I submitted my DS160 for a non-immigrant visa and selected Belfast as the location as I believed that to be the most suitable at the time. When it came to the appointment schedule, I chose London as it was a better date. My interview is tomorrow and I have just realised this discrepency.

Should I create a new DS160 form? Will this scupper my chances of getting the Visa?


  • did you end up running into any issues with your interview? I've made the same mistake, and want to make sure that I don't need to fill out a new DS-160 with the correct location. Oct 9, 2018 at 17:00
  • No issues - see the answer below.
    – andy-m
    Oct 19, 2018 at 14:31

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Panic over, should have looked closer.

From US VISA Site : https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/forms/ds-160--online-nonimmigrant-visa-application/frequently-asked-questions.html

What happens to my DS-160 if I select a U.S. Embassy or Consulate where I will be applying for my visa, but end up making an interview appointment instead at another U.S. Embassy or Consulate?

The Embassy or Consulate at which you actually apply should be able to access your form using the barcode on your DS-160 confirmation page, which you must bring to the visa interview. For example, a business traveler intends to apply for his visa at the U.S. Embassy in City X, so he selects City X as the location where he will submit his application when he completes his DS-160. He then has an urgent reason to travel to City Y on business. Because there is a U.S. Consulate in City Y, he schedules an appointment for a visa interview there, using the barcode from his completed DS-160 application for appointment scheduling. The U.S. Consulate in City Y is able to accept his DS-160 even though it lists the U.S. Embassy in City X as the location where he originally intended to submit his application.


Right, so also had this problem. Called up and the advisor on the phone told me to do another one. And I found the following information which is confusing because it appears to contradict the "city x, city y" information given above: https://photos.state.gov/libraries/unitedkingdom/164203/pdf/Belfast-FAQs-2015.pdf

I am none the wiser and spending an evening doing another one :-/

  • Update on this, I called the helpline again and they still told me I need to do a new DS-160, but this involves rescheduling the appointment! At this stage, I'm better off just trying in Belfast, and if I have to do another one, getting a new appointment after that. I was then told to do whatever the state.gov FAQ told me to do. It looks like the travel.state.gov FAQ says I will be OK. I've printed out the FAQ to take to the interview to show (travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/…)
    – JVM
    Dec 3, 2019 at 10:51

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