DS-160 Form – Update
As of November 1, applicants completing the DS-160 can retrieve an incomplete application even if they have not saved it to the hard drive or a disc. These changes will help those who begin an application and need to step away for further information, or those who lose their connection or the application times out on them. This option will be available for only 30 days so we recommend that you still save the DS-160 onto your hard drive or disc. You can do this by clicking on the SAVE button at the bottom of the last page of the form and following the instructions for saving the file.
In order to be able to retrieve an incomplete form without having saved it, you will require an Application ID. The Application ID will be found in the top left-hand corner of the page once you have selected the location at which you will apply for the visa and have clicked on the “Start a New Application” button. Keep this Application ID safe as it will be required should you wish to access the unsaved DS-160 anytime within 30 days of completing the form. Remember if you do not save the form to the hard drive or disc, you will only be able to access the incomplete application form for 30 days.
Once the form has been submitted, there is no way to retrieve it to make corrections. In a case like this, provided you have saved the form, you can to back into it, correct the error and resubmit it. This will generate a new DS-160 confirmation sheet with a new bar code.