Form DS 160: How it is, Steps and MORE

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The Form DS 160, It is a document developed by the United States Department of State to facilitate the process of the American visa process for foreigners who wish to undertake and visit that country.

For this reason, in this article we develop: the format of the DS 160 form, the steps to follow to fill it out, its function, who should process it, what to do at the end of the filling, and we finalize with its definition.

What is Form DS 160 like?

It is generally known that, for any type of form, an established type of format is presented or found. Therefore, below, we will explain the information that all interested parties must provide when completing the same.

But, before explaining what this type of form is like, we will briefly explain what a American visa. Well, the visa is basically an authorization that makes it legal to enter and stay in a country where the applicant does not have nationality.

Likewise, it is convenient to emphasize that this visa must be presented with the passport, since, in this way, the pertinent authorities are informed that it has been validated by the country of destination.

  • First, the applicant must have a recent photograph. It must be in digital format, in color, with a white background and with the measurements of 5 centimeters x 5 centimeters.
  • Then you must complete this form online. It must be completed in English, and the letter «ñ» or accents cannot be used.
  • It should be noted that this form must be printed upon completion and must be completed at least 72 hours prior to the appointment.
  • It is important that the applicant or interested party has a virtual account. In this way, you will be able to access the Visa Information Service.
  • In it, you must choose the country and create a virtual account by entering the requested data and information.
  • Subsequently, you must book the appointment and print the invoice for payment.
  • Regarding the payment of the receipt, we must emphasize that it must be taken to any Scotiabank office. There, you must pay a total amount of US $ 160.
  • The applicant should note that this fee is non-refundable.
  • Now, after canceling the fee, you must access the Visa Information Service again, and authenticate the date of the interview.
  • However, it is essential that the applicant shows up on time for the appointment. And, in turn, remember to have all the documents requested to obtain the visa at hand. The documents demanded are:
  1. Valid and in good condition passport.
  2. Printed form confirmation sheet.
  3. Photography.
  4. Birth certificate.

Steps to Fill Form DS 160

After the explanation of the necessary requirements to start the application for this type of certificate, we continue with the steps that all interested parties must follow to obtain this form.

  • First, it is essential that the applicant has a smart device. Either a computer, mobile phone or tablet.
  • Then, he must enter the official website of the U.S. Embassy.
  • Once you have entered the web portal, click on the option: Regular Visa Application Process.
  • Afterwards, click on the button in the first step to fill out the online visa application.
This type of form can be translated into Spanish. You just have to click on the upper right corner and choose the corresponding language. After this, you must place the cursor on the paragraph you want to read and you will be able to see the translation of it.
  • When the applicant is in the first part of the application, he must select the country of origin and then enter the captcha code.
  • And then click on the option: Recover an application.
  • Now, the applicant must place their ID.
  • Next, you must occupy the first 5 letters of your last name and the year of birth.
  • In the security question you must put: ESAPERU.
  • Also, a tab will be broken down where you should place your personal information.
  • Here, you must make sure to put the same information that is in your passport.
  • Now, they should go to the option: Person 2.
  • There they are going to place the nationality, country of origin and select the button «no» in the next two options.
  • To finish with this point, you must add your Personal Identity Document, and click on the option: Does not apply, for the next two boxes.
  • Then, they must enter data such as: zip code, address, telephone number, email address.
  • If you don’t know the zip code, you can do a google search by entering: Lima Postal Code.
It is important that the applicant keep in mind that they must fill in and complete each of the boxes on the form. In case of not doing so, there is the option of having the application rejected.
  • Now in the new tab you need to put the passport number.
  • Click on the option: Not applicable.
  • Place: Lime.
  • And, they must add where the passport was issued plus its issue and expiration date.
  • Answer the question: Has your passport ever been stolen?
  • Click on the option: Keep.
  • Subsequently, you must state the purpose or end of the trip.
  • Then you must add the date of arrival to the country and the date of departure from the country.
  • On the arrival date, you must place a day before the trip starts.
  • If the tickets have already been purchased, you must enter the flight details. If not, leave those boxes blank.
  • Now, you must put the arrival city and at least one city that you want to know.
  • The address where you will be in the United States.
  • Enter the zip code of the city (if you know it).
  • And, fill in the details of the person who is going to pay for the trip (optional).
  • On the next tab, you must answer a series of questions.
  • And, put data on the contact person in the United States.
  • Now, you must put your family data, both the father and the father. Name, date of birth.
  • In the next section, you must enter your information as a student. The university, postal code, region or country, date where the studies began.
  • And, place: I am a full time student.
  • Then, you must enter the name of the school where you attended high school, address, zip code, course of study and start and end date.
  • In the next tab, you must put the languages ​​you speak and answer the following questions.
  • Now, you need to enter additional contact information.
  • Next, you must attach a photograph. It must meet certain standards, such as: 5 × 5 centimeters, JPG format, it must not weigh more than 250 kb.
  • Now, you need to review the information in each section.
It is worth mentioning that one of our recommendations when completing this type of online form is to do it through the Google Chrome browser.

What is Form DS 160 for?

At first, we must emphasize that this form is directed to all those foreign citizens who wish to enter the United States. Therefore, they must comply with and follow a series of steps and requirements to obtain a visa and legally enter that country.

However, it is important to mention that there are certain international citizens who can be chosen to enter the United States without the need for a visa. This is possible if they meet certain requirements for visa exemption.


It is important to note that North American citizens do not need to have this type of visa to travel within the country. But, if they wish to undertake trips outside of this, they do need a visa issued by the embassy of the country to visit.

Who should process it?

It is very important to dedicate a part of the article to that particular aspect. Since, it is a fairly common question for all those citizens Ecuadorians who do not know who can request this form.

Now, the petitioners for the American B1 and B2 visa, have to demonstrate the purpose and intention of entering the United States temporarily. That is, only to attend business trips and tourism.

  • B1 visa: this type of visa is aimed at all those applicants who must travel to this country for temporary business, contract negotiation, attending conferences, consulting with suppliers, among others.
  • B2 visa: on the other hand, this type of visa is designed for those applicants who wish to carry out tourist activities. Like, for example: shopping, tourism, meeting with family or friends, etc.

What to do after filling it?

Continuing with this article, we must clarify what should be done when completing the filling of this type of form. Well, in a nutshell, the next step is to pay for the electronic application.

This payment must be carried out electronically, through the website of the Scotiabank bank in Peru. Also, the cost of this type of form in particular is 160 US $.

What is Form DS 160?

We conclude this article by offering a brief definition. Well, it is nothing more than an essential document for all those foreigners who wish to undertake a trip to the United States.

Likewise, the request for this form is completely free, and to have it, you must have a smart device that allows you to enter the corresponding web platform and perform the procedure explained in previous points.

On the other hand, it is convenient for us to emphasize and develop certain aspects of interest to all interested parties and future applicants. And it’s about some benefits that this particular form type offers its petitioners:

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