Beginning January 20, 2009, the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico requires all non-immigrant visa applicants to use the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application when applying for a nonimmigrant visa, regardless of visa class.
To date, five other U.S. consulates require use of the DS-160: Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico; Montreal and Vancouver, Canada; and Hong Kong. Eventually, all U.S. consulate worldwide will require use of the DS-160.
The DS-160 is completed and submitted entirely online. The application may be completed by a third party but ultimately the actual visa applicant must submit the form online. Upon submission of the DS-160, the applicant receives a confirmation page that he or she must take to the visa interview appointment. All information submitted electronically is stored in the Department of State database and is retrieved by the U.S. consular officer at the interview via the confirmation page. For information about the DS-160 and the other U.S. consulates requiring this latest visa application please click here.