In late June 2011, the DOS issued a revised DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application. Among other things, the new online form contains features that give foreign nationals greater flexibility when attempting to save applications they are preparing. The accompanying instructions advise foreign nationals that they can seek assistance from others in completing the new form, but they must electronically sign and submit their own application. In this regard, the DOS emphasized that applicants must click the "Sign Application" button even if they receive assistance in preparing their application. According to the DOS, the DS-160 may not be accepted if someone else clicks that button.

The DS-160 is a long and complicated application. This new DOS rule promises to make the process that much more challenging for foreign nationals who need assistance in completing the form.