New US visa process from Feb 1

The new system would streamline the application process, Minister Counsellor for Consular Affairs at the US Embassy in Delhi Jim Herman told reporters here. “This would allow us to efficiently process applications,” he added.

The DS-160, a web-based non-immigrant visa application, incorporates all existing NIV applications into one interactive, online form. Visa applicants completing their applications as of January 19 will need to use the new form, he said.

The applicants will continue to complete visa application forms online, as they did previously with the electronic visa application form. With the new form, however, applicants will now submit applications via internet, eliminating the need for paper applications. “The applicant would have to fill up visa papers electronically, answer a few questions online and approach the consulate with a print-out of a one-page confirmation with barcode,” he said.
“We have spent around five million dollars on hardware around the world to implement the new system,” Herman said.

The new measure is aimed at ensuring paperless process while applying for visas, Consular Section chief David Tyler said.

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