The DS-260 is the main ‘Alien Registration’ form that requires lots of details and information about the intending immigrant. It’s long BUT it can be saved as you go along. It took me 2 hours 30 to complete it…and I had most of the information on hand ready! Unlike all the other forms in the process, it’s submitted online, so it’s difficult to find copies of the form online to prepare yourself (the others are mainly downloadable PDF files that can be filed in the computer and printed or filled in with pen). Here’s a guide to what the DS-260 form includes.
It may be long, but I found it easier to fill in than the other forms. Each page has step by step instructions in the margin and it doesn’t let you continue if there is a problem with the current page…such as a filling in error. Altogether there are 8 different sections.
Personal 1 – Name, Previous Names, Date of Birth
Personal 2 – Passport Details, Additional Nationalities (yes or no answer)
ADDRESS AND PHONE
Present & Previous – Current address of the intending immigrant, Previous addresses since the age of 16, Current phone number, Current email address
Mailing & Permanent – Current mailing address, Where you intend to live when you arrive in the States (name and address of who currently lives there), Is that where you want the green card to be delivered (yes or no answer)
Parents – Father (name, surname, date of birth, place of birth, current address), Mother (Name, surname, date of birth, place of birth, current address)
Spouse – Name, Surname, Date of birth, Place of birth, Current address, current occupation, Date and place of marriage, Are they immigrating with you?
Previous Spouse – Yes or no answer…I answered no, so I’m not sure of the details if the answer was yes
Children – Yes or no answer…Again, I said no
PREVIOUS US TRAVEL
Have you been issued an Alien Registration Number – Yes or no answer
Details of the last 5 trips into the USA – Date of arrival (DAY, Month and Year), Length of stay
*TIP*: I always keep travel journals so for me, this was simple. Most of my last 5 trips were to see my other half so I had already included this as part of my i-130 evidence
Previous USA Visa – I had been issued a J-1 in the past…easy to answer, all the details required were in my old passport (Visa number was stamped in RED)
Have you been refused a USA visa – Yes or no answer
Present – Primary occupation, What occupation do you intend to work in the US (both drop down menus)
Previous – Business name, address, phone number, job title, supervisor’s surname, supervisor’s given name, employed from (DAY, Month and Year), employed to (DAY, Month and Year)…for the past 10 YEARS
*TIP*: I think this was what partly took me so long to fill in the form. For me, the past 10 years goes back to when I was 16 and had part time jobs while at college etc. I had to google most of the companies and I could barely remember my supervisor’s surnames (half of them no longer work there either). It was always a pain that they needed a day, month and year (drop down menu), luckily for previous job applications I had been required to give something similar so had the months and years to hand…but not the dates of when I started or finished, I had to guess as close to what I thought it would have been. If ever I have kids, I’ll force them to keep a record of this!
Additional – Have you been in the military (Yes or no answer)
Who the petitioner is – chose from a drop down menu
Petitoner details – Surname, Given names, Address, Phone number, Email address
SECURITY AND BACKGROUND
Lots of yes or no answers including: Medical & Health, Criminal, Security, Immigration law violations, Other
*TIP*: Most answers are obviously no (well I hope they are in light of everything that’s been going on recently…), the only one for me that required additional information from me was that I haven’t yet had the required injections so I explained I will be having them closer to when I have the medical but I WILL have them before my embassy interview…hopefully they’ll accept this
SOCIAL SECURITY INFORMATION
Have you applied for an SSN – Yes or no answer
Do you want to be issued an SSN and Card – Yes or no answer…I said yes
Do you authorise discloser of information for the SSN – Yes or no answer…I said yes
*Sign and submit*
The confirmation sheet then has to be printed and taken to the embassy appointment. As you can see it’s all very simple information. When reading up on the process before I started it, I thought the NVC part sounded like it was going to be the hardest of the 3 sections, so far it’s been a lot easier than the i-130 stage. Everything is explained in black and white and the website guides you step by step so it’s very helpful!
Any questions, please feel free to ask below! I will try my best to answer, HOWEVER, I’m not an immigration expert, I can only advise from my personal experience. Form was submitted in 2016