Public Charge Questionnaire

Applicants may be asked to present a completed DS-5540, Public Charge Questionnaire, at their visa interview. Applicants are encouraged to prepare the form and any supporting evidence prior to their interview.

  1. Applicants may download the DS-5540 here

  2. Applicants may review this information on the DS-5540, Public Charge Questionnaire

  3. Applicants may scan and upload completed DS-5540 under the principal applicant in CEAC. Applicants may bring a copy to their interview.

  4. Applicants may want to consider gathering any required supporting documents they wish to provide. Supporting evidence and documentation should not be uploaded to CEAC, but applicants may prepare and bring to their interview those items they would like the consular officer to consider.

NOTE: Completing and signing this form provides consular officers with information they need to assess whether an alien is more likely than not to become a public charge, and thus ineligible for a visa under section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Failure to complete and submit the correct form(s) upon request may delay the processing of a case.