Form I-130 application for my family members have been approved by
USCIS. What is the next step for my family members to get an immigrant visa to
enter United States.
After your form I-130 is
approved by USCIS, the form U.S. Department of States
form DS-260 is used to apply for a U.S. immigrant visa. The form DS-260 is an online Immigrant Visa Application and
Registration form used to collect the needed application
information from persons seeking U.S. immigrant visas. This form is
completed and submitted online to the Department of State via the
Internet through the Consular Electronic Applications Center (CEAC).
You can access the DS-260 from the Consular Electronic Application
Center (CEAC) website, by going to Immigrant Visas.state.gov and
clicking on “Submit Visa Application and Civil
Documents,” or on the website of the U.S. embassy or
consulate where you will apply.
After you pay your fees, you and each qualified family member
immigrating with you must complete the Application for Immigrant Visa
and Alien Registration (Form DS-260) in the Consular Electronic
Application Center (CEAC). You may wish to preview a sample
DS-260 before beginning.
- Submitting Form DS-260 does
not formally execute a visa application. The visa application
is not formally made until the visa applicant is interviewed by a U.S.
- You will need your NVC Case
Number, Beneficiary ID Number, and Invoice ID Number from your NVC
Welcome Letter, to access CEAC.
It is important to
distinguish the mandatory use of the DS-260 for processing at all U.S.
embassies and consulates worldwide from the "Electronic Processing
Program" used for electronic submission of documents and the I-864
Affidavit of Support for processing at select embassies and consulates.
Under this program, the I-864 is downloaded, completed, signed,
scanned, saved as a PDF file and e-mailed to the NVC.
- After submitting Form DS-260
online, you must print the confirmation page and bring it to your
interview. You can print this from CEAC any time after you complete
your DS-260 application.
Also, the required civil documents and supporting documents must be
converted to PDF files and then e-mailed to the NVC. For these select
consular posts it is not required to mail the I-864, civil documents,
and other supporting documents to the NVC, but the applicant must be
prepared to present the original physical documents at the time of the
visa interview. For all other posts, the I-864 and documentation are
still mailed to the NVC.
For additional information on the DS-260, DS-261 and Electronic
Processing Program, you should go to travel.state.gov and read the FAQs
on DS-260 Immigrant Visa Electronic Application and the instruction
pages on Required Electronic Processing and Optional Electronic