New Information on DOS Transition to Electronic DS-260

Date: August 30, 2013

By: Edward Shulman

New Information on DOS Transition to Electronic DS-260

On September 3, 2013, the Department of State will transition to an online immigrant visa application. Immigrant visa applicants will apply online using Form DS-260 (Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration). Applicants will choose their agent online using Form DS-261 (Choice of Address and Agent). Applicants will access both forms on the web at ceac.state.gov.

These forms replace the paper DS-230 and DS-3032. The National Visa Center (NVC) may instruct some applicants who previously submitted Form DS-230 to submit Form DS-260. Only Diversity Visa and Cuban Family Reunification Parole applicants will continue to use the paper forms.

Generally, if a DS-230 has already been submitted and accepted, the applicant will not need to complete the DS-260 UNLESS instructed to do so by the NVC or a consular officer.

  • If a case is already documentarily qualified and awaiting scheduling, the case will proceed with the DS-230.
  • If a case is still in the document collection phase and a checklist letter is sent for any reason, even if a DS-230 is on file, you will be instructed to complete Form DS-260.
  • If the NVC has already scheduled the consular interview and sent the case to post with the DS-230, then it will stay a DS-230 case. A person will not need to complete the DS-260 unless a consular officer requests it.
  • If you are ready to send the DS-230 before September 3rd, you can, but if the case is not documentarily qualified, you will receive a checklist letter which includes completing Form DS-260. However, if the DS-230 is complete and is the last thing needed to make the case documentarily qualified, you may send the DS-230 at this time.

To make the long story short - I wouldn't be here now writing this review if it wasn't for him. He fought with me and for me as if he was defending himself and not some stranger from a foreign country. I will highly recommend him - if your case has any chance at all he is the one you need.

-Immigration Client

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