The State Department requires electronic submission of a Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, prior to an individual’s interview appointment in connection with a nonimmigrant visa application at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas. While information in the Form DS-160 cannot be changed or amended after the form is electronically submitted, applicants needing to make a correction may retrieve the information contained in the submitted forms in one of two ways. First, if the application was submitted less than 30 days prior to the date of access, the applicant may log into the Consular Electronic Application Center system, enter the application identification number, and select “Retrieve an Application.” When prompted by the system, the applicant should opt to create a new application, which will cause the entire prior application to appear (with the exception of information relating to travel plans to the U.S.) The applicant may then edit the information as required, and re-submit the application. Alternatively, if the applicant saved the DAT file from the original application, the applicant can access and amend the information contained in a submitted application at any time and electronically submit a new Form DS-160 after making any required changes. Applicants must bring confirmation pages from both the original and revised Form DS-160 with them when they appear at the Embassy or Consulate if the original Form DS-160 was used to book the visa appointment or pay related fees, as each submission contains a unique barcode. 

Elizabeth Edgar