I and II); while the Form DS-261 Choice of Address
and Agent will replace the DS-3032 Choice of Address and Agent.
Department of State (DOS) has implemented use of the DS-260, Online
Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application, and the DS-261,
Choice of Address and Agent. These two forms are used for immigrant
visa applicants processing at all U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.
The online forms are submitted to DOS through the Consular Electronic
Applications Center (CEAC) website at https://ceac.state.gov/ceac/. In
order to access the online forms, the applicant must input his or her
NVC case number and invoice I.D. number.
of the information entered online is accessible by the National Visa
Center (NVC) and the consular posts, the applicant is not required to
submit a paper version to the NVC or bring a copy to the visa
fields on the DS-260 must be completed before the application can be
submitted to DOS. The system will not allow you to continue without
providing the required information unless the field is specifically
a mandatory field is left blank, an error message will appear and the
applicant must complete the required field before proceeding with the
form. A partially completed application can be saved by clicking on the
"Save" button at the bottom of each page.
is recommended that data be saved often to ensure information is not
lost. A saved application can be accessed by returning to the website
and selecting View/Edit from the Alien Registration section of the
the applicant need to make any changes to the form after submission, he
or she will have to contact the NVC to request access to the form. If a
case has already been sent by NVC to the appropriate U.S. embassy or
consulate interview, any changes to the form will have to be made at
applicant can continue completing the form by clicking on the "Edit"
button on the right side of the application's listed status. Once all
of the fields are completed, the applicant submits the form by clicking
on the "Sign and Submit Application" button.