Form DS-156 No Longer Required of Fiancé Visa (K-1/K-2) Applicants

Get ready for the new form DS-160.

Two of the forms that were once central to any application for a fiancé visa (via consular processing, not adjustment of status) are being phased out in 2013. If you’ve read Nolo books such as How to Get a Green Card or Fiancé and Marriage Visas or U.S. Immigration Made Easy, you know that applicants for a U.S. fiancé visa (K-1 for the primary visa holder, K-2 for dependent) who are coming from overseas must fill out various forms and documents as part of their “consular processing.” This is all handled through the National Visa Center (NVC) and the U.S. consulate in the person’s home country.

Now, however, there will be much less mailing back and forth, because Forms DS-156, DS-156K, and DS-230 (Parts I and II) will all be consolidated into the online form DS-160, the so-called “Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application.”

If you have already filled out the old version of the forms and are simply awaiting your fiancé visa interview, don’t worry – according to the State Department’s guidance, the consulate is not likely to require you to fill out the newer version during this transition period.