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How to Update Form DS-160 After Submitting Online

Learn how to edit your DS-160 responses after submitting your application electronically

Form DS-160, also called the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, is a key step in applying for temporary U.S. visas, including the B-1/B-2 travel visa. Since the form is electronic and filed through an online portal, it can be difficult to know exactly how to go back and edit your responses after you submit it.

If you make a mistake or forget to add information to your form, don’t panic! Here are two ways to edit your Form DS-160 after submitting it online.

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Retrieve Your Application and Re-Create

Retrieving your previous application and updating it is the most simple way to make changes to your DS-160. If you’re choosing this option, complete the following steps:

Step 1: Log into the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) system and select “Retrieve an Application” using your application number. If you can’t remember your application number, you can retrieve it by answering security questions at this link.

Step 2: Select “Create a New Application.” Most of the form should auto-populate with your previous information and the responses you completed.

Step 3: Edit and update any questions as needed, then submit. This will create a new confirmation page. Be sure to save this new confirmation page, as you’ll need to bring it with you to the visa interview at a later stage in the process.

Amend from a DAT File

If you saved the DAT file from your original Form DS-160 to a hard drive or disk, you can access and edit the application at any time:

Step 1: On the “Getting Started” page, select “Upload a Previously Saved Application.”

Step 2: Make any necessary changes, then save and submit your new application. This will create a new confirmation page.


For either method, if the original Form DS-160 was used to book your visa appointment, you must present confirmation pages for both the new and original DS-160 at your visa interview at a U.S. Embassy or consulate. Each submission generates a different barcode that consular officers will use to identify and retrieve your application during the interview stage.