More specifically, the applicant must electronically sign the DS-160 by clicking the “Sign Application” button at the end of the form. In this context, it is key that the applicant click the "Sign Application" and submit the DS-160 form from their individual computer as the IT staff at the U.S. State Department will be checking the IP addresses used to sign and submit the DS-160 form to make sure that they correspond to the individual visa applicant.
The problem arises for representatives (outside or in house counsel), how do you handle processing such applications for high level visa applicants (executives, managers, performers, athletes and their family members) who do not have the time (on average at least 1 hour must be devoted to each application) to fill out these lengthy visa application forms?
For employers, attorneys and their staff we recommend the following course of action to comply with these new DS-160 electronic signature requirements:
1) Obtain written consent to create individual account for each visa applicant, such as an email confirmation of consent;
2) Create an individual account (user name and password) for each applicant;
3) Fill out form for applicant saving the form as a draft version on applicant's individual account;
4) Once form is ready for submission, with visa applicant on phone, have applicant login, retrieve draft form, review carefully all information on the form, click "Sign Application" button and submit form; and
5) Have applicant forward DS-160 submission confirmation page to representative to secure visa appointment.
FYI, the submission of an application containing any false or misleading statements may result in the permanent refusal of a visa or denial of entry into the United States. All declarations made in the application are made under penalty of perjury. Thus, it is not advisable to sign the DS-160 form on behalf of the applicant under any circumstance except in the situation where a parent or legal guardian is signing for a minor child or a disabled person only.