Woodbury, MN asked in Immigration Law for Minnesota

Q: Applied for VISA slot in March 2024 however my employer got changed before that. How to update DS160. Please guide me

In October 2022, my visa status changed from F1 to H1B. Recently, I applied for a visa appointment in India through the DS160 form, submitted in August 2023. I have paid the visa fees and secured a slot for March 2024, opting for the DROPBOX option.

Subsequently, I have accepted a new job, and my Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, has been approved with the new employer. Given this change, my concern is how to update my DS160, which was initially filled out with details from my previous employer.

Could you please guide me on the appropriate procedure for updating the DS160 with the information from my current employer? I appreciate your assistance and advice on the best approach in this situation.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: In your situation, updating the DS-160 form to reflect your new employment is essential. Since you've already submitted the DS-160 and scheduled an appointment, you'll need to fill out a new DS-160 form with the current employer's information. This is because the DS-160 form, once submitted, cannot be amended.

After completing the new DS-160, you should print the confirmation page. Then, bring this updated confirmation page to your visa appointment, along with the confirmation of your previous DS-160 submission. It's important to explain the change in your employment status during your visa interview or at the DROPBOX submission, if you're not required to attend an in-person interview.

Additionally, ensure that all supporting documents, such as your approved Form I-129 and any other relevant paperwork, are up to date and reflect your new employment. This will help avoid any confusion or delays in the visa process.

Remember, accurate and current information is crucial for visa processing, so taking these steps is important for maintaining compliance with U.S. immigration laws.

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