I am a software engineer. I am re-applying for a B1/B2 US visa (expired 4 months ago). I left my regular job 5 months ago and I'm working on my own startup (not registered yet). What should I write in the DS-160 form's primary occupation field, as there is no option for self-employed? If I choose computer science as my choice of primary occupation, then what employer details should I provide?
The primary occupation options (as far as I remember/could find, feel free to edit if I missed any) are the following broad catagories:
- Computer Science
- Legal Profession
- Physical Sciences
- Religious Vocation
- Social Science
- Not Employed
If you choose 'Other' you will have to provide an explanation, but in your case i.e. software engineer it will not make a material difference if you select Computer Science or Engineering.
You can mention your Present Employer as self-employed and if you work out of your home or a specific location mention that address. The details of what you do as being self-employed, you can mention in the 'Briefly describe your duties' section.
A suggestion: should you consider registering your business before this application and how will this period (working while business isn't registered) be reflected on the employment history for future visa purposes, consult an attorney on that.