U.S. NIV Applicants from India May Now Update DS-160 Info After Visa Interview is Scheduled

The new visa application system, introduced in India in September 2012, requires nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applicants to create a profile at www.ustraveldoc.com/in after completion of the DS-160 form, and to generate the payment code to remit the visa application fee. Next, they must schedule the visa interview. In its original form, the system did not allow the applicant to modify the confirmation code provided by the Consular Electronic Application Center (i.e., the CEAC code). This CEAC confirmation code is generated as evidence of submission of the DS-160 online. Recently, the system has been improved to permit primary applicant/s to provide a new CEAC confirmation code, generated by submitting a new DS-160.

This modification can be effected only up to midnight preceding the biometrics appointment. The code cannot be modified for any dependents added to the primary applicant’s profile. For example, if a husband, wife, and child apply for a B-2 visa as a family, and the father is the primary applicant and adds the wife and child to his CEAC profile as dependents, the CEAC confirmation code can be modified only for the father in this example. An applicant may need to modify the confirmation code if s/he discovers any mistake on the DS-160 after Signing and Submitting the same.

Though this feature is available, it is important for U.S. visa applicants to take sufficient time and verify that all information presented is accurate prior to submission of the DS-160 form. This will avoid multiple DS-160 forms with conflicting information.

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