The US Consulate officials today announced that a new online visa application process would be launched from February 1, wherein non-immigrant visa applications will be submitted using an electronic form.
The new system would streamline the application process, Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs at the US Embassy in Delhi Jim Herman told reporters here. "This would allow us to efficiently process applications," he added.
The DS-160, a web-based non-immigrant visa application, incorporates all existing NIV applications into one interactive, online form. Visa applicants completing their applications as of January 19 will need to use the new form, he said.
The applicants will continue to complete visa application forms online, as they did previously with the electronic visa application form. With the new form, however, applicants will now submit applications via internet, eliminating the need for paper applications.
"The applicant would have to fill up visa papers electronically, answer a few questions online and approach the consulate with a print-out of a one-page confirmation with barcode," he said.