The U.S. Department of State (DOS) is transitioning to a fully web-based nonimmigrant visa form. This form, DS-160, eventually will replace the forms currently used to apply for nonimmigrant visas at the U.S. consulates. The new form is currently being used at twelve consular posts around the world. The new form is being implemented gradually. It is used at the following consulates: Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Sydney); Bermuda (Hamilton); Canada (Montreal, Vancouver); Hong Kong; Ireland (Dublin); Libya (Tripoli); Mexico (Ciudad Juarez, Hermosillo, Matamoros, Monterrey, Nogales, and Nuevo Laredo), and Montenegro (Podgorica). The new form will be available worldwide by the end of the 2009 calendar year. The expansion is currently limited, in part, due to server capacity.
The applicant will know on how to save the application and how to file as a family group. The DOS intends to add access to information in advance of the interview. This includes checking existing data bases, including the Petition Information Management Service, Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, and fraud-detection systems.