How to fill out form DS-230

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How to fill out form DS-230
Anyone wishing to immigrate to the US must fill in form DS-230 (Andy Sotiriou/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Anyone wishing to immigrate to the United States must complete form DS-230, the Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration. The form is in two parts. Both parts must be completed by or on behalf of all family members applying for the visa. Parents or legal guardians may complete the form on the behalf of young children. Part I of the form should be completed and signed at home. Part II should be completed at home but should not be signed until the visa interview.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • Form DS-230

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Instructions

    Part I

  1. 1

    Enter the personal details requested in Sections 1 to 9. These include your full name, other names used including maiden names for married women, age, date of birth, place of birth and nationality.

  2. 2

    Enter the address where you intend to live when you arrive in the U.S. and the name of a person who currently lives there in Section 10. If you want your Permanent Resident Card ("green card") to be sent to a different address in the U.S., enter the address in Section 11. Otherwise write "N/A" or "Same as Section 10." Enter your current occupation in Section 12 and your current address in Section 13.

  3. 3

    Enter your spouse's name and details in Section 14 to 18. If you do not have a spouse write "N/A." Enter your parents' names and details in Sections 19 to 28. Enter your children's names and details in Section 29. Include details for all your children, even if you are not intending for them to immigrate with you.

  4. 4

    List all the places you have lived for six months or longer since the age of 16 in Section 30. Enter the name of any spouse or children who will accompany you to the U.S. in Section 31a. Enter the name of any spouse or children who you wish to join you at a later date in Section 31b.

  5. 5

    Enter the details of your employment over the past 10 years in Section 32. Enter the occupation in which you intend to work in the U.S. If you are not sure write "Not sure yet."

  6. 6

    List the languages you speak, any professional associations you belong to and all educational institutions you have attended in Section 33. Indicate whether you have served in the military by putting a cross in the appropriate box marked "Yes" or "No" in section 34. If you answer "Yes," enter the details as requested.

  7. 7

    List all previous visits to the U.S. in Section 35. Write "Never" if you have never visited. Then sign and date Part I.

    Part II

  1. 1

    Enter the personal details requested in Sections 36 to 39. These include your full name, telephone number and email address. Names and addresses should match those provided on Part I of the form.

  2. 2

    Answer all the questions in Section 41 to 44 by putting a cross in the appropriate box marked "Yes" or "No." Section 44 asks if anyone assisted you in completing the form. If you answer "Yes" give details of the person who assisted you in the space provided.

  3. 3

    Do not complete Section 45 or sign Part II until your interview with a consular officer. The officer will assist you in completing Section 45. They must also witness you date and sign Part II of the form.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not leave any sections blank. Write "N/A" for any questions that are not applicable.
  • Do not leave any gaps in your employment or residence history. If you were unemployed or homeless, indicate this in the appropriate section.
  • All answers and information must be truthful and accurate. False or misleading statements or willful concealment of facts may lead to the applicant being permanently excluded from the United States.

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