Read this article for the steps to complete and review the DS-160 form which is required for the US F1 VISA application process. This form is one of the most important forms as the information you enter will be used by the VISA officers during your US F1 VISA interview. So make sure you fill out this form very carefully and make no mistakes.
1. Visit the official website and complete DS-160 form: An online F1 VISA application form is available on the website of the US consulate in India. The URL of the website is: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ The DS-160 form must be completed online. Your session times out after 50 minutes. So, you need to note down your application number also called as barcode number. The next time you log-in, you can resume from the point where you stopped. Complete the form very carefully. Each and every detail has to be entered with utmost care. Any mistakes in the form might lead to rejection of the F1 VISA. Check this sample DS-160 form which we have filled to help you if you are not sure what to enter in the form.
2. Verify the DS-160 form thoroughly: Once you have completed all mandatory fields in the DS-160 form, you will have verify and cross-check all the details entered. These details must match your passport, I-20 and SEVIS fee receipt. All the necessary information regarding education, job experience and other activities has to be entered correctly and hence the verification of the DS-160.
3. Submit DS-160 form and print confirmation page with barcode: After successfully completing theDS-160 form, a confirmation page having a 10-digit barcode will be available to you. You will have to take a print out of this page. This page is required for the OFC appointment which you need to schedule before your F1 VISA interview. This print must be taken on a LASER printer or a high quality printer. It is not necessary to print the DS-160 in colour, black and white print of DS-160 is allowed for F1 VISA
4. Print a DS-160 US VISA application form for reference: When you complete and submit the application, a link to print your completed US VISA form will be available to you. This link will be valid only for the first time. Once the session times out, the DS-160 form print link will be disabled. So, make sure you get a print of the form in the first session when you complete and submit your form. This form is not required for F1 US VISA interview.