AUTHOR: Melina Villalobos.
The Department of State has taken another step toward the creation of a secure and efficient online immigrant and visa application experience. The DOS on September 3, 2013, began using an online immigrant visa application, replacing the old paper DS-230 and DS-3032 forms.
Applicants can apply online using Form DS-260 (Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration) and choose their agent online using Form DS-261 (Choice of Address and Agent). Applicants can access both forms online at ceac.state.gov.
The National Visa Center (NVC) may instruct applicants who previously submitted Form DS-230 to submit Form DS-260. Only Diversity Visa and Cuban Family Reunification Parole applicants will continue to use the paper forms.
Jackson Lewis attorneys are available to assist employers with any questions pertaining to the new automated process and other workplace requirements.