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A Walkthrough of the Form DS-160

February 21, 2013
Web Seminar

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A Walkthrough of the Form DS-160

This 90 minute web seminar was presented live on February 21, 2013, from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time.

This panel will give an overview of the Department of State's online nonimmigrant visa application Form DS-160. The panel will give practice pointers on what documents and information visa applicants need, and will outline the process of filling out the DS-160. Panelists will address pitfalls to avoid with the DS-160, while providing practical tips to give clients about how to submit an accurate and comprehensive application to increase their chances of visa issuance.

  • How Does the Applicant Access the Form DS-160?
  • Required Information on the DS-160 for Various Nonimmigrant Visas
  • Tricky Questions About “Immediate Relatives” in the U.S. or Criminal History.
  • Beware of Fraud Finding and Life Time Bar Under INA §212(a)(6)(c)(i)
  • How to Address Prior Visa Refusals, Unlawful Presence, or Status Violations


Anastasia Tonello (dl), AILA Department of State Liaison Committee Chair, New York, NY
Anastasia Tonello is a partner at Laura Devine Attorneys LLC, and at the associated firm, Laura Devine Solicitors in London. Anastasia was an officer of AILA's Rome District Chapter, and is currently the AILA Department of State Liaison Committee Chair. She received a B.A. from Indiana University and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Ms. Tonello has been recognized in Who's Who Legal, Legal 500 UK Edition, Chambers Guide, and SuperLawyers.

Paul L. Samartin, AILA USCIS International Operations Liaison Committee, London, England
Paul L. Samartin is head of Laura Devine Solicitors' US immigration practice. He specializes in business- and family-based immigration to the United States, and has extensive experience working with embassies and consulates throughout Europe. He regularly speaks on a wide range of business- and family-based immigration matters and has written numerous articles for AILA. He earned his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law and is admitted to the State Bar of California.

Myron Morales, Houston, TX
Myron R. Morales is an attorney with Morales PLLC. He is a past AILA Canada Chapter Liaison to the U.S. Consulate General Calgary. Mr. Morales received his J.D. from the South Texas College of Law (2000).

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The "A Walkthrough of the Form DS-160" web seminar takes place Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the times noted below:

  • 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time
  • 1:00 pm-2:30 pm central time
  • 12:00 pm-1:30 pm mountain time
  • 11:00 am-12:30 pm pacific time

The registration deadline for this seminar is 11:59 pm ET on 2/20/13.

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