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What is Form DS-230?

The Form DS-230 is an application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration. Each applicant must submit a completed form with the correct documents attached. This may pose challenges, as the information needs to be accurate and pertinent. In order to help you in this endeavor, here are some common questions about Form DS-230.

How to answer the following question when there are multiple addresses: “List all the places you have lived in for at least six months”?

In a case like this, you would want to list all the details in an affidavit attached to the form. You can also mention the same locations on the DS-230 form as best as possible along with addresses. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in most cases will accept these forms as long as they correspond to the applicant’s records and there’s a valid explanation for more than one address.

If one is engaged to be married to a US citizen what should be entered in the spouse category?

Since the wedding is yet to take place, the details regarding marriage and spouse would be “not applicable or N/A.”

Does each family member need to file a separate DS-230 and police clearance or is it combined?

Each family member needs to file their own DS-230 form. Police clearance is required for any country a person has lived in after the age of 16 years with the exception of United States. The National Visa Center (NVC) will look into the U.S. clearance.

Can a minor sign a DS-230 forms?

Forms DS-230 is similar to a contract and is legally binding. Minors do not have the authority to sign contracts and it will not be accepted without the parent or guardian’s signature.

What civil documents are required?

The main civil documents that need to be submitted are birth, marriage, and adoption certificates.

What is the size of the photographs required?

The photographs need to be 2x2 passport size.

If names are misspelled on the supporting documents, will the application be rejected?

Correcting the error would be beneficial as the misspelled name could belong to another person. Usually this can be done easily by requesting the authority that issued the document to attach the addendum confirming the right spelling.

How long does it take to get an appointment?

The interview will be scheduled once form has been sent along with the affidavit of support. On average, it takes around 3-4 weeks for the interview/appointment. If an appointment has not been set after four weeks, an inquiry can be emailed to find out the status of the application.

If the applicant does not have information on their parents, would this affect the application process?

It is a common scenario that visa applicants may not be aware of their parents’ information. When you are unaware it is acceptable to list as “unknown” and this should not affect the application. This is usually allowed as long as it is truthful that he/she is genuinely ignorant of the information. 

Filing visa forms can be a complicated process. What you fill out will be the basis on which you will be questioned at your visa interview by the immigration officer. Being equipped with the right information and being honest will make the process simpler and hassle-free for both the applicant and the interviewer. Knowing immigration Experts are readily available to assist you in filling out an application will make the process easier and less complicated.

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