Due to time out, my application exited without completion. I failed in retrieving the application because my surname is only 4 letters. Since I already made the payment with the ID no. of the previous application, if I fill in another new form, will there be any impact on the payment?

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    You retrieve a DS-160 application with the application id, which is sent to your email I believe. Where are you filling the DS-160 application ? When you make a payment you get a confirmation email, check your inbox. Payment is for the original application, you cannot change it now. – DumbCoder Jun 13 '17 at 8:32

If you closed the browser and forgot to save the Application ID number and you have finish it, is close to impossible to recover but I was able to do it as follows. The Website doesn't allow anymore to click on forgot application ID, this is what I did, I was using Chrome, for other browser find out yourself based on this steps: 1-Enable browsing offline (not necessary, maybe useful in the future) go to chrome://flags/#show-saved-copy select enable secondary 2-Go to browse cache open a tab chrome://cache/ I was able to find it in this URL https://ceac.state.gov/GenNIV/General/complete/complete_uscontact.aspx?node=USContact but it can be in other URL as well. search in the text for the word lblRecoveryAppID it will be located right after right here

  • For firefox, the entry is "RecoveryAppID" or "Application ID". I never could imagine I have to grep into firefox cache for this purpose. – user3528438 Apr 20 '18 at 1:50
  • This does not work anymore as chrome://cache/ is not supported anymore – Whizkid747 Apr 8 at 5:00

On mac look for google chrome cache location- Sample:


Then grep -> grep lblRecoveryAppID * It will list all cached application ids

  • Perfect! It would take a minute to finish searching. – Thanh Nguyen Nov 30 '18 at 2:15
  • Once I got the file names from the grep command, I had to search for lblAppID to find the application ID. – Whizkid747 Apr 8 at 5:00
  • In windows you can goto C:\{user}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cache and do a -> findstr lblRecoveryAppID * – Snehan Solomon May 18 at 20:28
  • In my case I needed: grep -Ra lblRecoveryAppID . to account for binary files and avoid "too many arguments" error. – Bogdan Gusiev Jul 10 at 14:15

The Consular Electronic Application Center gives instructions on how to retrieve a DS-160 application, either by using the Application ID or, if you 'forgot your application id,' to do so by answering your security questions.

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