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How long can I take to fill and submit my DS-160 form after booking an interview appointment?
You must submit your DS-160 application online prior to making an appointment for an interview at the Consulate.Read here: Apply for a U.S. Visa
How do I edit information on a DS-160 form after having booked the appointment and paid the visa fee?
Happy news! Even after taking an appointment date, you can edit the details entered in the DS 160 form. This is regarding the B1/B2 (tourism) visa. I updated my DS 160 form more than a month after taking an appointment and just 3 days before the biometrics session. And I didn’t face any issues at the consulate. [May 2018]Also please not that it has been noticed that you might not be able to edit the new DS 160 application number of your “dependents” - (spouse/kids/relatives), if there are any, in the appointment confirmation page.Therefore, the following information is only for those applicants who are applying for US B1/B2 visa alone without any dependents. Only the main applicant’s can be changed.Note: You do not have to pay the application fees again if you do this.Log in to Nonimmigrant Visa - Instructions Page and retrieve your EXISTING APPLICATION. The cash you paid already will not be refunded, so just edit using the same application numberYou will get the following message on the screen:The DS-160 application you are attempting to retrieve has been submitted. Select an option below and click the "Continue" button.*View Confirmation Page *Create a New ApplicationSelect the option: “Create a New Application” and click “Continue”A new DS 160 application number will be generated and that will be your new number for attending the interview.Make necessary changes that you were planning to. Please note: While most of your details would be available in the new form as well, some data wouldn’t be retrieved and you will have to enter them manually again. Especially, the security questions towards the end.Once the errors are corrected, submit the new DS 160 form.You will receive new U.S. DoS - CEAC Confirmation. Take its print out.Next is an IMPORTANT stepLog in to the website https://cgifederal.secure.force.... where you have taken an appointment for bio metrics and interview.Update your profile there with the new DS 160 application number.SubmitYou will get a new appointment confirmation with the new application number.Carry both the new DS 160 form and appointment confirmation for the bio metrics session and interview. No need to carry the ones with the old application number as their system will be updated with the new number.Also, your slot for biometrics and interview will be the same like before.Wish you good luck.
How long can I take to fill and submit my DS-160 form after booking an interview appointment for the US embassy?
You cannot obtain an interview date without first filling out and submitting the DS-160 online. The online form will keep for no more than 30 calendar days (regular days, not business days) and one can resume filling out the form from where they left off by entering a code that you are given after you log-out of the session where you’re filling out the DS-160.Example: you start filling out the form online today but you don’t finish because there are other things that have kept you from finishing. Simply save your progress (there should be a “save” button somewhere on each page of the online form) and you’ll be given a code. It is important that you save this code either in writing or taking a screenshot of it so that the next time you enter the site to fill out the DS-160 you just enter the code and the form will resume from where you left off, otherwise you’ll have to start over.The data is saved on the U.S. State Department servers (I assume, the data could be stored elsewhere) for no more than 30 days, so you have 30 days to complete the form from the day you start, though it doesn’t take more than an hour to complete (speaking from personal experience).
What is it like to move to the USA from India for a job?
Interesting, as it gives me an opportunity to reflect back on those confusing, exciting and sometimes scary days.I got an offer from Google on 23rd May, 2012, to work in their Mountain View campus. Anyway, I was expecting it, so it was more of a relief than happiness. Oh, now all I had to do was to sit back like a king and let Google's super efficient employees take care of the Visa hassle. Life's not so easy, I learnt soon. I came to know about this H-1B Cap, and of the fact that the cap was expected to be met sometime in mid June. I was also informed that I would need to present my provisional degree. Whooops, for my seniors had informed me that the college doesn't give out results until July, let alone the provisional degree. I rushed to my college, requested my reluctant HOD, pleaded for help from teachers, badgered examination department for early results, slept on the floor of my friend's room. Frankly, I was half convinced that I would not be able to present the required documents and the offer was a goner. Luckily, my college did manage to bring out the results in time ( conversion to IIT might have played some role ). I submitted the required documents on 8th June, 2 days before the cap expired.The H-1B petition was accepted in first week of July and I had to apply for Visa, by filling up a DS-160 form. What followed was horrific, and though later I learnt that the problem I faced was common, I had almost cried to myself at that time. Okay, so in my passport, the surname section is empty**. While surname is not mandatory anywhere in India, in US it is, and the form DS-160 asked the name exactly as it is in passport. Oh, but I was kind of splitting my name everywhere and putting the middle name in surname section. I even had H-1B approved. Will they reject the petition now ? The lawyer doesn't seem to have any answers too. Why didn't she match up the information as I did send her a scan of my passport pages? US is supposedly so strict while dealing with immigration issues. What will happen in the Visa interview ? Why the hell do I not have a surname ? This was the 2nd time I thought I'd lose my job even before I actually got it.The lawyer advised me to go through it and I did, with a constant fear that I don't become a victim of Murphy's law. Well, I would sincerely like to write up a melodrama for your entertainment, but the process was pretty smooth, and I did receive my Visa, albeit with an FNU attached to my name. Sorry for the anti-climax.The next 2 months were cool, apart from some instances when my mother would slip in something like "Unka beta gaya tha US, laut ke hi nahi aaya. Ek bar koi jata hai to laut ke kahan aata hai"(His son went to the US to never come back. People don't come back once settled in the US). I decided to visit my relatives and friends across the country. I got to see many different walks of life and their thoughts. While I always knew this in principle, I realized that everybody is fighting for better lives harder than I thought. There is a feeling of guilt inside there sometimes, and I question myself how am I better than most of the people out there. There is no definitive answer yet. It seems the achievements are not the results but rather a prelude. I guess I miss that here now, since I interact so less with the people outside my work life. I also miss the calmness  ( or lethargy ) I used to feel with my friends among all the chaos, and that ability to laugh on all our misfortunes. I guess I have not grown up enough.Coming to the question, the difficulties you face once you start to live here have to depend upon where you live. I live in a community of lots of Indians, so I guess that as a bachelor the only difficulty I face is a very high tax rate. Differentiating between different types of meat might also be a problem. For example: Ham, pepperoni, bacon are all pork. Rennet is a type of cheese you should avoid. Better not eat anything in restaurants you are not sure about. I absolutely hate the pizza they give here. The Indian version is so much better with all the spices. Public transport can be painful if you are not living in a big city, and taxi rates are absurdly high. My friends paid 160$ for 30 miles of ride on their way from Airport to the hotel. Don't do the math, I suggest. You would be left gaping. Always try to find out if there is cheaper option available. Items are not that costly, but any sort of physical service or labor is way too expensive. For the first few days, you would always keep bumping into people while walking because of opposite traffic directions. Also, you might consider bringing your mug for the bathroom, if you know what I mean :D.Overall, the people are very nice. I am yet to meet someone rude. It's not uncommon to wish someone randomly while walking, something I would never do back at home. Thanking your driver each time you get off the bus seemed absurd at the beginning. I mean, that's his job right, but now I genuinely appreciate that. Google provides awesome free food. US is a very beautiful country naturally, and in your first few weeks you would be appreciating the beauty all the time. I suggest you should make friends with as many people from different culture as possible, for the US ( and Google ) does provide that opportunity. It's an awesome way to learn. Imagine sitting in a classroom of 70 with more than, let's say 30 nationalities ( estimated data, no proof ). Also, don't get carried away with all the friends saying you can get any girlfriend you want, that's not true at all. I am sorry if you wasted your time reading this and couldn't find a good casino in Vegas, or an awesome national park to camp. I think Quora might have other posts that should answer your question. Have fun.** The surname "Pandey" listed here is not in any official document. My arrival on internet world was put up by my friends, and they set up my identity with my family surname. I myself didn't pay a lot of attention to it until the above mentioned incident. All my official documents list my name as "Aseem Kumar". Since "Kumar" is a common middle name in India, many times even officials don't consider that as surname and instead, put it up with first name. Hell, one of my friends Deepak Kumar couldn't convince a passport official to put Kumar in surname.PS : All the observations are based on my 2 months of experiences living in Mountain View, California. Things might be radically different in other places. I just don't have enough experience as of now.
Is it okay to pay visa fees before filling out the DS-160 form?
No you can’t make visa fee before submitting the DS-160, because once you submit the DS-160 form, it send a email to you with submission confirmation number which is important to synch the payments under your application. Bother how will they ever know who paid for which application.
How can I retrieve my DS-160 application? I have submitted it?
Once a DS-160 form is submitted, you may not change the answers on the form or cancel the submission. In fact, only the embassy can do that now. However, you are allowed to retrieve the information from a previously submitted DS-160 to review the details and populate some fields on a new form and submit a new DS-160 form.To retrieve the DS-160, go to the the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160)- Apply For a Nonimmigrant Visa site.Then, select the location where you applied for the DS-160 and enter the code below.Then click on “Retrieve an Application”.You will then need to enter your Application ID and security question you selected before. Usually, your Application ID is the first five letters of your surname followed by your year of birth.Home - LoveVisaLife