The DS-260 form is not specifically for a Green Card application. It is a form used for immigrant visa applications for individuals who are seeking to immigrate to the United States permanently. The purpose of the DS-260 form is to collect biographic and background information from applicants and their accompanying family members.
The DS-260 form is typically required for various immigrant visa categories, such as family-sponsored visas, employment-based visas, diversity visas (DV Lottery), and certain special immigrant visas. The specific visa category determines whether the applicant will ultimately receive a Green Card or another type of immigrant visa.
Once the DS-260 form is submitted and processed, applicants may undergo additional steps, including a medical examination, interview, and background checks. If approved, the applicant will receive an immigrant visa, which allows them to travel to the United States and apply for entry as a permanent resident. Upon entry into the United States, the immigrant visa holder will typically receive a Green Card, which is evidence of their lawful permanent resident status.
It’s important to note that the Green Card itself is not obtained through the DS-260 form but rather as a result of the successful completion of the immigrant visa process. The DS-260 form is an important step in the overall process of obtaining a Green Card or another type of immigrant visa. The specific instructions and requirements for the DS-260 form will depend on the visa category and the U.S. embassy/consulate processing the case.
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