If you’re in the process of applying for a US visa and you accidentally closed your browser or failed to submit your DS-160 application correctly, don’t panic! In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how to retrieve your old DS-160 application.
Step 1: Visit the Official Website
To begin, you need to go to the official website of the US Department of State, which is https://ceac.state.gov/GenNIV/Default.aspx. This website is where you can retrieve your old DS-160 application.
Step 2: Enter Your Location and CAPTCHA
Once you’re on the website, enter the location where you submitted your application, followed by the CAPTCHA. The CAPTCHA is to verify that you’re a real person and not a robot.
Step 3: Input Your Old DS-160 Confirmation Number
After entering the location and CAPTCHA, you’ll be directed to a new page where you must input your old DS-160 Confirmation Number. This is the number you received when you initially completed your DS-160 application.
Step 4: Enter Personal Information
You’ll be prompted to provide your surname, year of birth, and answer a security question. This is to verify your identity and ensure that you are the rightful owner of the DS-160 application that you are trying to retrieve.
Step 5: Create a New Application
Once you have entered your personal information, you’ll be given two options. The first option is to skip the top (View Confirmation Page) and select “Create a New Application” and continue. You’ll get a new DS-160 confirmation number on the top right-hand, pre-populated with the details from your old form. Select this option and follow the on-screen instructions to create a new application with your old details.
Step 6: Save and Update CGI Portal
After creating a new application, it is vital to save the first page and write down the new confirmation number. This is the number you’ll use going forward until you submit. Lastly, remember to update your CGI portal with the new confirmation number generated.
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Retrieving your old DS-160 application is easy, and by following the above steps, you can quickly retrieve your old DS-160 application and continue the visa application process. We hope this tutorial has been informative and helpful. If you have any questions or concerns, leave a comment below.