visa applicants applying for visas at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki are required
to complete the online non-immigrant electronic visa application form DS-160;
we no longer accept the forms DS-156, DS-157 and DS-158.
The DS-160 is a fully integrated online application form that is used to collect the necessary application information from people seeking a non-immigrant visa. The DS-160 is submitted electronically to the post where the applicant will apply for their visa. Consular Officers will use the information entered on the DS-160 to process the visa application and, combined with a personal interview, will determine an applicant’s eligibility for a non-immigrant visa.
The DS-160 form may be accessed through the Department at State Application Center.
Before accessing the form, please note the following points:
- The site does experience intermittent connectivity issues. As you complete the form, save a copy onto your hard drive and ‘save’ often;
- Review the Department of State photo specifications before uploading the photograph. If your photo does not comply, it will be rejected;
- Select the correct location at which you will apply for the visa. If applying at the Embassy, please select Helsinki, Finland;
- Provide accurate and complete information in answer to the questions. You will be given an opportunity to review the information before submitting the form. If you submit a DS-160 that is inaccurate or incomplete, your application will be rejected;
- Select the correct visa category under "Purpose of Travel to the United States" in the "Travel Information Section" - the drop down list will appear in answer to the question" Are you the Principal Applicant". If you do not see your visa category, click on “Other” for further information.
- If asked the question “Have you attended any educational institutions other than an elementary school”, you should list all educational institutions you have attended since the age of 11.
NOTE: If DS-160 does not provide complete and accurate information, we will not be able to process the application. You will be required to complete a new DS-160 and reschedule the appointment.