The next step in acquiring your student visa is to fill out an online visa application form, called the DS-160. It is for this step you will need the photo of yourself, as mentioned in my previous post. Please make sure that your photograph is of good quality, and that it meets all the criteria’s found on the DS-160 website.
Your DS-160 application has to be accurate. Otherwise, you may be prosecuted for perjury. All information you fill inn and all statements you make in your DS-160 and at your visa interview are under the penalty of perjury. Before taking your fingerprints at the embassy, the officer will direct you to make a statement. The statement goes as follows:
By submitting my fingerprint, I am certifying under penalty of perjury that I have read and understood the questions in my visa application and that all statements that appear in my visa application have been made by me and are true and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Furthermore, I certify under penalty of perjury that I will tell the truth during my interview and that all statements made by me during my interview will be complete to the best of my ability.
This is something you just don’t joke around with. More about the visa interview in my next and final post about the visa process.
In the DS-160 form, you will be asked to enter much of your personal data, including name, nationality, languages spoken passport information, information regarding your relatives ties to the United States, information about your family, what countries you have visited within the last few years, where you’ve been employed, where you’ve gone to school, information about your new american institution (Hult International Business School in my case), institution point of contact and much more. Also, you will have to answer several pages of questions regarding among others your criminal history (fortunately all clean in my case, otherwise I bet your chances are smaller) and what organizations you have ties to. The application is extensive, and it may take you several hours to complete and to verify all the information your entering, so be prepared to spend some time on this form. Personally I spent a whole afternoon just finding out and verifying exactly what countries I’ve visited.
Luckily you can save your application, and it will be saved on their servers for 30 days. You can also download a copy to your own hard drive in case you expect to spend even more time.
PS! There is an administrative fee of $160 associated with the DS-160 application, that comes on top of your already paid SEVIS-fee.