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Completing the DS-160

Before you can book your face to face interview at the US Embassy you must complete the DS-160 form

**This information is also available on the London US Embassy Website http://london.usembassy.gov/niv/ds160.html **

The DS-160 is an online application form that is used to collect the necessary application information from persons seeking a nonimmigrant visa.
The DS-160 is submitted electronically to the post where the applicant will apply for the visa via the internet.

Before completing the form, watch our video for tips and assistance.
We are unable to provide individual guidance on how you should answer a question. Please complete the form to the best of your ability.

  • If you are applying for a visa at the Embassy in London, you should select, England, London. If applying at the Consulate in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Belfast.
  • Consular Officers will use the information entered on the DS-160 to process the visa application and, combined with a personal interview, will determine an applicant’s eligibility for a nonimmigrant visa. If you have entered any information incorrectly, have saved the form but not transmitted it, you may make the corrections before transmitting it. If however, the form has been transmitted, you are to complete and submit a new form.

Filling out the DS-160 - Common Questions

What's my Programme number?

  • For Summer Work and Travel USA this is: P-3-04320
  • For Internship USA this is: P-3-05133
  • For Graduate Internship USA this is: P-3-05133
  • For Professional Career Training USA this is P-3-11217
  • For Summer Camp USA this is P-3-14839


If you experience issues with uploading a photograph, you may bring the photograph to the visa interview.

The DS-160 form may be accessed at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/

Before accessing the form, please note the following points:

The site does experience intermittent connectivity issues. As you complete the form, save a copy onto your hard drive and ‘save’ often;
Please see the Embassy Slideshare presentation before uploading the photograph. If your photo does not comply, it will be rejected;

Select the correct visa category under "Purpose of Travel to the United States" in the "Travel Information Section" - the drop down list will appear in answer to the question" Are you the Principal Applicant". If you do not see your visa category, click on “Other” for further information.
If asked the question “Have you attended any secondary educational institutions at secondary or above, you should list all educational institutions you have attended since the age of 11.

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