Immigration Attorney’s Tips for Completing DS-260
1. When need to complete DS-260?
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2. Tips for completing DS-260 from an Immigration Attorney
1) An immigrant visa application fee ($325/each applicant) must be paid online before filling out the DS-260.
2) To begin, you’ll need a NVC case number, and invoice number from the NVC’s immigrant visa application notification.
3) The DS-260 includes the following parts: Personal Information, Address and Phone Information (address since 16 years of age), Family Information, Previous U.S. Travel Information, Work/Education/Training Information (in the last 10 years), Petitioner Information, Security and Background Information, Social Security Number Information, and Preparer of Application.
4) It will take about 2-4 hours to complete the DS-260. You can save it in the middle and login again to continue to fill out. Be careful, you only have 15-20 minutes to stay in each page. If you stay in one page too long, you cannot save the information you fill out in this page. So if you have much information to fill out in certain page, you should fill out some of them, save, then continue to fill out the remaining information and save again.
5) The entire DS-260 must be filled in English. You can have someone help you fill it out. This individual should provide his or her information as the Preparer of Application.
7) After you complete and submit the DS-260, you will be required to submit civil documents based on the information provided in the DS-260. For example, if you mentioned you are married currently and have two prior spouses, you will be required to provide a marriage certificate and termination documents for the two prior marriages.
8) Be careful when you fill out the address you have lived since your 16th birthday in the DS-260. You must provide a police certificate from any country or region (other than the United States) where you have physically lived for more than consecutive 6 months after you turn 16 years of age.
9) After you submit the DS-260 online, you cannot change any information in it online. Nevertheless, if you find a mistake later, you can just inform the consular officer at your immigrant visa interview about the mistake and ask to have it corrected at that time.
11) If you never have a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN), you can request one in the DS-260. Once you enter the United States with an immigrant visa, a SSN will be mailed to you usually within one month.
12) In the Security and Background Information of the DS-260, there is a question asking whether you have documentation to establish that you have received vaccinations in accordance with U.S. law, you can simply check YES even if you don’t have an immigration medical exam yet.
13) Be careful to answer the YES/NO questions in the Security and Background Information of the DS-260, except the vaccination question above, YES to any of these questions might cause your ineligibility to a green card. You’d better consult a skilled immigration attorney if that the case.
14) Once you’ve submitted the DS-260 online, you must print the confirmation page and bring it with other necessary documents to your visa interview at the U.S. consulate.
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