Who Can Electronically Sign the DS-160?

The Department of State Liaison committee reminds practitioners that despite conflicting statements from consular officers, most notably during the Rome District Chapter's Paris conference in October, it is still the Department of State's official policy that the DS-160 must be electronically signed and submitted by the visa applicant.

The only instances where another individual may sign the DS-160 are if the applicant is under the age of 16 or physically incapable of completing the application. In such cases, the application may be signed by the applicant's parent, legal guardian or another person having legal custody of, or a legitimate interest in, the applicant. The applicant's attorney, paralegal or other representative would not normally comply with this narrow exception.

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