The Department of State has taken another step toward the creation of a secure and efficient online immigrant and visa application experience. The DOS on September 3, 2013, began using an online immigrant visa application, replacing the old paper DS-230 and DS-3032 forms.

Applicants can apply online using Form DS-260 (Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration) and choose their agent online using Form DS-261 (Choice of Address and Agent). Applicants can access both forms online at ceac.state.gov.

The National Visa Center (NVC) may instruct applicants who previously submitted Form DS-230 to submit Form DS-260. Only Diversity Visa and Cuban Family Reunification Parole applicants will continue to use the paper forms.